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
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon P510

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Zoom Significantly 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
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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 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 Significantly 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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 280 ms vs 380 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
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 Significantly 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

        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
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

        Super zoom

        $365 - $598

        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $390 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
        Canon Powershot SX40

        Canon Powershot SX40

        Super zoom

        $320 - $390

        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Nikon Coolpix P500

        Super zoom

        $346

        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Fujifilm FinePix S8300

        Fujifilm FinePix S8300

        Super zoom

        High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $290 body only

        $300 - $390 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        Autofocus Lacks autofocus

        Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Nikon Coolpix P520

        Super zoom

        $327 - $347

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

        Nikon Coolpix P600

        Super zoom

        $427 - $447

        Zoom Much more zoom
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Super zoom

        $347 - $397

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $160 - $279

        Size Smaller
        High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
        Zoom Less zoom
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $246 - $255

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Battery life Significantly longer battery life
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Zoom Less zoom

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

        Super zoom

        $379

        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

        $430

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

        Super zoom

        $298

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Size Significantly larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

        Super zoom

        $315

        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-FZ35

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

        Super zoom

        $490

        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Supports RAW Shoots RAW
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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