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Nikon L19 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS

Portability
94
Imaging
31
Features
11
Overall
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Nikon Coolpix L19 front
 
Olympus TG-820 iHS front
Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
37
Overall
36

Nikon L19 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS Key Specs

Nikon L19
(Full Review)
  • 8MP - 1/2.5" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • ()mm (F3.1-6.7) lens
  • 130g - 97 x 61 x 29mm
  • Released February 2009
Olympus TG-820 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-5.9) lens
  • 206g - 101 x 65 x 26mm
  • Introduced February 2012
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Nikon L19 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS Overview

Let's look a bit more in depth at the Nikon L19 and Olympus TG-820 iHS, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Waterproof by competitors Nikon and Olympus. There exists a crucial gap among the image resolutions of the L19 (8MP) and TG-820 iHS (12MP) and the L19 (1/2.5") and TG-820 iHS (1/2.3") enjoy totally different sensor sizing.

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The L19 was released 4 years earlier than the TG-820 iHS and that is a fairly serious gap as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before going straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a quick summary of how the L19 scores versus the TG-820 iHS in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L19 over the Olympus TG-820 iHS

 L19 TG-820 iHS 

Reasons to pick Olympus TG-820 iHS over the Nikon L19

 TG-820 iHS L19 
IntroducedFebruary 2012February 2009Fresher by 36 months
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1030k230kSharper screen (+800k dot)

Common features in the Nikon L19 and Olympus TG-820 iHS

 L19 TG-820 iHS 
Manual focus Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither includes Touch friendly screen

Nikon L19 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to carry your camera, you have to consider its weight and size. The Nikon L19 features outside dimensions of 97mm x 61mm x 29mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.1") along with a weight of 130 grams (0.29 lbs) whilst the Olympus TG-820 iHS has specifications of 101mm x 65mm x 26mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.0") along with a weight of 206 grams (0.45 lbs).

Analyze the Nikon L19 and Olympus TG-820 iHS in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you have chosen during that time. Here is the front view dimensions comparison of the L19 and the TG-820 iHS.

Nikon L19 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the L19 and TG-820 iHS is 94 and 92 respectively.

Nikon L19 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS top view buttons comparison

Nikon L19 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be difficult to visualise the gap in sensor sizing simply by checking out a spec sheet. The visual below will help provide you a much better sense of the sensor dimensions in the L19 and TG-820 iHS.

Clearly, each of the cameras enjoy different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The L19 featuring a smaller sensor will make achieving shallower depth of field tougher and the Olympus TG-820 iHS will show greater detail as a result of its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop shots far more aggressively. The older L19 will be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Nikon L19 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS sensor size comparison

Nikon L19 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L19 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon L19
Portrait photography with Olympus TG-820 iHS
18
manual focus not available
no manual control
no external flash support
megapixel count low (8MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
lack of RAW format
27
has face detection autofocus
no manual focus
no manual control
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon L19 Street photography advice
Olympus TG-820 iHS Street photography advice
54
lighter than average in class (130 grams)
fixed screen
no image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
lack of RAW format
61
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment sealing
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L19 Sports photography info
Olympus TG-820 iHS Sports photography info
15
can't change focal length (()mm)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (8MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
lack of phase detect auto focus
34
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has tracking autofocus
environment sealing
painfully slow continuous shooting (5.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery (220 CIPA)
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L19 Travel photography factors
Olympus TG-820 iHS Travel photography factors
57
lighter than average in class (130 grams)
has built in flash
does not have Timelapse function
megapixel count low (8MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
59
environment sealing
flash built-in
reasonably wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
bad battery (220 per charge)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L19 Landscape photography info
Olympus TG-820 iHS Landscape photography info
21
manual focus not available
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (()mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
small screen (2.7 inches)
no manual control
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (8MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
lack of RAW format
does not have Timelapse function
38
reasonably wide (28mm)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment sealing
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
no manual control
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
bad battery (220 per charge)
does not have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon L19
Vlogging with Olympus TG-820 iHS
25
lighter than average in class (130 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
low video resolution (640 x 480 resolution)
does not have microphone port
33
reasonably wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detection autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
does not have external microphone socket
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Nikon L19 vs Olympus TG-820 iHS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L19 and Olympus TG-820 iHS
 Nikon Coolpix L19Olympus TG-820 iHS
General Information
Make Nikon Olympus
Model type Nikon Coolpix L19 Olympus TG-820 iHS
Class Small Sensor Compact Waterproof
Released 2009-02-03 2012-02-08
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - TruePic VI
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.5" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 5.744 x 4.308mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 24.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 8MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 -
Maximum resolution 3264 x 2448 3968 x 2976
Maximum native ISO 1600 6400
Lowest native ISO 64 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range () 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.1-6.7 f/3.9-5.9
Macro focusing distance 5cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 6.3 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230k dots 1,030k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech - HyperCrystal III TFT Color LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8 seconds 4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate - 5.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance - 3.50 m
Flash modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow, Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps)1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 180 (30fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 130 grams (0.29 lbs) 206 grams (0.45 lbs)
Dimensions 97 x 61 x 29mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.1") 101 x 65 x 26mm (4.0" x 2.6" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 pictures
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Battery ID 2 x AA LI-50B
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 12 sec, pet auto shutter)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Launch pricing $0 $500