Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L810 vs Nikon Coolpix P90

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P90

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon L120

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies 720p vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video
Size Smaller 110x77x78 mm vs 83x114x99 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 25 mm vs 26 mm
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Almost the same
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 3.9"
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More than 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Nikon P90

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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
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the P90's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The P90's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Zoom Slightly more zoom 24x vs 21x
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More than 30% more zoom
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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 Common Weaknesses
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
        1 cm
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        L120:3.1"
        P90:3.9"
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        L120:6,400 ISO
        P90:None
        Weight Heavy Help
        L120:406 g
        P90:400 g
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Movie format Poor movies Help
        L120:720p
        P90:480p @ 30fps
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported
        Size Large Help
        L120:110x77x78 mm
        P90:83x114x99 mm

        Compared to recent super zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Weight Light weight Help
        L120:406 g
        P90:400 g
        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
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        L120:21x
        P90:24x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Super zoom

        $170

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $227

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $160 - $279

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Super zoom

        $159

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix L310

        Nikon Coolpix L310

        Super zoom

        Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
        Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
        Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix P100

        Nikon Coolpix P100

        Super zoom

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $335

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger

        Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Fujifilm FinePix S4000

        Fujifilm FinePix S4000

        Super zoom

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Zoom More zoom
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Size 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 P90 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $329 - $567 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Super zoom

        $298 - $330

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Size Significantly larger
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $689 - $929 body only

        $850 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Battery life Much longer battery life
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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        discussion

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        Lookin2myhrt (6:14 PM, March 01, 2012)
        L120 is the best in small cams.. It is a mini SLR and has a very good Clarity in the day. Night photography is also better than others, But if Aperture is slow due to which some times, the image may go blurred.