Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L810 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Nikon Coolpix L120

Winner
Nikon Coolpix L120

51

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Battery life
Great battery life
470 shots
Weight
Light-weight
367 g
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
 

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Advantages of the Nikon L120

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" 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
110x77x78 mm vs 118x76x89 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
21x vs 18x
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Around 40% more zoom
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.5"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$440.29 vs $543.99
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The best price we've seen is $104 cheaper (around 20% 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
Lens vs 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 slightly faster
2.3 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure
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
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              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              L120:$440.29
              DMC-FZ35:$543.99
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L120:3.1"
              DMC-FZ35:3.5"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              L120:0.7 fps
              DMC-FZ35:2.3 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              L120:720p
              DMC-FZ35:720p @ 30fps
              Size Large Help
              L120:110x77x78 mm
              DMC-FZ35:118x76x89 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              L120:110x77x78 mm
              DMC-FZ35:118x76x89 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              L120:406 g
              DMC-FZ35:367 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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              L120:21x
              DMC-FZ35:18x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $150 - $197

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage

              Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Size Slightly larger
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $207

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $262

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Super zoom

              $193

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $250

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $350 - $598

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

              Super zoom

              $400

              Lowest price Cheaper
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $399

              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Size Slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $248 - $330

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $508

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Zoom More zoom
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Size Larger

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