Updated (February 2011): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L120 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Nikon Coolpix L120 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Winner
Nikon Coolpix L120

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Battery life
Great battery life
470 shots
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon L120

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 27 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Size
Smaller
110×77×78 mm vs 118×76×89 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.5"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$415.79 vs $587.09
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The best price we've seen is $171 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ35

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HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FZ35'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
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
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
2.3 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 8s
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7.5x longer exposures
Weight
Slightly lighter
367 g vs 406 g
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Around 10% lighter
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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
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L1203.1"
              DMC-FZ353.5"
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              L1200.7 fps
              DMC-FZ352.3 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              L120720p
              DMC-FZ35720p @ 30fps

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              L120110×77×78 mm
              DMC-FZ35118×76×89 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              L120406 g
              DMC-FZ35367 g
              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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              L1201/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm
              DMC-FZ351/2.3" 6.13x4.6mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              L12021x
              DMC-FZ3518x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $254

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              3D Captures 3D images
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Super zoom

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing

              Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $152

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $170

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $536

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Zoom More zoom
              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 Significantly lower resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

              Super zoom

              $598 - $1,557

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $362 - $398

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Pro digicam

              $898 - $948

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $450

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Size Slightly larger

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