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Casio EX-FC100 vs Nikon L21

Portability
94
Imaging
32
Features
21
Overall
27
Casio Exilim EX-FC100 front
 
Nikon Coolpix L21 front
Portability
93
Imaging
32
Features
11
Overall
23

Casio EX-FC100 vs Nikon L21 Key Specs

Casio EX-FC100
(Full Review)
  • 9MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • ()mm (F3.6-8.5) lens
  • 156g - 100 x 59 x 23mm
  • Revealed January 2009
Nikon L21
(Full Review)
  • 8MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 38-136mm (F3.1-6.7) lens
  • 169g - 92 x 67 x 28mm
  • Revealed February 2010
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Casio EX-FC100 vs Nikon L21 Overview

Its time to look a bit more closely at the Casio EX-FC100 and Nikon L21, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by brands Casio and Nikon. The sensor resolution of the EX-FC100 (9MP) and the L21 (8MP) is relatively well matched and they possess the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The EX-FC100 was manufactured 13 months before the L21 which makes the cameras a generation away from each other. Each of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving in to a thorough comparison, below is a brief overview of how the EX-FC100 matches up vs the L21 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Casio EX-FC100 over the Nikon L21

 EX-FC100 L21 
Manual focus Dial exact focusing
Screen dimension2.7"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.2")

Reasons to pick Nikon L21 over the Casio EX-FC100

 L21 EX-FC100 
RevealedFebruary 2010January 2009More modern by 13 months

Common features in the Casio EX-FC100 and Nikon L21

 EX-FC100 L21 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither has Touch friendly screen

Casio EX-FC100 vs Nikon L21 Physical Comparison

If you're going to carry around your camera, you are going to need to factor in its weight and volume. The Casio EX-FC100 has outside measurements of 100mm x 59mm x 23mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") having a weight of 156 grams (0.34 lbs) whilst the Nikon L21 has sizing of 92mm x 67mm x 28mm (3.6" x 2.6" x 1.1") with a weight of 169 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you select at that moment. Underneath is the front view measurements comparison of the EX-FC100 against the L21.

Casio EX-FC100 vs Nikon L21 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the EX-FC100 and L21 is 94 and 93 respectively.

Casio EX-FC100 vs Nikon L21 top view buttons comparison

Casio EX-FC100 vs Nikon L21 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it's tough to envision the difference between sensor sizes merely by checking specs. The pic below may provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the EX-FC100 and L21.

All in all, both cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same MP. You should count on the Casio EX-FC100 to give you greater detail due to its extra 1 Megapixels. Higher resolution will allow you to crop shots much more aggressively. The more aged EX-FC100 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Casio EX-FC100 vs Nikon L21 sensor size comparison

Casio EX-FC100 vs Nikon L21 Screen and ViewFinder

Casio EX-FC100 vs Nikon L21 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Casio EX-FC100 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon L21 as a Portrait photography camera
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focusing manually
no external flash support
megapixel count low (9MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
19
no manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
sensor resolution low (8MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Casio EX-FC100 as a Street photography camera
Nikon L21 as a Street photography camera
56
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen does not articulate
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
46
fixed screen
no image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Casio EX-FC100 as a Sports photography camera
Nikon L21 as a Sports photography camera
24
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
can't change focal length (()mm)
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,000s)
megapixel count low (9 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
16
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (8MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Casio EX-FC100 Travel photography details
Nikon L21 Travel photography details
52
flash built-in
missing Time Lapse function
megapixel count low (9 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.6)
50
flash built-in
does not have Time Lapse recording
sensor resolution low (8 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (38mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Casio EX-FC100
Landscape photography with Nikon L21
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focusing manually
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (()mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.6)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
megapixel count low (9 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
missing Time Lapse function
22
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (38mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
tiny screen (2.5")
no manual control
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (8 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Casio EX-FC100 Vlogging information
Nikon L21 Vlogging information
26
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.6)
screen is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing mic support
21
wide angle not good (38mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low video resolution (640 x 480 pxls)
does not have external mic port
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Casio EX-FC100 vs Nikon L21 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Casio EX-FC100 and Nikon L21
 Casio Exilim EX-FC100Nikon Coolpix L21
General Information
Brand Name Casio Nikon
Model Casio Exilim EX-FC100 Nikon Coolpix L21
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2009-01-08 2010-02-03
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - Expeed C2
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 9 megapixels 8 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 3456 x 2592 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 1600 1600
Minimum native ISO 100 64
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range () 38-136mm (3.6x)
Max aperture f/3.6-8.5 f/3.1-6.7
Macro focus distance - 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7 inch 2.5 inch
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 1 seconds 8 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/1000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 448 x 336 (30, 240 fps), 640 x 480 (120 fps),448 x 336 (240 fps), 224 x 168 (420 fps), 224 x 64 (1000 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 156g (0.34 lb) 169g (0.37 lb)
Dimensions 100 x 59 x 23mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.9") 92 x 67 x 28mm (3.6" x 2.6" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery model NP-40 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (10 seconds, 2 seconds, Triple Self-timer) Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage media SDHC Memory Card, SD Memory Card, Eye-Fi Wireless Card compatible SD/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Launch cost $300 $180