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
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
280 ms shutter lag
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 

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
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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

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

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $167 - $227

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        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
        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 D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $517 body only

        $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        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
        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

        $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

        $146

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Size Slightly larger
        Nikon Coolpix L310

        Nikon Coolpix L310

        Super zoom

        $193

        Lowest price Cheaper
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Fujifilm FinePix S2950

        Fujifilm FinePix S2950

        Super zoom

        $279

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $171 - $270

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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Super zoom

        $232 - $330

        Zoom Much more zoom
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Size Significantly larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Super zoom

        $384

        3D Takes 3D photos
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Super zoom

        $298 - $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
        Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

        Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

        Super zoom

        $416

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Size Significantly larger
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

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        discussion

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