Canon ELPH 180 vs Nikon L32

Portability
96
Imaging
48
Features
24
Overall
38
Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 front
 
Nikon Coolpix L32 front
Portability
93
Imaging
47
Features
33
Overall
41

Canon ELPH 180 vs Nikon L32 Key Specs

Canon ELPH 180
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.2-6.9) lens
  • 126g - 95 x 54 x 22mm
  • Revealed January 2016
Nikon L32
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.2-6.5) lens
  • 164g - 95 x 60 x 29mm
  • Launched January 2015
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Canon ELPH 180 vs Nikon L32 Overview

Its time to take a closer look at the Canon ELPH 180 and Nikon L32, both Ultracompact digital cameras by competitors Canon and Nikon. The resolution of the ELPH 180 (20MP) and the L32 (20MP) is fairly similar and they use the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The ELPH 180 was released 12 months later than the L32 so they are both of a similar generation. Both cameras come with the identical body type (Ultracompact).

Before we go in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a simple view of how the ELPH 180 matches up vs the L32 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon ELPH 180 over the Nikon L32

 ELPH 180 L32 
LaunchedJanuary 2016January 2015Fresher by 12 months

Reasons to pick Nikon L32 over the Canon ELPH 180

 L32 ELPH 180 
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Canon ELPH 180 and Nikon L32

 ELPH 180 L32 
Focus manually Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kEqual display resolution
Touch friendly display Neither has Touch friendly display

Canon ELPH 180 vs Nikon L32 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to carry your camera frequently, you will want to consider its weight and volume. The Canon ELPH 180 has outer measurements of 95mm x 54mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") and a weight of 126 grams (0.28 lbs) while the Nikon L32 has sizing of 95mm x 60mm x 29mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.1") along with a weight of 164 grams (0.36 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you have attached during that time. Here is the front view over all size comparison of the ELPH 180 against the L32.

Canon ELPH 180 vs Nikon L32 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the ELPH 180 and L32 is 96 and 93 respectively.

Canon ELPH 180 vs Nikon L32 top view buttons comparison

Canon ELPH 180 vs Nikon L32 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be tough to envision the contrast between sensor sizing simply by going over a spec sheet. The visual below should offer you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the ELPH 180 and L32.

Clearly, each of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the same megapixels so you should expect similar quality of photos though you may want to factor the release date of the products into consideration. The fresher ELPH 180 will have a benefit when it comes to sensor tech.

Canon ELPH 180 vs Nikon L32 sensor size comparison

Canon ELPH 180 vs Nikon L32 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon ELPH 180 vs Nikon L32 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 Portrait photography advice
Nikon L32 Portrait photography advice
40
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
includes face detection focus
no manual focus
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
39
decent MP (20MP)
provides face detection focus
lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 as a Street photography camera
Nikon L32 as a Street photography camera
60
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
56
built in image stabilization (Digital)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
heavier than competitors (164 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 Sports photography highlights
Nikon L32 Sports photography highlights
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
very slow continuous shooting (0.8 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
48
built in image stabilization (Digital)
decent MP (20MP)
good battery pack (320 CIPA)
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 Travel photography details
Nikon L32 Travel photography details
68
megapixel count decent (20MP)
built-in flash
rather wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
does not have selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
71
good battery pack (320 per charge)
decent MP (20MP)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
pretty wide (26mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
heavier than competitors (164 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 Landscape photography features
Nikon L32 Landscape photography features
42
rather wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (20 megapixels)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not available
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
missing Time Lapse mode
48
pretty wide (26mm)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
good battery pack (320 CIPA)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
no manual exposure
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon ELPH 180 Vlogging info
Nikon L32 Vlogging info
32
rather wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection focus
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
does not have selfie friendly screen
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external mic jack
66
pretty wide (26mm)
display is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Digital)
provides face detection focus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have external mic jack
heavier than competitors (164g)
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Canon ELPH 180 vs Nikon L32 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon ELPH 180 and Nikon L32
 Canon PowerShot ELPH 180Nikon Coolpix L32
General Information
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Model type Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 Nikon Coolpix L32
Class Ultracompact Ultracompact
Revealed 2016-01-05 2015-01-14
Body design Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by DIGIC 4+ -
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 5152 x 3864 5152 x 3864
Maximum native ISO 1600 1600
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-224mm (8.0x) 26-130mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.2-6.9 f/3.2-6.5
Macro focusing distance 1cm 10cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7" 3"
Resolution of screen 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 15s 4s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed 0.8 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.00 m (at Auto ISO) 4.30 m
Flash modes Auto, on, slow synchro, off -
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1280 x 720
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 126g (0.28 lb) 164g (0.36 lb)
Dimensions 95 x 54 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") 95 x 60 x 29mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 220 shots 320 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack AA
Battery ID NB-11LH 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom) Yes (10 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at release $119 $120