Canon PowerShot SX270 HS vs Nikon Coolpix S3700

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Canon PowerShot SX270 HS
Nikon Coolpix S3700

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Reasons For

11 Reasons For
60% bigger optical zoom Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is a 20x optical zoom digital camera. That's 12x bigger than the Nikon Coolpix S3700 (8x). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

0.2 smaller minimum aperture number Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has a minimum aperture number of 3.5, however the Nikon Coolpix S3700 is a 3.7 minimum aperture digital camera (0.2 larger).
Hugely longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is 500mm maximum focal length, but the Nikon Coolpix S3700 is only a 200mm maximum focal length digital camera (300mm shorter).
50% higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has an ISO sensitivity (max) of 6,400. That's 3,200 higher than the Nikon Coolpix S3700 (3,200).
Longer slowest camera shutter speed Edit
Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is 15s maximum shutter speed. That's 11s longer than the Nikon Coolpix S3700 (4s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

Larger display diagonal Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is a 3" screen digital camera. That's 0.3" larger than the Nikon Coolpix S3700 (2.7"). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

51% higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is 461,000 pixels display resolution. That's 231,000 pixels higher than the Nikon Coolpix S3700 (230,000 pixels).
HDMI Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has an HDMI, but the Nikon Coolpix S3700 does not have an HDMI. Read more

A HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an interface to transfer audio and video data between devices such as digital cameras, computer monitors, TVs and projectors.

A HDMI port on the camera allows you to connect the camera directly to a compatible TV for easy playback of your photos.

Histogram Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS features histogram, whereas the Nikon Coolpix S3700 does not feature histogram.
One more awards
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has 2 awards from expert review sites, whereas the Nikon Coolpix S3700 has 1 award.
Much better expert reviews
Based on 10 reviews, the average expert review score of the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is 79%, however the average rating of the Nikon Coolpix S3700 is 68% (based on 7 reviews).
5 Reasons For
Higher megapixel Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S3700 is a 20.1MP digital camera. That's 8MP higher than the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS (20.1MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

109g lighter Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S3700 has a weight of 118g, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is a 227g digital camera (109g heavier). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

240.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S3700 is a digital camera that takes 240.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS only takes 210.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Wi-Fi Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S3700 supports wi-Fi, but the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS does not support wi-Fi. Read more

WiFi connectivity allows you upload photos to your computer and the internet without connecting the camera to the computer with a cable.

WiFi connectivity makes it easier to upload your photos as you will not need a cable. Most cameras will also allow you to print photos via Wifi.

Considerably better user reviews
The average user review score of the Nikon Coolpix S3700 is 83%, but the average rating of the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is 73% (based on 51 reviews).

Reasons Against

6 Reasons Against
67% lower megapixel Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is a 12.1MP digital camera. That's 8MP lower than the Nikon Coolpix S3700 (20.1MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

A lot heavier Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has a weight of 227g, but the Nikon Coolpix S3700 is a 118g digital camera (109g lighter). Read more

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Only 210.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The number of battery life (CIPA standard)s on the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is 210.00, but the Nikon Coolpix S3700 only takes 240.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Does not support wi-Fi Edit
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS does not support wi-Fi, but the Nikon Coolpix S3700 supports wi-Fi. Read more

WiFi connectivity allows you upload photos to your computer and the internet without connecting the camera to the computer with a cable.

WiFi connectivity makes it easier to upload your photos as you will not need a cable. Most cameras will also allow you to print photos via Wifi.

Older by one year
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is one year older than the Nikon Coolpix S3700.
User review Rating is much Worse
The Canon PowerShot SX270 HS's average user score is only 73%, however the Nikon Coolpix S3700's is 83% (based on 330 reviews).
11 Reasons Against
Two times smaller optical zoom Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S3700 is an 8x optical zoom digital camera. That's 12x smaller than the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS (8x). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Moderately larger minimum aperture number Edit
Nikon Coolpix S3700 is 3.7 minimum aperture, but the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is a 3.5 minimum aperture digital camera (0.2 smaller).
300mm shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S3700 is a 200mm maximum focal length digital camera, whereas the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS is a 500mm maximum focal length digital camera (300mm longer).
Lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
Nikon Coolpix S3700 is only 3,200 maximum ISO speed. That's 3,200 lower than the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS (3,200).
Significantly shorter slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S3700 is a 4s maximum shutter speed digital camera. That's 11s shorter than the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS (4s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

12% smaller display diagonal Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S3700 has a display diagonal of 2.7". That's 0.3" smaller than the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS (2.7"). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S3700 is a 230,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 231,000 pixels lower than the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS (230,000 pixels).
Does not have an HDMI Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S3700 does not have an HDMI, however the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has an HDMI. Read more

A HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an interface to transfer audio and video data between devices such as digital cameras, computer monitors, TVs and projectors.

A HDMI port on the camera allows you to connect the camera directly to a compatible TV for easy playback of your photos.

Does not feature histogram Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S3700 does not feature histogram, but the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS features histogram.
One less award
The Nikon Coolpix S3700 has only received 1 award, however the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has received 2 awards.
Expert review Rating is considerably Worse
The Nikon Coolpix S3700 only has an average expert score of 68%, but the Canon PowerShot SX270 HS has an average expert rating of 79% (based on 10 reviews).

