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
 

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 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

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $160 - $279

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Super zoom

        $207

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $337

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $376 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Nikon Coolpix L120 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Super zoom

        $115

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Thickness Slightly thicker
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix L110

        Nikon Coolpix L110

        Super zoom

        $320

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $227 - $255

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Heavier
        Nikon Coolpix L310

        Nikon Coolpix L310

        Super zoom

        $198

        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Fujifilm FinePix S4000

        Fujifilm FinePix S4000

        Super zoom

        $399

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Zoom More zoom
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Size Larger

        Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S9700

        Nikon Coolpix S9700

        Travel zoom

        $327

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Zoom More zoom
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix S9500

        Nikon Coolpix S9500

        Travel zoom

        $175

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Nikon Coolpix S9300

        Nikon Coolpix S9300

        Travel zoom

        $220

        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

        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Nikon Coolpix S8200

        Nikon Coolpix S8200

        Travel zoom

        $286

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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