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

Nikon Coolpix L120

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Nikon Coolpix L120

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Battery life
Great battery life
470 shots
 
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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 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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $259.55 vs $616.39
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The best price we've seen is $357 cheaper (2.4x less)
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
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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
Weight Slightly lighter 367 g vs 406 g
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Around 10% lighter
Longest exposure 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 Common Weaknesses
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L120:3.1"
              DMC-FZ35:3.5"
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              L120:0.7 fps
              DMC-FZ35:2.3 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              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 Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              L120:110x77x78 mm
              DMC-FZ35:118x76x89 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              L120:406 g
              DMC-FZ35:367 g
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              L120:21x
              DMC-FZ35:18x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 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
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              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Live view Doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $427 - $480 with 18-55mm lens

              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 L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $198

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $197

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $168 - $279

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $207

              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

              $300

              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-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $449 - $743

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $298 - $319

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $428

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $387

              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $230 - $249

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Zoom Less zoom

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              discussion

              Nikon Coolpix L120
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