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

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
280 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 110x77x78 mm
 
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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
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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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recommendations

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
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Size Large Help
L120:110x77x78 mm
DMC-FZ48:120x79x91 mm

Compared to recent super zooms

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830

Super zoom

$165 - $227

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
Weight Is slightly heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Super zoom

$259 - $345

Zoom Has way more more zoom
Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Super zoom

$544

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500

Super zoom

$328

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
Thickness Is thicker
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$270 - $387 body only

$401 - $569 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
Weight Is slightly heavier
Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam

$499 - $507

Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
Size Is slightly smaller
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix L810

Nikon Coolpix L810

Super zoom

$195

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

Nikon Coolpix L320

Super zoom

$196

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Wide angle Better wide angle
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Size Slightly larger
Nikon Coolpix L820

Nikon Coolpix L820

Super zoom

$171 - $279

3D Takes 3D photos
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Size Slightly larger
Weight Heavier
Fujifilm FinePix S4000

Fujifilm FinePix S4000

Super zoom

$149

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Zoom More zoom
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Size Larger
Fujifilm FinePix S2950

Fujifilm FinePix S2950

Super zoom

$299

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Super zoom

$349 - $600

3D Takes 3D photos
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Size Larger
Thickness Thicker
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

Super zoom

$387

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

Super zoom

$369

3D Takes 3D photos
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

Super zoom

$402

3D Takes 3D photos
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
True resolution Slightly lower true resolution

appearance

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discussion

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