• 1/2.5 inch 24.7mm2
  • 8.0 megapixels
  • 36.00mm - 360.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 27.00mm - 486.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SX100 IS advantages over Nikon P80

  • Less expensive
    $300 vs $400 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Fast startup
    ~1.90 vs 3.6 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 400 vs 250 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    46 mm vs 78 mm
    Thinner
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 8 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Nikon P80 advantages over Canon SX100 IS

  • Larger sensor
    1/2.33 inch vs 1/2.5 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • More telephoto lens reach
    486 mm vs 360 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • More dots on screen
    230k vs 172k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    10.1 vs 8.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    27 mm vs 36 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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
  • 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
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm S8100fd

Canon SX100 IS
Fujifilm S8100fd
  • $300
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon P80
Fujifilm S8100fd
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer exposure
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch

Compared to Sony DSC-H50

Canon SX100 IS
Sony DSC-H50
  • $300
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon P80
Sony DSC-H50
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Wider angle lens
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Olympus SP-565UZ

Canon SX100 IS
Olympus SP-565UZ
  • $300
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon P80
Olympus SP-565UZ
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Pentax X70

Canon SX100 IS
Pentax X70
  • $300
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon P80
Pentax X70
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Manual focus
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FZ35

Canon SX100 IS
Panasonic DMC-FZ35
  • $300
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon P80
Panasonic DMC-FZ35
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
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