• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 23.00mm - 675.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1008.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon L820 advantages over Canon SX420 IS

  • Larger lens aperture
    f/3.0 vs f/3.5
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 540 vs 195 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More dots on screen
    921k 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
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    8.0 fps vs 0.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    3200 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon SX420 IS advantages over Nikon L820

  • More telephoto lens reach
    1,008 mm vs 675 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Newer
    3 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    325g vs 470g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    20.0 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

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
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use HDMI output 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

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon L810

Nikon L820
Nikon L810
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $280
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • HDMI out
Canon SX420 IS
Nikon L810
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Newer
  • $280
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • HDMI out

Compared to Samsung WB100

Nikon L820
Samsung WB100
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Canon SX420 IS
Samsung WB100
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Newer
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Nikon L830

Nikon L820
Nikon L830
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • Faster shutter
  • $222
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Longer stills battery life
Canon SX420 IS
Nikon L830
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Newer
  • $222
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Canon SX400 IS

Nikon L820
Canon SX400 IS
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Lighter weight
Canon SX420 IS
Canon SX400 IS
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus

Compared to Canon SX410 IS

Nikon L820
Canon SX410 IS
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Newer
Canon SX420 IS
Canon SX410 IS
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
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