Updated (January 2014): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L830 vs Nikon Coolpix L3

Nikon Coolpix L820 vs Nikon Coolpix L3

Winner
Nikon Coolpix L820

40

Nikon Coolpix L3

19

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L820

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
8 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L3

Size
Really small
Compact (91×61×26 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1"
Weight
Light-weight
170 g

galleries

Explore our gallery of 30 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L820.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L3.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon L820

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
23 mm vs 38 mm
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Around 40% better wide angle
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2"
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More than 50% larger screen
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 10.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 10x closer to the lens
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 86k dots
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More than 10.5x higher resolution screen
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Zoom
More zoom
29.3x vs 3.1x
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Around 92.5x more zoom
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
9.7 MP vs 5 MP
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Capture more than 90% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8 fps vs 1.7 fps
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More than 4.5x faster continuous shooting
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the L820's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs 1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
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Advantages of the Nikon L3

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Size
Significantly smaller
91×61×26 mm vs 111×76×85 mm
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5x smaller
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1" vs 3.3"
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3.3x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
170 g vs 470 g
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2.8x lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$149.99 vs $209.99
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The best price we've seen is $60 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $209 - $227

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $157

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $425

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix L820 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $297

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $198

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $187

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $249

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

              Nikon Coolpix L3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $495 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $188

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Leica C Typ112

              Leica C Typ112

              Pro digicam

              $669

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L32

              Nikon Coolpix L32

              Compact

              $97

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker

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