Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L810 vs Nikon Coolpix S9300

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L120

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 105x62x35 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon L120

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Aperture Wider aperture f/3.1 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the L120's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 4 cm
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Focus on subjects 4x closer to the lens
Zoom Slightly more zoom 21x vs 18x
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Around 40% more zoom
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 8s vs 1s
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8x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon S9100

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size Smaller 105x62x35 mm vs 110x77x78 mm
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2.9x smaller
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 9.5 fps vs 0.7 fps
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More than 13.5x faster continuous shooting
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.4" vs 3.1"
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2.2x thinner
Weight Lighter 214 g vs 406 g
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Around 50% lighter
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S9100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              L120:920k dots
              S9100:921k dots
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L620

              Nikon Coolpix L620

              Travel zoom

              $80 - $159

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen

              Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $195

              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 - $227

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $171 - $279

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

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $220

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Super zoom

              $193

              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Travel zoom

              $265

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $275

              3D Takes 3D photos
              GPS Has a GPS
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Travel zoom

              $250

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $297

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $206

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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              discussion

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