Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L810 vs Nikon Coolpix P510

Nikon Coolpix P500

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Nikon Coolpix P500

55

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Nikon Coolpix L120

50

Nikon Coolpix L120

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P500

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 110x77x78 mm
Thickness
Thin
3.1"
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
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
Wide angle Better wide angle 23 mm vs 25 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 10 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 14.5x faster continuous shooting
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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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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Nikon Coolpix L120 Nikon Coolpix L120 50

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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 L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $160 - $279

        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $227 - $255

        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        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
        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Super zoom

        $425

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Super zoom

        $115

        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        3D Captures 3D images
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $230

        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 D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

        Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Super zoom

        $207

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Size Slightly larger
        Nikon Coolpix L110

        Nikon Coolpix L110

        Super zoom

        $320

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix L310

        Nikon Coolpix L310

        Super zoom

        $198

        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability

        Nikon Coolpix P500 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Super zoom

        $249

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Super zoom

        $427 - $447

        Zoom Much more zoom
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $323 - $347

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

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

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

        appearance

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        discussion

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        Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:45 PM, July 09, 2012)
        So it is, thanks for pointing that out, we hate to have mistakes on our comparison, so we will fix that up soon.
         
        NikUser (7:35 PM, July 07, 2012)
        who said L120 has lens based image stabilization??? its not true. L120 has Sensor shift image stabilization. check yourself.
         
        Arunabh (9:52 AM, April 25, 2012)
        good comparision..thanks...