Awards

2 Awards
PhotographyBlog.com: Recommended
vido.com.ua: Recommended
1 Award
M3.idg.se: Recommended

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

26 months Ago 14 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel
12.1MP 20.1MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CCD
 CCD
BEST
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4000 x 3000
 4000 x 2664
 4000 x 2248
 2992 x 2992
 2816 x 2112
 2816 x 1880
 2112 x 2112
 2816 x 1584
 1920 x 1080
 1600 x 1200
 1600 x 1064
 1200 x 1200
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
 480 x 480
 640 x 360
 5152 x 3864
 5120 x 2880
 3648 x 2736
 2272 x 1704
 4000 x 3000
 4000 x 2664
 4000 x 2248
 2992 x 2992
 2816 x 2112
 2816 x 1880
 2112 x 2112
 2816 x 1584
 1920 x 1080
 1600 x 1200
 1600 x 1064
 1200 x 1200
 640 x 480
 640 x 424
 480 x 480
 640 x 360
 5152 x 3864
 5120 x 2880
 3648 x 2736
 2272 x 1704
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 5152 x 3864
 5152 x 3864
BEST
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
Total Megapixels
Unknown - Click to provide data 20.48MP
Image Stabilizer Location
 Lens
 Lens
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
 16:9
 4:3
 3:2
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
20x
BEST
8x
Digital Zoom
4x 4x
Maximum Aperture Number
Unknown - Click to provide data 6.6
Minimum Aperture Number
3.5
BEST
3.7
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
500mm
BEST
200mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
25mm 25mm
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.5 - 90 4.5 - 36
Extra/Smart Zoom
40x Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
12/10 8/7
Combined Zoom
80x Unknown - Click to provide data
Number of Aspheric Elements
2 Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
BEST
 single
 continuous
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Closest Focusing Distance
0.05m Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5 - ∞
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.02 - ∞
Auto Focus (AF) Points
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Focus
 TTL
 TTL
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5m
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.5m

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Sensitivity
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
 Auto
 64
 80
 100
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 800
 1600
 3200
 6400
ISO Sensitivity (max)
6,400
BEST
3,200
ISO Sensitivity (min)
80 80
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
15s
BEST
4s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Mechanical
 Mechanical

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Pre-flash
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Pre-flash
Flash Exposure Compensation
 Flash exposure compensation
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Range (tele)
1 - 2 0 - 1.5
Flash Range (wide)
0.5 - 3.5 0.5 - 2.8
Flash Exposure Lock
 Flash exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Exposure Correction
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)
BEST
 ±3EV (1/2, 1/3, 1 EV step)

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
BEST
 1920 x 1080
Video Formats Supported
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 AVI
 MP4
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 AVI
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
BEST
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 640x480@120fps
 320×240@240fps
 1280x720@30fps
 320×240@30fps
 320x240@25fps
BEST
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 640x480@120fps
 320×240@240fps
 1280x720@30fps
 320×240@30fps
 320x240@25fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Formats Supported
 LC-AAC
BEST
 LC-AAC
Voice Recording
 Voice recording
Unknown - Click to provide data

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Internal Memory
Unknown - Click to provide data 25MB
Memory Slots
1 1

Display

Display Diagonal
3"
BEST
2.7"
Display
 TFT
BEST
 TFT
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
461,000 pixels
BEST
230,000 pixels

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
AV Output
 AV output
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI
 HDMI
BEST
 HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
 Mini
 Mini
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B

Camera

GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Auto
 Tungsten
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Underwater
 Custom modes
 Fluorescent H
 Incandescent
 Flash
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Positive film
 Skin tones
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Neutral
 Positive film
 Skin tones
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 2,10
Histogram
 Histogram
BEST
 Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Orientation Sensor
 Orientation sensor
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing
 Resizing
 Resizing
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Tripod Mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mountable
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
 Direct printing
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Scene Modes
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Portrait
 Sports
 Underwater
 Backlight
 Beach
 Close-up (macro)
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Party (indoor)
 Sunset
 Pet
 Food
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Portrait
 Sports
 Underwater
 Backlight
 Beach
 Close-up (macro)
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Party (indoor)
 Sunset
 Pet
 Food
Languages Support
 Multi
 Multi

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
227g 118g
BEST
Height
61.1mm 58mm
Depth
32.6mm 20.1mm
Width
106.4mm 95.9mm
Weight (including Battery)
Unknown - Click to provide data 118g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 1
Battery Type
NB-6L EN-EL19
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
210 shots 240 shots
BEST

Operational Conditions

Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

System Requirements

Mac Operating Systems Supported
 Mac operating systems supported
Unknown - Click to provide data
Windows Operating Systems Supported
 Windows operating systems supported
Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
ImageBrowser EX,PhotoStitch Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 USB
BEST
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Hand Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Hand strap
Carrying Case
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Carrying case
Wrist Strap Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wrist strap included

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
BEST
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
 Bluetooth
Data Network
 Not supported
 Not supported

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash

Technical Details

Image Processor
 DIGIC 6
 DIGIC 6
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
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