• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 840.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 840.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SX30 IS advantages over Nikon A900

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.43 vs 1.19 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.7 vs f/3.4
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 8 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon A900 advantages over Canon SX30 IS

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 720p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Thinner
    39 mm vs 107 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    3 years vs 8 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    289g vs 615g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 230k 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
    20.2 vs 14.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.0 fps vs 1.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • 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
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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The Competition

Compared to Leica V-LUX 2

Canon SX30 IS
Leica V-LUX 2
  • $440
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $850
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • RAW file ability
  • More dots on screen
Nikon A900
Leica V-LUX 2
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $850
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Sony HX100V

Canon SX30 IS
Sony HX100V
  • $440
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Hot shoe
  • Wider angle lens
  • $312
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Integrated ND filter
Nikon A900
Sony HX100V
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $312
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Canon SX40 HS

Canon SX30 IS
Canon SX40 HS
  • $440
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Shoots 1080p video
Nikon A900
Canon SX40 HS
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $342
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Panasonic ZS60

Canon SX30 IS
Panasonic ZS60
  • $440
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $339
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
Nikon A900
Panasonic ZS60
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • NFC
  • $339
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Canon SX730 HS

Canon SX30 IS
Canon SX730 HS
  • $440
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
Nikon A900
Canon SX730 HS
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Newer
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