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

Nikon Coolpix L120 vs Olympus SP-610 UZ

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Nikon Coolpix L120

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Olympus SP-610 UZ

55

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

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

Reasons to buy the Olympus SP-610 UZ

Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L120.
Explore our gallery of 4 sample photos taken by the Olympus SP-610 UZ.

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)
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
8s vs 4s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Olympus SP-610 UZ

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Size
Slightly smaller
107×73×73 mm vs 110×77×78 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 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$269.82 vs $440.29
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The best price we've seen is $170 cheaper (around 40% less)
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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L1203.1"
              SP-610 UZ2.9"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              L1200.7 fps
              SP-610 UZ1.1 fps
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              L1201,600 ISO
              SP-610 UZ3,200 ISO
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              L120720p
              SP-610 UZ720p @ 30fps

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              L120110×77×78 mm
              SP-610 UZ107×73×73 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              L120406 g
              SP-610 UZ405 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              L1203.1"
              SP-610 UZ2.9"
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/2000 of a second
              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              L12021x
              SP-610 UZ22x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $297

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $170

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Fujifilm FinePix S1600

              Fujifilm FinePix S1600

              Super zoom

              $230

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Size Is slightly larger
              Fujifilm FinePix S3300

              Fujifilm FinePix S3300

              Super zoom

              $140

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $157

              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 L310

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Super zoom

              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $297

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L110

              Nikon Coolpix L110

              Super zoom

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $536

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

              Olympus SP-610 UZ Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SZ-14

              Olympus SZ-14

              Digicam

              $200

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Olympus E-620

              Olympus E-620

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $739 with 14-42mm lens

              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Olympus SP-600 UZ

              Olympus SP-600 UZ

              Super zoom

              $366

              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Olympus SP-590 UZ

              Olympus SP-590 UZ

              Super zoom

              $336

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Super zoom

              $235

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Size Larger

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