Updated (March 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L120 vs Nikon D3200

Nikon Coolpix L120 vs Nikon D3100

Winner
Nikon Coolpix L120

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Nikon D3100

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Really small
Size
Prosumer size (110×77×78 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Light-weight
Weight
406 g
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection

Items often bought with the L120 or D3100

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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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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Size
Smaller
110×77×78 mm vs 124×97×74 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight
Lighter
406 g vs 505 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 4.5x faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Slightly thinner
2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 8s
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Around 4x longer exposures
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D3100's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$263.39 vs $415.79
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The best price we've seen is $152 cheaper (around 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths

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              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L1203.1"
              D31002.9"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              L1200.7 fps
              D31003 fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $968 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $254

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $140

              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 L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $170

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $616

              Zoom More zoom
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Slightly larger
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Size Larger

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