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Nikon L19 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Portability
94
Imaging
31
Features
11
Overall
23
Nikon Coolpix L19 front
 
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
Portability
85
Imaging
37
Features
67
Overall
49

Nikon L19 vs Olympus XZ-2 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
  • Launched February 2009
Olympus XZ-2 iHS
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F1.8-2.5) lens
  • 346g - 113 x 65 x 48mm
  • Introduced December 2012
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Nikon L19 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Overview

The following is a in depth analysis of the Nikon L19 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by rivals Nikon and Olympus. There exists a crucial gap among the resolutions of the L19 (8MP) and XZ-2 iHS (12MP) and the L19 (1/2.5") and XZ-2 iHS (1/1.7") enjoy totally different sensor size.

Photography Glossary

The L19 was released 4 years before the XZ-2 iHS which is a fairly serious gap as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before going straight into a thorough comparison, below is a simple view of how the L19 scores against the XZ-2 iHS with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L19 over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 L19 XZ-2 iHS 

Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Nikon L19

 XZ-2 iHS L19 
IntroducedDecember 2012February 2009Newer by 47 months
Manual focus Very accurate focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution920k230kSharper display (+690k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Nikon L19 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 L19 XZ-2 iHS 
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Nikon L19 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Physical Comparison

If you're going to travel with your camera frequently, you're going to have to consider its weight and size. The Nikon L19 comes with physical dimensions of 97mm x 61mm x 29mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.1") having a weight of 130 grams (0.29 lbs) and the Olympus XZ-2 iHS has specifications of 113mm x 65mm x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") and a weight of 346 grams (0.76 lbs).

Check the Nikon L19 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS in the all new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you are utilizing at that time. The following is the front view scale comparison of the L19 compared to the XZ-2 iHS.

Nikon L19 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the L19 and XZ-2 iHS is 94 and 85 respectively.

Nikon L19 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS top view buttons comparison

Nikon L19 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is hard to see the contrast in sensor dimensions purely by going through specs. The picture here should offer you a far better sense of the sensor dimensions in the L19 and XZ-2 iHS.

As you can plainly see, both of those cameras have got different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The L19 because of its smaller sensor will make shooting shallow DOF more difficult and the Olympus XZ-2 iHS will provide extra detail as a result of its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also help you crop photos much more aggressively. The more aged L19 will be behind with regard to sensor technology.

Nikon L19 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS sensor size comparison

Nikon L19 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L19 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L19 as a Portrait photography camera
Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Portrait photography camera
18
manual focus not available
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (8 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.5")
doesn't have RAW format
46
focusing manually
comes with face detection autofocus
exports RAW formats
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon L19
Street photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
54
lighter than others in class (130 grams)
fixed screen
no image stabilization
tiny sensor size (1/2.5")
doesn't have RAW format
66
screen tilts
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
heavier than competition in class (346g)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L19 as a Sports photography camera
Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Sports photography camera
15
fixed focal length (()mm)
no shutter priority
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (8 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.5")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
43
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with tracking autofocus
better than average battery power (340 per charge)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L19 Travel photography information
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Travel photography information
57
lighter than others in class (130g)
built-in flash
lack of Time Lapse function
sensor resolution low (8MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
61
better than average battery power (340 per charge)
has built in flash
really wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than competition in class (346g)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L19 Landscape photography information
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Landscape photography information
21
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (()mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
no manual exposure
no image stabilization
sensor resolution low (8 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.5")
doesn't have RAW format
lack of Time Lapse function
55
focusing manually
really wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
exports RAW formats
better than average battery power (340 CIPA)
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/1.7")
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon L19 Vlogging info
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Vlogging info
25
lighter than others in class (130 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video resolution low (640 x 480 resolution)
lack of mic port
36
really wide (28mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detection autofocus
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have external mic port
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
heavier than competition in class (346 grams)
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Nikon L19 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L19 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS
 Nikon Coolpix L19Olympus XZ-2 iHS
General Information
Company Nikon Olympus
Model type Nikon Coolpix L19 Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2009-02-03 2012-12-18
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.5" 1/1.7"
Sensor dimensions 5.744 x 4.308mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor surface area 24.7mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 8 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3
Highest resolution 3264 x 2448 3968 x 2976
Highest native ISO 1600 12800
Min native ISO 64 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points - 35
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range () 28-112mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.1-6.7 f/1.8-2.5
Macro focusing distance 5cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 6.3 4.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen sizing 2.7" 3"
Resolution of screen 230k dot 920k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic (optional)
Features
Lowest shutter speed 8 secs 60 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance - 8.60 m (ISO 800)
Flash options Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow, Off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
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)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 130 grams (0.29 lbs) 346 grams (0.76 lbs)
Dimensions 97 x 61 x 29mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.1") 113 x 65 x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested 49
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 20.4
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 11.3
DXO Low light rating not tested 216
Other
Battery life - 340 shots
Battery form - Battery Pack
Battery ID 2 x AA Li-90B
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $0 $450