Updated (February 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L810 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 vs Nikon Coolpix L810

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
280 ms shutter lag
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
Long exposures
Longest exposure
60 seconds
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L810

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

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L810.
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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
111×76×83 mm vs 120×80×92 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Lighter
430 g vs 498 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$254.39 vs $556.00
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The best price we've seen is $302 cheaper (2.2x less)
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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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)
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Battery life
Significantly 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
Much 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
              1.0 cm
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L8103.3"
              DMC-FZ483.6"
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Weight Heavy Help
              L810430 g
              DMC-FZ48498 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              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
              L810111×76×83 mm
              DMC-FZ48120×80×92 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
              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
              DMC-FZ481/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              L81025.4x
              DMC-FZ4824x
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              L810720p @ 30fps
              DMC-FZ481080p @ 30fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $218 - $227

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $416

              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Super zoom

              $190

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas

              Nikon Coolpix L810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $152

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $210

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $170

              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 P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $385

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

              Super zoom

              $598

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $312 - $398

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $820

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Slightly larger
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures

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