Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix P520 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Nikon Coolpix P510

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
280 ms shutter lag
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon P510

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Zoom More zoom 41.7x vs 24x
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More than 3x more zoom
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 120 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 3.7 fps
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Around 90% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The P510's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48

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Battery life Much longer battery life 400 shots vs 200 shots
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2x more shots per battery charge
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.0
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FZ48's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Size Smaller 120x79x91 mm vs 120x83x102 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 2 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Weight Lighter 498 g vs 555 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness Thinner 3.6" vs 4"
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Around 10% thinner
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 8s
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7.5x 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
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
        Digital
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        P510:4"
        DMC-FZ48:3.6"
        Weight Heavy Help
        P510:555 g
        DMC-FZ48:498 g
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Size Large Help
        P510:120x83x102 mm
        DMC-FZ48:120x79x91 mm
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        P510:380 ms
        DMC-FZ48:280 ms
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible

        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

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $165 - $227

        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
        Canon Powershot SX40

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Super zoom

        $405 - $433

        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $270 - $387 body only

        $401 - $430 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
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Super zoom

        $343 - $598

        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $328

        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Super zoom

        $259 - $837

        Zoom Has much more zoom
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $339

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Screen size Larger screen
        Size Slightly larger
        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Super zoom

        $339 - $397

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Super zoom

        $250 - $347

        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Battery life Longer battery life
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $657 body only

        $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        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-FZ35

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

        Super zoom

        $544

        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Supports RAW Shoots RAW
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60

        Super zoom

        $369 - $546

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
        True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

        Super zoom

        $395 - $800

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Size Slightly larger
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

        Super zoom

        $402

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
        True resolution Slightly lower true resolution

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