Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L810 vs Olympus SP-620 UZ

Nikon Coolpix L120

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Nikon Coolpix L120

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Olympus SP-610 UZ

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Olympus SP-610 UZ

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SP-610 UZ

Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
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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
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.1 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the L120's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
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Advantages of the Olympus SP-610 UZ

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Size Slightly smaller 107x72x73 mm vs 110x77x78 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SP-610 UZ's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Slightly thinner 2.9" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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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
        Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
        Can only preview photos on the screen
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        L120:3.1"
        SP-610 UZ:2.9"
        Weight Heavy Help
        L120:406 g
        SP-610 UZ:405 g
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        L120:0.7 fps
        SP-610 UZ:1.1 fps
        Movie format HD (720p) video Help
        L120:720p
        SP-610 UZ:720p @ 30fps
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported

        Compared to recent super zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        L120:110x77x78 mm
        SP-610 UZ:107x72x73 mm
        Weight Light weight Help
        L120:406 g
        SP-610 UZ:405 g
        Thickness Thin Help
        L120:3.1"
        SP-610 UZ:2.9"
        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
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
        Sensor shift
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        L120:21x
        SP-610 UZ:22x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Super zoom

        $165

        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Nikon Coolpix L310

        Nikon Coolpix L310

        Super zoom

        Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Super zoom

        $189

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Fujifilm FinePix S2950

        Fujifilm FinePix S2950

        Super zoom

        $150 - $165

        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $699 body only

        $200 - $729 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
        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
        Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

        Travel zoom

        $138 - $250

        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Thickness Is thinner
        Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

        Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $197 - $227

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Heavier
        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $194 - $279

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Heavier
        Nikon Coolpix L110

        Nikon Coolpix L110

        Super zoom

        $299

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture

        Olympus SP-610 UZ Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

        Super zoom

        $131

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Size Larger
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Olympus Stylus 1000

        Olympus Stylus 1000

        Compact

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Smaller
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
        Fujifilm FinePix S2500HD

        Fujifilm FinePix S2500HD

        Super zoom

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Zoom Slightly less zoom
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Fujifilm FinePix S4700

        Fujifilm FinePix S4700

        Super zoom

        $139

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Significantly larger
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
        Olympus SP-620 UZ

        Olympus 620 UZ

        Travel zoom

        $159

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

        appearance

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        Nikon Coolpix L120 Olympus SP-610 UZ
        Nikon Coolpix L120 Olympus SP-610 UZ

        discussion

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