• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 37.00mm - 185.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 23.00mm - 675.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SD970 IS advantages over Nikon L820

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Thinner
    26 mm vs 84 mm
    Thinner
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Lighter weight
    189g vs 470g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Nikon L820 advantages over Canon SD970 IS

  • More telephoto lens reach
    675 mm vs 185 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 540 vs 270 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    5 years vs 9 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle lens
    23 mm vs 37 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.0 fps vs 1.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/1600 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

The Competition

Compared to Canon SD890 IS

Canon SD970 IS
Canon SD890 IS
  • $170
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • HDMI out
  • More dots on screen
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Nikon L820
Canon SD890 IS
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Panasonic DMC-TS1

Canon SD970 IS
Panasonic DMC-TS1
  • $170
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • More dots on screen
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Wider angle lens
  • Longer exposure
Nikon L820
Panasonic DMC-TS1
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Thinner
  • HDMI out

Compared to Sony DSC-W290

Canon SD970 IS
Sony DSC-W290
  • $170
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • HDMI out
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
Nikon L820
Sony DSC-W290
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Manual focus

Compared to Nikon L810

Canon SD970 IS
Nikon L810
  • $170
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
  • $280
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon L820
Nikon L810
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $280
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • HDMI out

Compared to Nikon L830

Canon SD970 IS
Nikon L830
  • $170
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon L820
Nikon L830
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • Faster shutter
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer stills battery life
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