Updated (January 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L820 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

Nikon Coolpix L820 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20

Winner
Nikon Coolpix L820

37

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20

29

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-FH20

Size
Really small
Compact (100×56×28 mm)
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
290 ms shutter lag
Thickness
Thin
1.1"
Weight
Light-weight
178 g

Items often bought with the Nikon L820 or Panasonic DMC-FH20

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Explore our gallery of 30 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L820.
Explore our gallery of 15 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20.

differences

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
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Wide angle
Better wide angle
23 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 20% better wide angle
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the L820's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Zoom
More zoom
29.3x vs 8x
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Around 13.5x more zoom
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
8 fps vs 4.6 fps
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More than 70% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The L820's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FH20

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Size
Significantly smaller
100×56×28 mm vs 111×76×85 mm
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4.6x smaller
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.1" vs 3.3"
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3x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
178 g vs 470 g
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2.6x lighter
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Slightly faster max shutter speed
1/1600s vs 1/1500s
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Around 10% faster max shutter speed
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recommendations

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
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              L8201/1500s
              DMC-FH201/1600s
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              L8203,200 ISO
              DMC-FH201,600 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant shared competitors found.

              Nikon Coolpix L820 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $218 - $227

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Zoom More zoom
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $179

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $235

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Slightly smaller
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $130 - $168

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $151

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10

              Travel zoom

              $178

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $257

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

              Travel zoom

              $313

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $110 - $200

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH22

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH22

              Travel zoom

              $90

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag

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