Updated (January 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L120 vs Nikon Coolpix P520

Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Nikon Coolpix L120

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Nikon Coolpix P510

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Nikon Coolpix L120

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
120 fps
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (110×77×78 mm)
Thickness
Thin
3.1"
Weight
Light-weight
406 g

Items often bought with the P510 or L120

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L120.
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon L120

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Size
Smaller
110×77×78 mm vs 120×83×102 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 2.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Weight
Lighter
406 g vs 555 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 4"
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More than 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Nikon P510

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Zoom
More zoom
41.7x vs 21x
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Around 4x more zoom
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
120 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 0.7 fps
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10x faster continuous shooting
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3 vs f/3.1
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Almost the same
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
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 P510's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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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
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              L120920k dots
              P510921k dots
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              8 seconds
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L1203.1"
              P5104"
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              L1201,600 ISO
              P5103,200 ISO

              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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              L1201/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm
              P5101/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              9.7 MP
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              L120720p
              P5101080p @ 30fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $218 - $227

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $303 - $350

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $254

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $179

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $239

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $145 - $149

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen

              Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Super zoom

              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $210

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $151

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $199 - $297

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Nikon Coolpix P610

              Super zoom

              $374 - $427

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597 - $1,350

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Much larger
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $379

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $250

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS

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