Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L820 vs Olympus SP-810 UZ

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L810

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SP-810 UZ

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon L810

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 23 mm vs 24 mm
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Olympus SP-810 UZ

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Zoom More zoom 36x vs 25.4x
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More than 2x more zoom
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.9 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the SP-810 UZ's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Size Slightly smaller 105x75x73 mm vs 111x76x83 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SP-810 UZ's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Slightly thinner 2.9" vs 3.3"
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More than 10% thinner
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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
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L810:3.3"
              SP-810 UZ:2.9"
              Weight Heavy Help
              L810:430 g
              SP-810 UZ:413 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              L810:1.2 fps
              SP-810 UZ:0.7 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              L810:111x76x83 mm
              SP-810 UZ:105x75x73 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              L810:430 g
              SP-810 UZ:413 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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              L810:25.4x
              SP-810 UZ:36x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $165 - $227

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $171 - $270

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Fujifilm FinePix S4000

              Fujifilm FinePix S4000

              Super zoom

              $149

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix L810 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $220

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $210

              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Weight Slightly lighter
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $250 - $268

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $399

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Olympus SP-810 UZ Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Super zoom

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405 - $433

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Olympus SP-800 UZ

              Olympus SP-800 UZ

              Super zoom

              $506

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus SP-720UZ

              Olympus 720UZ

              Super zoom

              $129 - $190

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              appearance

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              Nikon Coolpix L810 Olympus SP-810 UZ
              Nikon Coolpix L810 Olympus SP-810 UZ

              discussion

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