Canon SX10 IS vs Nikon S9700

Canon PowerShot SX10 IS front
Nikon Coolpix S9700 front

Canon SX10 IS vs Nikon S9700 Key Specs

Canon SX10 IS
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-560mm (F2.8-5.7) lens
  • 600g - 128 x 88 x 87mm
  • Launched January 2009
  • Replacement is Canon SX20 IS
Nikon S9700
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-750mm (F3.7-6.4) lens
  • 232g - 110 x 64 x 35mm
  • Released February 2014
  • Succeeded the Nikon S9500
  • Replacement is Nikon S9900
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Canon SX10 IS vs Nikon S9700 Overview

Its time to look a bit more in depth at the Canon SX10 IS and Nikon S9700, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by competitors Canon and Nikon. There is a huge difference among the sensor resolutions of the SX10 IS (10MP) and S9700 (16MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The SX10 IS was introduced 6 years before the S9700 and that is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Canon SX10 IS being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Nikon S9700 being a Compact camera.

Before we go in to a in-depth comparison, below is a short summation of how the SX10 IS grades vs the S9700 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX10 IS over the Nikon S9700

 SX10 IS S9700 
Manual focus More precise focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Nikon S9700 over the Canon SX10 IS

 S9700 SX10 IS 
ReleasedFebruary 2014January 2009Fresher by 61 months
Screen sizing3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution921k230kClearer screen (+691k dot)

Common features in the Canon SX10 IS and Nikon S9700

 SX10 IS S9700 
Touch friendly screen Neither features Touch friendly screen

Canon SX10 IS vs Nikon S9700 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is going to carry your camera often, you will have to consider its weight and volume. The Canon SX10 IS enjoys exterior dimensions of 128mm x 88mm x 87mm (5.0" x 3.5" x 3.4") and a weight of 600 grams (1.32 lbs) whilst the Nikon S9700 has sizing of 110mm x 64mm x 35mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4") having a weight of 232 grams (0.51 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you have at that moment. Below is the front view dimension comparison of the SX10 IS vs the S9700.

Canon SX10 IS vs Nikon S9700 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the SX10 IS and S9700 is 65 and 90 respectively.

Canon SX10 IS vs Nikon S9700 top view buttons comparison

Canon SX10 IS vs Nikon S9700 Sensor Comparison

Usually, its hard to see the difference in sensor sizing only by researching a spec sheet. The visual below will give you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the SX10 IS and S9700.

Clearly, both cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same resolution. You should expect the Nikon S9700 to result in greater detail using its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also help you crop pictures far more aggressively. The older SX10 IS will be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Canon SX10 IS vs Nikon S9700 sensor size comparison

Canon SX10 IS vs Nikon S9700 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX10 IS vs Nikon S9700 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon SX10 IS
Portrait photography with Nikon S9700
focusing manually
high flash sync speed (1/500 seconds)
has face detection focusing
low MP (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
good MP (16MP)
features face detection focus
manual focus not available
external flash not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon SX10 IS Street photography advice
Nikon S9700 Street photography advice
screen can move to multiple angles
has image stabilization (Optical)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
more heavy than others (600g)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (232g)
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Canon SX10 IS as a Sports photography camera
Nikon S9700 as a Sports photography camera
great zoom range (28-560mm 20.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
low MP (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
great zoom range (25-750mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX10 IS Travel photography factors
Nikon S9700 Travel photography factors
has built in flash
screen is selfie friendly
decently wide (28mm)
very long reach (560mm)
missing Timelapse function
more heavy than others (600 grams)
low MP (10MP)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
lighter than competition in class (232 grams)
good MP (16MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (25mm)
very long zoom (750mm)
no Time Lapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX10 IS Landscape photography features
Nikon S9700 Landscape photography features
focusing manually
decently wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inches)
low MP (10MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
missing Timelapse function
decently wide (25mm)
good sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.7)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX10 IS Vlogging information
Nikon S9700 Vlogging information
decently wide (28mm)
screen is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focusing
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
video quality not great (640 x 480 pxls)
missing external microphone support
more heavy than others (600g)
decently wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition in class (232 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.7)
display isn't selfie friendly
no external mic support
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Canon SX10 IS vs Nikon S9700 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX10 IS and Nikon S9700
 Canon PowerShot SX10 ISNikon Coolpix S9700
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Model Canon PowerShot SX10 IS Nikon Coolpix S9700
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2009-01-15 2014-02-07
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 -
Peak resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 1600 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 125
RAW support
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 9 99
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-560mm (20.0x) 25-750mm (30.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-5.7 f/3.7-6.4
Macro focus distance 0cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Type of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.5 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Display technology - TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Minimum shutter speed 15 seconds 8 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/3200 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames per sec 7.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.20 m 6.00 m
Flash options Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/500 seconds -
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30/25p, 60/50i) 1280 x 720 (60/50/30/25/15/12.5p) 960 x 540 (30/25p) 640 x 480 (120/30/25p) 320 x 240 (240p)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Wireless None Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 600g (1.32 lb) 232g (0.51 lb)
Dimensions 128 x 88 x 87mm (5.0" x 3.5" x 3.4") 110 x 64 x 35mm (4.3" x 2.5" x 1.4")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Battery life - 300 shots
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model - EN-EL12
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec or custom) Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/MMC card SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Cost at release $275 $350