Updated (February 2011): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L120 vs Nikon Coolpix P90

Nikon Coolpix L120 vs Nikon Coolpix P90

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P90

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Light sensitivity
High ISO
6,400 ISO
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital

Items often bought with the L120 or P90

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon L120

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Size
Smaller
110×77×78 mm vs 83×114×99 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
720p vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video
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)
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The P90's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L1203.1"
              P903.9"
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              L1206,400 ISO
              P90None
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              L120720p
              P90480p @ 30fps

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Weight Light weight Help
              L120406 g
              P90400 g
              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
              P901/2.3" 6.13x4.6mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              L12021x
              P9024x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $254

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $170

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $218 - $227

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $152

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $210

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $549

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller 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 L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $249

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed

              Nikon Coolpix P90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $199 - $297

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Aperture Narrower aperture
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              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              $483

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P80

              Nikon Coolpix P80

              Super zoom

              $325

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              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.