Updated (February 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L810 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v vs Nikon Coolpix L810

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

60

Nikon Coolpix L810

53

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
10 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
Great battery life
Battery life
410 shots
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L810

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (111×76×83 mm)
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Weight
Light-weight
430 g
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens

Items often bought with the Sony DSC-HX100v or Nikon L810

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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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Wide angle
Better wide angle
23 mm vs 27 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Size
Smaller
111×76×83 mm vs 122×87×93 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight
Lighter
430 g vs 577 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$254.39 vs $699.99
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The best price we've seen is $446 cheaper (2.8x less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.3" vs 3.7"
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More than 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX100v

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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
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 1.2 fps
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Around 8.5x faster continuous shooting
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX100v's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
410 shots vs 300 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
30x vs 25.4x
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Around 40% more zoom
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSC-HX100v's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1500s
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2.7x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
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recommendations

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
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              L8103.3"
              DSC-HX100v3.7"
              Weight Heavy Help
              L810430 g
              DSC-HX100v577 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              L8101,600 ISO
              DSC-HX100v3,200 ISO
              Size Large Help
              L810111×76×83 mm
              DSC-HX100v122×87×93 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
              1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              9.7 MP
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              L81025.4x
              DSC-HX100v30x
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              L810720p @ 30fps
              DSC-HX100v1080p @ 60fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $210

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Nikon Coolpix P510

              Super zoom

              $385

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $426

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597 - $1,350

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $199 - $297

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $536

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Nikon Coolpix L810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $218 - $227

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              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 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 L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $416

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $300 - $398

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $660

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $348 - $370

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $400

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Size Significantly smaller
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS

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              Nani (8:57 AM, December 31, 2012)
              I am resigning my Nikon L810 (and all Nikons). My D50 SLR was great until it started to overexpose all my photos. Nikon L810 is very slow, produces blurry photos (if you don't use flash), and "washed out"/takes away all the nice lighting if you do use the flash. Any movement and the photo turns blurry. AND don't ever buy it at Sears, because you can't return the camera.
               
              n.muralidharan (3:29 AM, November 10, 2012)
              is there anything else in the same specifications like NIKON L 810 but with a view finder??