Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L820 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Nikon Coolpix L810 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Winner
Nikon Coolpix L810

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L810

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

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
280 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital

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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
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Wide angle
Better wide angle
23 mm vs 25 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Size
Smaller
111x76x83 mm vs 120x79x91 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Lowest price
Cheaper
$309.99 vs $469.99
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The best price we've seen is $160 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Weight
Lighter
430 g vs 498 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.3" vs 3.6"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FZ48's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Battery life
Longer battery life
400 shots vs 300 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.7 fps vs 1.2 fps
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More than 3x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1500s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
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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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L8103.3"
              DMC-FZ483.6"
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Weight Heavy Help
              L810430 g
              DMC-FZ48498 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              L8101.2 fps
              DMC-FZ483.7 fps
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              L810580 ms
              DMC-FZ48280 ms
              Size Large Help
              L810111x76x83 mm
              DMC-FZ48120x79x91 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              L81025.4x
              DMC-FZ4824x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $185 - $237

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $149

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

              Super zoom

              $225

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $160

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix L810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Super zoom

              $166

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              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
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $379

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $133

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $100

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $225

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Size Slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $612

              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $342 - $606

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $314

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Slightly larger
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $298

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker

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              Nikon Coolpix L810 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

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