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Canon SX60 HS vs Nikon L840

Portability
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Imaging
41
Features
67
Overall
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Canon PowerShot SX60 HS front
 
Nikon Coolpix L840 front
Portability
67
Imaging
41
Features
48
Overall
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Canon SX60 HS vs Nikon L840 Key Specs

Canon SX60 HS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 21-1365mm (F3.4-6.5) lens
  • 650g - 128 x 93 x 114mm
  • Released September 2014
  • Older Model is Canon SX50 HS
Nikon L840
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-855mm (F3.0-6.5) lens
  • 538g - 114 x 89 x 96mm
  • Revealed February 2015
  • Earlier Model is Nikon L830
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Canon SX60 HS vs Nikon L840 Overview

Below is a extensive assessment of the Canon SX60 HS vs Nikon L840, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by manufacturers Canon and Nikon. The resolution of the SX60 HS (16MP) and the L840 (16MP) is fairly close and they possess the same exact sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The SX60 HS was released 4 months prior to the L840 so they are both of a similar generation. Each of the cameras offer the identical body type (SLR-like (bridge)).

Before diving in to a thorough comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the SX60 HS grades against the L840 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon SX60 HS over the Nikon L840

 SX60 HS L840 
Manual focus Very precise focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating display
Display resolution922k921kCrisper display (+1k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Nikon L840 over the Canon SX60 HS

 L840 SX60 HS 

Common features in the Canon SX60 HS and Nikon L840

 SX60 HS L840 
RevealedSeptember 2014February 2015Same generation
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display dimensions
Touch friendly display Lacking Touch friendly display

Canon SX60 HS vs Nikon L840 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to lug around your camera, you'll have to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Canon SX60 HS provides external dimensions of 128mm x 93mm x 114mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 4.5") along with a weight of 650 grams (1.43 lbs) whilst the Nikon L840 has dimensions of 114mm x 89mm x 96mm (4.5" x 3.5" x 3.8") along with a weight of 538 grams (1.19 lbs).

Look at the Canon SX60 HS vs Nikon L840 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are working with at that moment. Underneath is the front view physical size comparison of the SX60 HS versus the L840.

Canon SX60 HS vs Nikon L840 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the SX60 HS and L840 is 61 and 67 respectively.

Canon SX60 HS vs Nikon L840 top view buttons comparison

Canon SX60 HS vs Nikon L840 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very difficult to imagine the gap in sensor measurements simply by looking through a spec sheet. The graphic underneath may provide you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the SX60 HS and L840.

Clearly, both cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the same exact resolution so you should expect comparable quality of pictures though you might want to take the production date of the cameras into account.

Canon SX60 HS vs Nikon L840 sensor size comparison

Canon SX60 HS vs Nikon L840 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon SX60 HS vs Nikon L840 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon SX60 HS as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon L840 as a Portrait photography camera
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has manual focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
has face detect focusing
supports RAW formats
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
36
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
provides face detect autofocus
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon SX60 HS as a Street photography camera
Nikon L840 as a Street photography camera
56
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
more heavy than others (650 grams)
51
has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Optical)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
more heavy than average (538g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon SX60 HS
Sports photography with Nikon L840
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long zoom range (21-1365mm 65.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
has tracking focus
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
51
amazing zoom range (23-855mm 37.2 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
good battery (590 shots)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Canon SX60 HS Travel photography details
Nikon L840 Travel photography details
57
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
decently wide (21mm)
long reach (1365mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
more heavy than others (650g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
57
good battery (590 per charge)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
decently wide (23mm)
very long reach (855mm)
no Timelapse function
more heavy than average (538g)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon SX60 HS Landscape photography info
Nikon L840 Landscape photography info
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has manual focus
decently wide (21mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
supports RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of Timelapse mode
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decently wide (23mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
good battery (590 shots)
no manual focus
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
lack of manual exposure
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
no Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon SX60 HS Vlogging details
Nikon L840 Vlogging details
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decently wide (21mm)
selfie friendly screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with microphone socket
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.4)
more heavy than others (650g)
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decently wide (23mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
no microphone support
more heavy than average (538 grams)
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Canon SX60 HS vs Nikon L840 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon SX60 HS and Nikon L840
 Canon PowerShot SX60 HSNikon Coolpix L840
General Information
Make Canon Nikon
Model type Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Nikon Coolpix L840
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2014-09-16 2015-02-10
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Processor Chip DIGIC 6 -
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Highest resolution 4608 x 3072 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 21-1365mm (65.0x) 23-855mm (37.2x)
Max aperture f/3.4-6.5 f/3.0-6.5
Macro focusing distance 0cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fully Articulated Tilting
Display sizing 3" 3"
Display resolution 922k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 922k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 15 secs 4 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 6.4 frames/s 7.4 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 5.50 m 6.90 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, on, slow synchro, off -
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 650 grams (1.43 pounds) 538 grams (1.19 pounds)
Dimensions 128 x 93 x 114mm (5.0" x 3.7" x 4.5") 114 x 89 x 96mm (4.5" x 3.5" x 3.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 39 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 19.2 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.1 not tested
DXO Low light rating 127 not tested
Other
Battery life 340 pictures 590 pictures
Form of battery Battery Pack AA
Battery ID NB-10L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SC/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Cost at launch $549 $400