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

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L810

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus SP-810 UZ

Size
Really small
Standard size 105x75x73 mm
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

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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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/1500s vs 1/850s
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More than 40% faster max shutter speed
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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
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              L810:1/1500s
              SP-810 UZ:1/850s
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              L810:1,600 ISO
              SP-810 UZ:3,200 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              L810:111x76x83 mm
              SP-810 UZ:105x75x73 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              L810:430 g
              SP-810 UZ:413 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              L810:3.3"
              SP-810 UZ:2.9"
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              L810:25.4x
              SP-810 UZ:36x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $194 - $297

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $500

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 - $280 body only

              $389 - $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $270

              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $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
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Nikon Coolpix L810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $149 - $279

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $249

              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Nikon Coolpix L310

              Super zoom

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $320 - $397

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $440

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

              Olympus SP-810 UZ Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SP-720UZ

              Olympus 720UZ

              Super zoom

              $145 - $190

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus SP-800 UZ

              Olympus SP-800 UZ

              Super zoom

              $456

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Super zoom

              $320

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus SZ-14

              Olympus SZ-14

              Digicam

              $129

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Zoom Less zoom
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle

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