Updated (February 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L810 vs Olympus SP-810 UZ

Olympus SP-810 UZ vs Nikon Coolpix L810

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Reasons to buy the Olympus SP-810 UZ

Really small
Size
Standard size (106×76×74 mm)
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L810

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

Items often bought with the Olympus SP-810 UZ or Nikon L810

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon L810

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. 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
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
1.2 fps vs 0.7 fps
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More than 70% faster continuous shooting
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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
106×76×74 mm vs 111×76×83 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 2 f-stops 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
              L8101/1500s
              SP-810 UZ1/850s
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              L8101.2 fps
              SP-810 UZ0.7 fps
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L8103.3"
              SP-810 UZ2.9"
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              L8101,600 ISO
              SP-810 UZ3,200 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              L810111×76×83 mm
              SP-810 UZ106×76×74 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              L810430 g
              SP-810 UZ413 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              L8103.3"
              SP-810 UZ2.9"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              L810$254.39
              SP-810 UZ$245.51
              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
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              L8101/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              SP-810 UZ1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $151

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $210

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $416

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $385

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Super zoom

              $190

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $145 - $149

              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Fujifilm FinePix S8600

              Super zoom

              $85 - $180

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing

              Nikon Coolpix L810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $218 - $227

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $179

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L110

              Nikon Coolpix L110

              Super zoom

              $399

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Slightly smaller
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

              Olympus SP-810 UZ Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Super zoom

              $240

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus SP-800 UZ

              Olympus SP-800 UZ

              Super zoom

              $269

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony A7R

              Sony A7R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,679 - $1,898 body only

              $2,279 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $235

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus Stylus SP-100

              Olympus Stylus SP-100

              Super zoom

              $437

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger

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