Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L830 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

Nikon Coolpix L820 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

Winner
Nikon Coolpix L820

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

52

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L820

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/2000 of a second
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

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

differences

Advantages of the Nikon L820

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8 fps vs 1 fps
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8x faster continuous shooting
Wide angle
Better wide angle
23 mm vs 25 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Size
Smaller
111x76x85 mm vs 124x84x91 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Lighter
470 g vs 558 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$159.95 vs $282.22
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The best price we've seen is $122 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.3" vs 3.6"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LZ30

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Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-LZ30's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
35x vs 29.3x
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More than 40% more zoom
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
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L8203.3"
              DMC-LZ303.6"
              Weight Heavy Help
              L820470 g
              DMC-LZ30558 g
              Size Large Help
              L820111x76x85 mm
              DMC-LZ30124x84x91 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              L82029.3x
              DMC-LZ3035x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $179 - $207

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $209 - $210

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $100

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $144

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life
              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Super zoom

              $124 - $230

              Thickness Is thinner
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $286

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a much shorter battery life

              Nikon Coolpix L820 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $173

              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

              $129

              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

              $267 - $297

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Zoom More zoom
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $215 - $297

              Zoom More zoom
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40

              Super zoom

              $170

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              Super zoom

              $225

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Zoom Less zoom
              Fujifilm FinePix S4200

              Fujifilm FinePix S4200

              Super zoom

              $200

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

              Pro digicam

              $548

              Aperture Wider aperture
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Screen size Much smaller screen

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