Size and weight is a big decision factor when you are trying to find the ideal camera for your needs.
In this section, We are going to illustrate Canon SD970 IS and Nikon P7800 side-by-side from the front, back and top in their relative dimensions. Canon SD970 IS has external dimensions of 96 x 57 x 26 mm (3.78 x 2.24 x 1.02″) and weighs 160 g (0.35 lb / 5.64 oz) (including batteries). Nikon P7800 has external dimensions of 119 x 78 x 50 mm (4.69 x 3.07 x 1.97″) and weighs 399 g (0.88 lb / 14.07 oz) (including batteries).
Below you can see the front view size comparison of Canon SD970 IS and Nikon P7800. Canon SD970 IS is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 23mm narrower, 21mm shorter and 24mm thinner than Nikon P7800.
Weight is another important factor especially when deciding on a camera that you want to carry with you all day.
Canon SD970 IS is significantly lighter (239g ) than the Nikon P7800 which may become a big advantage especially on long walking trips.
Unfortunately neither Canon PowerShot SD970 IS / Digital IXUS 990 IS nor Nikon Coolpix P7800 provides any type of weather sealing in their body, so you have to give extra care especially when you are shooting outdoors. If weather sealing is a must-have feature for you, check these sections: Top Compact Cameras with Weather Sealing
LCD Screen Size and Features
Canon SD970 IS and Nikon P7800's LCD screens has the same diagonal size of 3".
On the other hand, Nikon P7800 sports a Fully Articulated screen
which you can change the angle and position of the screen almost freely, making it possible to shoot from waist or over the head levels, and especially very useful for shooting selfies and video. Canon SD970 IS's LCD screen is a fixed type which provides almost no flexibility in shooting positions compared to P7800.