42points

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

43points

Nikon Coolpix L820

82points

Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
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Canon PowerShot SX500 IS vs Nikon Coolpix L820 vs Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

Why is Canon PowerShot SX500 IS better than Nikon Coolpix L820 & Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM?

  • Weight
    341gvs470,492g
  • Has built-in optical image stabilization
  • Has AF tracking
  • Volume
    579.69cm³vs709.2085,969.3745600000002cm³
  • Width
    69.5mmvs76.3,92mm
  • Thickness
    80.2mmvs84.5,84.7mm
  • Height
    104mmvs110,124.4mm

Why is Nikon Coolpix L820 better than Canon PowerShot SX500 IS & Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM?

  • Has a BSI sensor
  • Widest aperture
    f/3 vs3.4,3.5f

Why is Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM better than Canon PowerShot SX500 IS & Nikon Coolpix L820?

  • Megapixels
    16.2MPvs16,16MP
  • Sensor size
    23.5 x 15.6mmvs6.17 x 4.55,6.17 x 4.55mm
  • Continuous shooting at high resolution
    10fpsvs0.8,8fps
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Maximum light sensitivity
    12800 ISOvs1600,3200 ISO
  • Video recording (main camera)
    1080 x 60fpsvs720 x 25,1080 x 30fps
  • Has phase detection autofocus for videos
  • Has phase detection autofocus for photos

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Design

1.has a flip-out screen
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

Flip-out screens are useful for doing tricky shots.

2.pixel density

327ppi

462ppi

471ppi

Best

Panasonic Lumix DC-TS7

2160ppi

3.resolution

784 x 588px

1108 x 831px

1176 x 784px

Best

Panasonic Lumix DC-TS7

5184 x 3888px

4.has an optical viewfinder
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

An optical viewfinder (or OVF) allows the photographer to compose a shot while seeing exactly what the lens sees. There is no time lag and they require no power - as opposed to electronic viewfinders which can drain battery life. They are also better in low light situations.

5.Has a built-in focus motor
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

The focus motor moves the lens in order to autofocus. For system cameras, having a focus motor in the camera's body allows you to use a wide range of lenses, including lenses which do not have their own focus motor. For compact cameras, a focus motor is usually built-in.

6.Has an electronic viewfinder (EVF)
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

An electronic viewfinder (or EVF) is a small display showing the image. Benefits of these over optical viewfinders include: they show more of the image, they can be more compact, focusing is easier with digital zoom, and they can also sometimes have extra info on the display, eg. a live histogram.

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Optics

1.sensor size

6.17 x 4.55mm

6.17 x 4.55mm

23.5 x 15.6mm

The larger the sensor the more light the sensor captures yielding in better image quality.

Best

Polaroid Snap

81.2 x 25.4mm

2.widest aperture

f/3.4

f/3

f/3.5

With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.

Best

Ricoh GR II

f/1

3.has AF tracking
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

With AF tracking, once you choose the subject and press the shutter release part way down, as the subject moves, the autofocus will follow it. No more out of focus shots.

4.megapixels

16MP

16MP

16.2MP

Best

Panono Camera

108MP

5.maximum light sensitivity

1600 ISO

3200 ISO

12800 ISO

With a higher light sensitivity (ISO level), the sensor absorbs more light. This can be used to capture moving objects using a fast shutter speed, or to take images in low light without using a flash.

Best

Nikon D7500 + Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

1640000 ISO

6.Has phase detection autofocus for photos
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

A phase detection autofocus is much faster than a contrast detection autofocus, allowing for sharper images.

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Videography

1.video recording (main camera)

720 x 25fps

1080 x 30fps

1080 x 60fps

The maximum resolution available for videos shot with the main camera. Although it may be possible to choose among other frame rates, those recordings usually have lower resolutions.

Best

Fujifilm X-T3

2160 x 60fps

2.Has phase detection autofocus for videos
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

A phase detection autofocus system is faster than a contrast detection autofocus system. Even when recording scenes with a lot of fast movements, the videos are sharp and clear.

3.has continuous autofocus when recording movies
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.

4.supports AVCHD format
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) is a file-based format for the digital recording and playback of high-definition video. It's a standard popular among professional cameras and camcorders.

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Audio

1.has a stereo microphone
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

A stereo microphone allows to record audio files or movies in stereo without an external microphone.

2.has a microphone in
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

A microphone port allows connecting external high-end or specialized microphones.

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Battery

1. longer battery life

195shots

870shots

330shots

CIPA is an independent, standard measurement that determines how many shots a camera can take before the battery dies.

Best

Nikon D3x

4400shots

2.has a removable battery
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.

3.has a rechargeable battery
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

The battery can be recharged and used over again.

4.has a battery level indicator
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.

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Features

1.Has WiFi
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

The device can connect to WiFi.

2.has an external memory slot
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

The device has a standard memory slot (such as an SD or micro SD card slot) so that you can either extend the internal storage with affordable memory modules or you can retrieve data, such as photographs, easily from a memory card.

3.can be controlled remotely
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

A remote control allows you to control the device remotely. The remote control can be included or optional.

4.has GPS
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

GPS enables global positioning, useful in map, geo-tagging or navigation apps.

5.has a HDMI output
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.

6.has an accelerometer
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

An accelerometer is a sensor used to measure the linear acceleration of a device. A common application is detecting when a device changes between vertical and horizontal positions.

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Miscellaneous

1.has 3D photo/video recording capabilities
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

The device captures 3D still photos and/or 3D videos due to two separate lenses.

2.Has focus motor
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

Lenses with a built-in focus motor can autofocus even if the camera does not have its own focus motor.

3.Has rounded aperture blades
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

Similar to the number of aperture blades, rounded blades affect the way the light gets through to the sensor. Rounded blades, often only found on more expensive lenses, improve the appearance of the out-of-focus areas. This allows you to attain better, softer looking bokeh in your photos.

4.Is a normal lens
Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
Nikon Coolpix L820
Sony SLT-A55 + Sony DT 18-55mm/ F3.5-5.6 SAM

A normal lens is one that doesn't fall into another category such as wide angle or telephoto, and typically has a focal length between 35mm and 70mm. These lenses aren't tailored towards a specific type of photography, and so are quite versatile.

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