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

Nikon Coolpix P510

Winner
Nikon Coolpix P510

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
280 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
 

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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$499.99 vs $556.00
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The best price we've seen is $56 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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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
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              P510:$499.99
              DMC-FZ48:$556.00
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              P510:120x83x102 mm
              DMC-FZ48:120x79x91 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              P510:3,200 ISO
              DMC-FZ48:1,600 ISO

              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $420

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $405

              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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $443 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $194 - $297

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $250

              Size Is slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $418

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $400 - $478

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $320 - $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

              $297 - $329

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $438

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $399

              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $250 - $310

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ62

              Super zoom

              $360 - $397

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $327

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Slightly heavier

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