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

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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
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
280 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
 
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differences

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
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
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.7 fps vs 1.2 fps
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More than 3x faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures 60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
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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
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
        1 cm
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        L810:3.3"
        DMC-FZ48:3.6"
        Weight Heavy Help
        L810:430 g
        DMC-FZ48:498 g
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        1,600 ISO
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        L810:1.2 fps
        DMC-FZ48:3.7 fps
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        L810:580 ms
        DMC-FZ48:280 ms
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported
        Size Large Help
        L810:111x76x83 mm
        DMC-FZ48:120x79x91 mm

        Compared to recent super zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

        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
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        L810:25.4x
        DMC-FZ48:24x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $202 - $279

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $229

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

        Nikon Coolpix L810 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $227

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Size Slightly larger
        Nikon Coolpix L120

        Nikon Coolpix L120

        Super zoom

        Thickness Slightly thinner
        Weight Slightly lighter
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Nikon Coolpix L320

        Super zoom

        $172

        Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ20

        Super zoom

        $131

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Lowest price Slightly cheaper
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Nikon Coolpix P510

        Super zoom

        $249

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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Super zoom

        $380 - $598

        3D Takes 3D photos
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Super zoom

        $298 - $330

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Size Significantly larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

        Super zoom

        $387

        Supports RAW Shoots RAW
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

        Super zoom

        $704

        3D Takes 3D photos
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Slightly heavier

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