Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L830 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

Nikon Coolpix L820

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L820

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20

Size
Really small
Compact 100x56x28 mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
290 ms shutter lag
Thickness
Thin
1.1"
Weight
Light-weight
178 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon L820

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
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
Wide angle Significantly 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
Zoom More zoom 29.3x vs 8x
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Around 13.5x 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
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.0 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the L820's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
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 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FH20

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Size Significantly smaller 100x56x28 mm vs 111x76x85 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 Significantly longer exposures 60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Lowest price Cheaper $88.99 vs $171.41
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The best price we've seen is $82 cheaper (around 50% 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 Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              L820:$171.41
              DMC-FH20:$88.99
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              No significant shared competitors found.

              Nikon Coolpix L820 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197 - $227

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

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

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $148 - $189

              Zoom More zoom
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $220

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $220

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1

              Compact

              $149

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $398 - $410 with 16-50mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Slightly larger
              Samsung NX300M

              Samsung NX300M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              $549 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $191

              Screen size Larger screen
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Size Larger
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

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              discussion

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