Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix S8400W vs Nikon Coolpix L830

Fujifilm FinePix S8300 vs Nikon Coolpix L820

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Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix S8300

Great zoom
Zoom
42x
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
480 fps
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L820

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps

galleries

Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Fujifilm FinePix S8300. Explore our gallery of 30 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L820.

differences

Advantages of the Fujifilm S8300

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Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The S8300's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Zoom
More zoom
42x vs 29.3x
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More than 2x more zoom
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
480 fps vs 240 fps
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2x higher fps
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/2.9 vs f/3.0
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Almost the same
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1500s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
8s vs 4s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon L820

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Size
Smaller
111x76x85 mm vs 123x87x116 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
23 mm vs 24 mm
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
470 g vs 670 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
3.3" vs 4.6"
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Around 30% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$159.95 vs $199.99
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The best price we've seen is $40 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              S8300480 fps
              L820240 fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              S83004.6"
              L8203.3"
              Weight Heavy Help
              S8300670 g
              L820470 g
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              S8300123x87x116 mm
              L820111x76x85 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S8300$199.99
              L820$159.95
              Common Weaknesses
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $179 - $207

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188

              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $199

              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Fujifilm FinePix S8200

              Fujifilm FinePix S8200

              Super zoom

              $154

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Super zoom

              $124 - $230

              Thickness Is thinner
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Fujifilm FinePix S8300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $487

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Samsung NX3000

              Samsung NX3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $365 - $480 with 20-50mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much smaller
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Samsung NX20

              Samsung NX20

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $700 body only

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Samsung NX Mini

              Samsung NX Mini

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $371 body only

              $348 - $439 with 9-27mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much smaller
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Nikon Coolpix L820 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $210

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Slightly smaller
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $171

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $131

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $247 - $267

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Zoom More zoom
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $100

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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