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
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
280 ms shutter lag
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots

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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
Slightly cheaper
$440.29 vs $469.99
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The best price we've seen is $30 cheaper (around 10% 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
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
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              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              L120:$440.29
              DMC-FZ48:$469.99
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L120:3.1"
              DMC-FZ48:3.6"
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              Weight Heavy Help
              L120:406 g
              DMC-FZ48:498 g
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              L120:0.7 fps
              DMC-FZ48:3.7 fps

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              L120:110x77x78 mm
              DMC-FZ48:120x79x91 mm
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $483

              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $544

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

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $185 - $237

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony NEX C3

              Sony NEX C3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $212 body only

              $571 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $342 - $429

              Zoom Has significantly 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

              $310

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $149

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $154

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

              Nikon Coolpix L110

              Super zoom

              $270

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Cheaper
              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-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $820

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $350 - $598

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $298

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS20 EXR

              Super zoom

              $430

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

              Super zoom

              $407

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

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              Nikon Coolpix L120 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

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