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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
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-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
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
 

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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$324.80 vs $499.99
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The best price we've seen is $175 cheaper (around 40% less)
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
              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

              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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $500

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $195 - $246

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $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 L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $262

              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 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
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $250

              Size Is slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $350 - $598

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297

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

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $339

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $350

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $399

              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Samsung WB100

              Samsung WB100

              Super zoom

              $194 - $210

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              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-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $383

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $350 - $400

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

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