Updated (January 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L820 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Nikon Coolpix L810 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L810

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Really small
Size
Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm)
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
11 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
300 ms shutter lag

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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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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 124×81×95 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight
Lighter
430 g vs 539 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
3.3" vs 3.7"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$275.00 vs $349.95
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The best price we've seen is $75 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ100

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Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
220 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
11 fps vs 1.2 fps
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More than 9x faster continuous shooting
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
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-FZ100's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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
              1.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L8103.3"
              DMC-FZ1003.7"
              Weight Heavy Help
              L810430 g
              DMC-FZ100539 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              L810580 ms
              DMC-FZ100300 ms
              Size Large Help
              L810111×76×83 mm
              DMC-FZ100124×81×95 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              L8101/1500s
              DMC-FZ1001/2000s
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              L8101/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              DMC-FZ1001/2.3" 6.13x4.6mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              L81025.4x
              DMC-FZ10024x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $425

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

              Super zoom

              $470

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization

              Nikon Coolpix L810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $297

              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 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 L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $209 - $227

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

              $425

              Zoom More zoom
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $322 - $398

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Fujifilm FinePix HS10

              Super zoom

              $400

              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Larger
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $248

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $620 - $798

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Significantly larger
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $730 - $798

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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