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Nikon Coolpix P500

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Nikon Coolpix P500

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Nikon Coolpix L120

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Nikon Coolpix L120

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 110x77x78 mm
Weight
Light-weight
406 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon L120

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Aperture Wider aperture f/3.1 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the L120's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Size Smaller 110x77x78 mm vs 116x84x103 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 4.1"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 406 g vs 481 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $249.89 vs $319.99
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 8s vs 2s
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4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon P500

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Zoom More zoom 36x vs 21x
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Around 3x more zoom
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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 10 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 14.5x faster continuous shooting
Wide angle Better wide angle 23 mm vs 25 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The P500's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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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 Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              920k dots
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L120:3.1"
              P500:4.1"
              Weight Heavy Help
              L120:406 g
              P500:481 g
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              L120:6,400 ISO
              P500:None
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              L120:110x77x78 mm
              P500:116x84x103 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              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
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              L120:21x
              P500:36x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197 - $227

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $165

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              3D Captures 3D images
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $170 - $279

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $699 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $344 - $390

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Thickness Is thicker
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen

              Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Super zoom

              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix L110

              Nikon Coolpix L110

              Super zoom

              $290

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $189

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Fujifilm FinePix S3300

              Fujifilm FinePix S3300

              Super zoom

              $123

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Size Larger

              Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $427

              Zoom Much more zoom
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $323

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $430

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $382 - $400

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $395 - $479

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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