Updated (January 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L820 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

Nikon Coolpix L820 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

Winner
Nikon Coolpix L820

58

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

55

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L820

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
8 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

Items often bought with the Nikon L820 or Panasonic DMC-LZ30

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Advantages of the Nikon L820

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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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8 fps vs 1 fps
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8x faster continuous shooting
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Wide angle
Better wide angle
23 mm vs 25 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Size
Smaller
111×76×85 mm vs 124×84×91 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Lighter
470 g vs 558 g
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Around 20% lighter
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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Zoom
Slightly more zoom
35x vs 29.3x
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More than 40% more zoom
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 2 f-stops better
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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              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
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L8203.3"
              DMC-LZ303.6"
              Weight Heavy Help
              L820470 g
              DMC-LZ30558 g
              Size Large Help
              L820111×76×85 mm
              DMC-LZ30124×84×91 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              L820$209.99
              DMC-LZ30$172.61
              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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              9.7 MP
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              L8201080p @ 30fps
              DMC-LZ30720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              L82029.3x
              DMC-LZ3035x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $170

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $140

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $199 - $297

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $168

              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix L820 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $254

              Weight Slightly lighter
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ40

              Super zoom

              $231

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $156

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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