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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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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
Lowest price Cheaper $244.00 vs $450.00
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The best price we've seen is $206 cheaper (around 50% less)
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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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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
              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

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $160 - $227

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $189

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              3D Captures 3D images
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $175 - $279

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $397

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $273 body only

              $427 - $489 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

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              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $212

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $100

              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Super zoom

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

              Nikon Coolpix P90 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $315 - $405

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Size Larger
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $848 - $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.