Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L810 vs Nikon D3200

Nikon D3100

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Nikon D3100

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Nikon Coolpix L120

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Nikon Coolpix L120

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 110x77x78 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weight
Light-weight
406 g
 
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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 Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Size Smaller 110x77x78 mm vs 124x96x73 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
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 12.5x larger sensor
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
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
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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D3100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Slightly thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D3100's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 8s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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        similarities

        Compared to recent digital cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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        Thickness Quite thick Help
        L120:3.1"
        D3100:2.9"
        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
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        L120:0.7 fps
        D3100:3 fps
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        L120:1,600 ISO
        D3100:3,200 ISO
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $480 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus
        Nikon D60

        Nikon D60

        Entry-level DSLR

        Live view Doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $160 - $279

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Heavier
        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Super zoom

        $207

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Size Slightly larger
        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Super zoom

        $115

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Thickness Slightly thicker
        Weight Slightly heavier
        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 L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $227 - $255

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Zoom More zoom
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Heavier

        Nikon D3100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $656 body only

        $399 - $477 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

        $276 - $290 body only

        $350 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $370 - $400 body only

        $485 - $590 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 EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 - $681 body only

        $499 - $823 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

        $597 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Lowest price More expensive

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