Updated (February 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L810 vs Nikon D3100

Nikon Coolpix L810 vs Nikon D3100

Winner
Nikon Coolpix L810

50

Nikon D3100

39

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L810

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L810.
Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.

competitors

Nikon Coolpix L810 Competitors

Nikon Coolpix L340

Nikon Coolpix L340

Super zoom

$199

Wide angle Much better wide angle
Battery life Significantly longer battery life
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Nikon Coolpix L820

Nikon Coolpix L820

Super zoom

$260

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Weight Slightly heavier
Nikon Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500

Super zoom

$199 - $257

Zoom More zoom
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Size Slightly larger

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$325 body only

$379 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Higher true resolution
Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$419 body only

$400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$408 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

discussion

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salahedd (9:45 PM, March 08, 2015)
it's bizzare that the d3100 is cheaper when they are new but when i searched of used cams for sale i found that l810 is cheaper ???? 0-o justification plzzz
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:59 PM, July 23, 2012)
You are totally right, and yet some people want to see these types of comparisons, so we provide them. We also state above "
This recommendation, however, should be taken with a grain of salt since it doesn't always make sense to compare a super zoom with a entry-level DSLR." 
 
Aveek Bhowmik (9:49 PM, July 22, 2012)
I find there is no justification in comparing a DSLR and a bridge camera(its a super zoom though, no viewfinder). The sensor size is the key factor; and L810 does not even come closer. The zoom range is fixed in L810; whereas in DSLR one can get innumerable options with different range. This sort of comparison puzzles a potential buyer.