Face-Off: Coolpix L610 vs PowerShot SX230 HS

Nikon Coolpix L610
Nikon Coolpix L610
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Nikon Coolpix L610 Canon PowerShot SX230 HS
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Nikon Coolpix L610
Overview - Full review
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS
Overview - Full review
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Overall Scene
Nikon Coolpix L610
Canon PowerShot SX230 HS
Score
3/5
4/5
Handling
3/5 4/5
Speed
5/5 3/5
Image Quality
4/5 5/5
Video
4/5 5/5
User Score
4/5 (2)
4/5 (4)
Specifications
Specifications
Sensor BSI CMOS 16 Mpx, 1/2.3" , 56 Mpx/cm
Lens 14x 25-350 mm f/3.3 -5.9
Stabilisation Optical
Viewfinder NC
Screen 7.5 mm, TN, 460000 dots, 4:3, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 125 - 1600 ISO ext. 34 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps , Stereo
Internal memory
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV HDMI
Power source 2 AA / NA
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 67 x 107 x 35 mm / 233 g
Specifications
Sensor BSI CMOS 12 Mpx, 1/2.3" , 42 Mpx/cm
Lens 14x 28-392 mm f/3.1 -5.9
Stabilisation Optical
Viewfinder NC
Screen 7.5 cm, not TN, 460000 dots, 16:9, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 3200 ISO ext. 63 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 24 fps , Stereo
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV HDMI GPS
Power source NB-5L
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 62 x 106 x 33 mm / 213 g
Conclusion
The Nikon Coolpix L610 could suit undemanding users looking for a simple camera. However, there are many better cameras out there, including similarly priced models like the Canon SX230 HS, which also has full PSAM modes to help take beginners further.
The Canon PowerShot SX230 HS is a very good camera indeed. It takes high-quality photos, films great video, and the interface and controls are nicely designed. It's just a shame about the battery life, which lasts well under 300 photos (even without the GPS switched on!), which costs this otherwise excellent camera its fifth star.
Pros

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Good general responsiveness

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Picture quality at wide-angle

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Easy to use

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Full HD video with zoom

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Powered by AA batteries

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Excellent overall image quality (sharpness, sensitivity)

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Sharp 1080p video with decent functions (zoom etc.)

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Audio quality (stereo effect in particular)

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High-end build and advanced settings (PSAM, manual focusing)

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Clear, simple interface in Auto modes

Cons

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TN screen, tight viewing angles

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Audio quality in video mode

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Poor battery life / Powered by AA batteries

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Could be more responsive

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Poor battery life

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Annoying pop-up flash