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

Nikon Coolpix L810 vs Olympus SP-810 UZ

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L810

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
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 Olympus SP-810 UZ

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

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L810.
Explore our gallery of 7 sample photos taken by the Olympus SP-810 UZ.

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
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
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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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$176.72 vs $262.73
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The best price we've seen is $86 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L8103.3"
              SP-810 UZ2.9"
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              L8101.2 fps
              SP-810 UZ0.7 fps
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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"
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              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
              L81025.4x
              SP-810 UZ36x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $189 - $247

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $249

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $536

              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              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 significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Nikon Coolpix L810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $160

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $159

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $161

              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Fujifilm FinePix S2950

              Super zoom

              $170

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $175

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              Olympus SP-810 UZ Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Olympus Stylus SP-820UZ iHS

              Super zoom

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Placeholder

              Olympus FE-110

              Compact

              $104

              Size Smaller
              Weight Significantly lighter
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Olympus Stylus SP-100

              Olympus Stylus SP-100

              Super zoom

              $399

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Olympus SP-720UZ

              Olympus 720UZ

              Super zoom

              $145

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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