Updated (February 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L810 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

54

Runner-up

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
Weight
Light-weight
367 g

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differences

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
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
Slightly smaller
110×77×78 mm vs 118×76×89 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$440.29 vs $1,017.92
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The best price we've seen is $578 cheaper (2.3x less)
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.5"
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More than 10% thinner
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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
Significantly 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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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L1203.1"
              DMC-FZ353.5"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              L1200.7 fps
              DMC-FZ352.3 fps
              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
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/2000 of a second
              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              L1201/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm
              DMC-FZ351/2.3" 6.13x4.6mm
              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

              $297

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $274 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

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

              Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $163

              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 L110

              Nikon Coolpix L110

              Super zoom

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              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
              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Super zoom

              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $170

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $608 - $798

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

              Pro digicam

              $548

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $322 - $398

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $248

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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