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

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Nikon Coolpix L120

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
 
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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 110x77x78 mm vs 120x79x91 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
Lowest price Cheaper $256.95 vs $419.62
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The best price we've seen is $163 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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 Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.7 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 5.5x faster continuous shooting
Zoom Slightly more zoom 24x vs 21x
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More than 30% more zoom
Longest exposure 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 Common Weaknesses
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L120:3.1"
              DMC-FZ48:3.6"
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Weight Heavy Help
              L120:406 g
              DMC-FZ48:498 g
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              L120:0.7 fps
              DMC-FZ48:3.7 fps
              Size Large Help
              L120:110x77x78 mm
              DMC-FZ48:120x79x91 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              L120:21x
              DMC-FZ48:24x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $178

              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $324

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $315

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $190

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $214

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $134 - $250

              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $168

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $616

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              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-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $428

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Size Slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $704

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Size Slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $367 - $536

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker

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