Both makers have many models and offer excellent products.
Lens quality and the signal processing electronics have much more to do with image quality than the number of pixels; especially now that all camers have several million. My first digital camera was a 640x480 Sony Mavica and it took far better pictures than a lot of cameras with more pixels. My 2 MP Canon Elph put a lot of 5 MP cameras to shame as well.
I recommend deciding what your budget is then compare the models of both lines at that price point. I don't think you'll do wrong with either choice but one or the other might have a specific feature you need that the other lacks.
I currently have a Canon Powershot SD700IS and it is a great little camera.
I'd recommend the Canon Powershot. Larger zoom range, has a manual focus, and I think has better quality movies and better sound than the Nikon. I'm actually selling my Nikon after purchasing a G9. It has 23 different shooting modes, including the "night scene" which I really like. I thought the image quality was really good, and the camera just seems more user friendly.
I like my Canon Powershot. I haven't had any problems with it. I've never used a coolpix.
I like Nikon cameras better. Im looking for a new camera as well.
Thanks everybody, I think i'll Get the Canon, Thanxx again ^^ :D
the one that has more pixels