Updated (January 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L820 vs Nikon D3200

Nikon D3100 vs Nikon Coolpix L810

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Autofocuses shooting video
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Contrast detection
Self cleaning sensor
Sensor cleaning
Avoids dust in your photos
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L810

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L810.
Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon L810

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Smaller
111×76×83 mm vs 124×97×74 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Lighter
430 g vs 505 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
279 ms vs 580 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Battery life
Longer battery life
550 shots vs 300 shots
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More than 80% more shots per battery charge
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3 fps vs 1.2 fps
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2.5x faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1500s
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2.7x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.3"
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More than 10% thinner
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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recommendations

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L8103.3"
              D31002.9"
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              L8101.2 fps
              D31003 fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos

              Nikon Coolpix L810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $250

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $189

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $209 - $227

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $249

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Slightly larger
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay

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              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.