Updated (February 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P310 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30

Nikon Coolpix P310 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

Nikon Coolpix P310
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P310

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
Really small
Size
Compact (103×58×32 mm)
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second

Items often bought with the Nikon P310 or Panasonic DMC-TZ20

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon P310

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the P310's lens captures much more light (1.7 f-stops)
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The P310's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Size
Slightly smaller
103×58×32 mm vs 105×58×33 mm
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Almost the same
Macro focus
Better macro capability
2.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects more than 30% closer to the lens
Weight
Lighter
194 g vs 219 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.3"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-TZ20

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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
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Zoom
More zoom
16x vs 4.2x
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More than 14.5x more zoom
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Help
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 4s
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15x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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recommendations

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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths
Wide angle Good wide angle Help
24 mm
Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
1080p @ 30fps
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Thickness Quite thick Help
1.3"
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
P3103,200 ISO
DMC-TZ201,600 ISO
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Travel zoom

$369

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Thickness Is thinner
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Focus points Has much fewer focus points
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Travel zoom

$257

Zoom Has way more more zoom
Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Size Is slightly larger
Nikon Coolpix S7000

Nikon Coolpix S7000

Travel zoom

$119 - $197

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Size Is slightly smaller
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$328

Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$349

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Focus points Has much fewer focus points

Nikon Coolpix P310 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340

Pro digicam

$350

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon Coolpix S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Travel zoom

$249 - $297

Zoom Much more zoom
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Size Much larger
Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330

Pro digicam

$328

GPS Has a GPS
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Battery life Shorter battery life
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$260

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Touch screen Has a touch screen
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Samsung WB200F

Samsung WB200F

Travel zoom

$154

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Movie format Lower resolution movies

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70)

Travel zoom

$484

Zoom Much more zoom
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Touch screen No touch screen
Size Larger
Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Travel zoom

$220

3D Takes 3D photos
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
Panasonic Lumix ZS35

Panasonic Lumix ZS35

Travel zoom

$110 - $200

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon PowerShot G3 X

Canon PowerShot G3 X

Super zoom

$999

Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Much larger
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Travel zoom

$344

High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Movie format Lower resolution movies

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