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Nikon L120 vs Nikon L610

Portability
75
Imaging
37
Features
38
Overall
37
Nikon Coolpix L120 front
 
Nikon Coolpix L610 front
Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
33
Overall
37

Nikon L120 vs Nikon L610 Key Specs

Nikon L120
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-525mm (F3.1-5.8) lens
  • 431g - 110 x 77 x 78mm
  • Revealed February 2011
  • Earlier Model is Nikon L110
Nikon L610
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-350mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 240g - 108 x 69 x 34mm
  • Launched August 2012
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Nikon L120 vs Nikon L610 Overview

Lets examine more in depth at the Nikon L120 vs Nikon L610, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and they are both offered by Nikon. The sensor resolution of the L120 (14MP) and the L610 (16MP) is relatively close and they use the same exact sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The L120 was revealed 18 months earlier than the L610 which makes the cameras a generation away from one another. Both the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before going straight into a thorough comparison, below is a brief summation of how the L120 grades vs the L610 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L120 over the Nikon L610

 L120 L610 
Screen resolution921k460kSharper screen (+461k dot)

Reasons to pick Nikon L610 over the Nikon L120

 L610 L120 
LaunchedAugust 2012February 2011Newer by 18 months

Common features in the Nikon L120 and Nikon L610

 L120 L610 
Manually focus Lack of manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen dimensions
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Missing Touch friendly screen

Nikon L120 vs Nikon L610 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to travel with your camera regularly, you need to think about its weight and dimensions. The Nikon L120 enjoys outside dimensions of 110mm x 77mm x 78mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 3.1") with a weight of 431 grams (0.95 lbs) whilst the Nikon L610 has dimensions of 108mm x 69mm x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3") having a weight of 240 grams (0.53 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you have attached at that time. Here is the front view over all size comparison of the L120 against the L610.

Nikon L120 vs Nikon L610 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the L120 and L610 is 75 and 90 respectively.

Nikon L120 vs Nikon L610 top view buttons comparison

Nikon L120 vs Nikon L610 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is tough to visualise the difference in sensor dimensions purely by looking through specs. The picture below should offer you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the L120 and L610.

All in all, both the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same resolution. You can count on the Nikon L610 to provide you with greater detail because of its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also allow you to crop pictures far more aggressively. The more aged L120 will be behind when it comes to sensor technology.

Nikon L120 vs Nikon L610 sensor size comparison

Nikon L120 vs Nikon L610 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L120 vs Nikon L610 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L120 Portrait photography advice
Nikon L610 Portrait photography advice
33
good MP (14 megapixels)
supports face detect focus
lack of manual focus
no manual control
cannot use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
30
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon L120 Street photography factors
Nikon L610 Street photography factors
48
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (240g)
screen does not articulate
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L120 Sports photography details
Nikon L610 Sports photography details
43
excellent zoom range (25-525mm 21.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (14MP)
supports tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
45
amazing zoom range (25-350mm 14.0 x zoom)
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
low battery pack (120 per charge)
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L120 as a Travel photography camera
Nikon L610 as a Travel photography camera
60
good MP (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
very long zoom (525mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
66
lighter than competitors (240g)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
has built in flash
really wide (25mm)
very long reach (350mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
low battery pack (120 CIPA)
does not have selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L120 Landscape photography details
Nikon L610 Landscape photography details
40
fairly wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (14MP)
lack of manual focus
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse recording
41
really wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
manual mode not available
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
low battery pack (120 CIPA)
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon L120
Vlogging with Nikon L610
27
fairly wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detect focus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
display isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have microphone jack
33
really wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors (240g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not have selfie friendly screen
does not have mic port
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Nikon L120 vs Nikon L610 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L120 and Nikon L610
 Nikon Coolpix L120Nikon Coolpix L610
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix L120 Nikon Coolpix L610
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2011-02-09 2012-08-09
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Expeed C2 -
Sensor type CCD BSI-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 14 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 -
Highest Possible resolution 4320 x 3240 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 125
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-525mm (21.0x) 25-350mm (14.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.1-5.8 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing range 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 921k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology TFT LCD with Anti-reflection coating TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 secs 4 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/6000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 1.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 6.00 m -
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye -
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720p (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps) 1920 x 1080
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 431 grams (0.95 pounds) 240 grams (0.53 pounds)
Dimensions 110 x 77 x 78mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 3.1") 108 x 69 x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3")
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 330 photographs 120 photographs
Type of battery AA AA
Battery ID 4 x AA 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (10 or 2 sec) -
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Launch pricing $300 $150