Canon PowerShot D30 vs. Nikon Coolpix AW120

Both Canon and Nikon are big names in the camera industry. They continuously battle against each other for market share and domination. They have various products ready in every price range. Now, for an affordable and durable compact digital camera, Canon is ready with the PowerShot D30. On the other side, Nikon has the Coolpix AW120. Which compact camera should you choose? Read the comparisons to determine the answer!

Canon PowerShot D30 vs Nikon Coolpix AW120

Both Canon PowerShot D30 and Nikon Coolpix AW120 have weather sealed bodies. They are completely sealed so that they can endure some splashes and perform under rain without any problem. Both are generally lightweight and compact, but Canon PowerShot D30 is the slightly smaller and slimmer one between the two. The edge of the housing has been equipped with a textured black frame, and the are dotted pads on the front and rear sides where you place your fingers, ensuring solid and secure non-slip holding. On the other hand, Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a highly textured side frame, but most of the housing is glossy and shiny. That’s indeed stylish and good-looking, but the camera has a higher chance of slipping from your hand, especially if it is wet or your hand is sweaty.

Canon PowerShot D30 is equipped with a 28–140mm F/3.9–4.8 zoom lens, while Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a 24–120mm F/2.8–4.9 zoom lens. As you can see, Canon PowerShot D30 is slightly better at tele. It has a longer tele reach and is faster at tele. On the other hand, though, Nikon Coolpix AW120 is quite faster at wide. Both models already have built-in optical image stabilization, so they can give you sharper, clearer shots even if your hands tremble.

However, the performance of Nikon Coolpix AW120 is way much better than Canon PowerShot D30. Nikon Coolpix AW120 has higher maximum ISO and shutter speed, allowing you to handle more challenging conditions and be more creative. The continuous shooting speed is also much higher at 7 fps, which is still pretty much usable for some purposes, as opposed to Canon PowerShot D30’s 2 fps. The Nikon camera also has a higher sensor resolution and built-in Wi-Fi. The Canon counterpart here does not have Wi-Fi.

- 3" fixed LCD with 461,000 dots
- 1080/24p HD video plus super slow motion video at 640x480 (H.264)
- Waterproof to 25m / 82'
- Shockproof to 2m / 6.5'
- 28-140mm F3.9-4.8 equivalent lens with optical image stabilization (5x optical zoom)
- 16MP 1/2.3-Inch-type CMOS sensor
- 24-120mm F2.8-4.9 equivalent lens (5x optical zoom)
- ISO 125-1600 (expandable to 6400)
- Up to 6.9 fps continuous shooting
- 3-Inch OLED LCD with 921,000 dots

In the end, we recommend you to choose Nikon Coolpix AW120. It has better, more powerful features. Canon PowerShot D30 has a nice design, but the features are not on par.

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