Updated (February 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L810 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 vs Nikon Coolpix L120

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L120.
Explore our gallery of 19 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon L120

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Size
Smaller
110×77×78 mm vs 120×80×92 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight
Lighter
406 g vs 498 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.6"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FZ48'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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.7 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 5.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 8s
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7.5x longer exposures
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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
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L1203.1"
              DMC-FZ483.6"
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              L1200.7 fps
              DMC-FZ483.7 fps

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              L120110×77×78 mm
              DMC-FZ48120×80×92 mm
              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
              L1201/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm
              DMC-FZ481/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              L12021x
              DMC-FZ4824x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $297

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $1,011

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $189

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $425

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $163

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $170

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              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 L110

              Nikon Coolpix L110

              Super zoom

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $249

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $248

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $322 - $398

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $345

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Slightly larger
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $608 - $798

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Significantly larger
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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