• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 450.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 750.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SX610 HS advantages over Nikon S9900

  • Less expensive
    $199 vs $279
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Thinner
    26 mm vs 39 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    191g vs 289g
    Lighter weight
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 230k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 8 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Nikon S9900 advantages over Canon SX610 HS

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • More telephoto lens reach
    750 mm vs 450 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video

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
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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
  • 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

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The Competition

Compared to Canon SX600 HS

Canon SX610 HS
Canon SX600 HS
  • $209
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More dots on screen
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
Nikon S9900
Canon SX600 HS
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus

Compared to Nikon S9700

Canon SX610 HS
Nikon S9700
  • $209
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $280
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon S9900
Nikon S9700
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $280
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Shoots 60p video

Compared to Canon 350 HS

Canon SX610 HS
Canon 350 HS
  • $209
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
Nikon S9900
Canon 350 HS
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus

Compared to Canon 360 HS

Canon SX610 HS
Canon 360 HS
  • $209
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Newer
Nikon S9900
Canon 360 HS
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus

Compared to Sony HX80

Canon SX610 HS
Sony HX80
  • $209
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $338
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon S9900
Sony HX80
  • $279
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $338
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer stills battery life
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