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

Nikon Coolpix P500

Winner
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 resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
 

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
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
36x vs 21x
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Around 3x more zoom
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$350.00 vs $440.29
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The best price we've seen is $90 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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recommendations

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
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              920k dots
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              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

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

              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
              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

              $195 - $246

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $320 - $397

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $353

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Thickness Is thicker
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $262

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              3D Captures 3D images
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $250 - $270

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              HDR Has in-camera HDR

              Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $249

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $175

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Super zoom

              $193

              Lowest price Cheaper
              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

              $500

              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

              $339

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

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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...