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Nikon Coolpix P510 vs Nikon Coolpix L120

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Nikon Coolpix P510

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Nikon Coolpix L120

48

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
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
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots

differences

Advantages of the Nikon L120

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Size
Smaller
110x77x78 mm vs 120x83x102 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 2 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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$440.29 vs $499.99
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The best price we've seen is $60 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 0.7 fps
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10x faster continuous shooting
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
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.0 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the P510's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
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 1 f-stop 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
              L120:920k dots
              P510:921k dots
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              L120:$440.29
              P510:$499.99
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L120:3.1"
              P510:4"
              Weight Heavy Help
              L120:406 g
              P510:555 g
              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
              L120:1,600 ISO
              P510:3,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              L120:110x77x78 mm
              P510:120x83x102 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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $300 - $349

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $219 - $327

              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $185 - $237

              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
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $310

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $235 body only

              $375 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 L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $149

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L110

              Nikon Coolpix L110

              Super zoom

              $315

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $158

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Fujifilm FinePix S3300

              Fujifilm FinePix S3300

              Super zoom

              $214

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

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $279 - $368

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $557 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $348 - $403

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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