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Nikon L19 vs Sony H55

Portability
94
Imaging
31
Features
11
Overall
23
Nikon Coolpix L19 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55 front
Portability
92
Imaging
37
Features
28
Overall
33

Nikon L19 vs Sony H55 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
Sony H55
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.5-5.5) lens
  • 200g - 103 x 58 x 29mm
  • Launched June 2010
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Nikon L19 vs Sony H55 Overview

Here is a in-depth analysis of the Nikon L19 versus Sony H55, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by competitors Nikon and Sony. There is a sizable difference between the sensor resolutions of the L19 (8MP) and H55 (14MP) and the L19 (1/2.5") and H55 (1/2.3") provide totally different sensor sizing.

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The L19 was unveiled 16 months earlier than the H55 making them a generation apart from each other. Both of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before getting into a in depth comparison, here is a brief overview of how the L19 matches up versus the H55 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L19 over the Sony H55

 L19 H55 

Reasons to pick Sony H55 over the Nikon L19

 H55 L19 
LaunchedJune 2010February 2009Fresher by 16 months
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")

Common features in the Nikon L19 and Sony H55

 L19 H55 
Focus manually No manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch display Missing Touch display

Nikon L19 vs Sony H55 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to carry your camera often, you should consider its weight and volume. The Nikon L19 offers external dimensions of 97mm x 61mm x 29mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.1") with a weight of 130 grams (0.29 lbs) while the Sony H55 has sizing of 103mm x 58mm x 29mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") with a weight of 200 grams (0.44 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are working with at that time. The following is a front view dimensions comparison of the L19 vs the H55.

Nikon L19 vs Sony H55 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the L19 and H55 is 94 and 92 respectively.

Nikon L19 vs Sony H55 top view buttons comparison

Nikon L19 vs Sony H55 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is tough to visualise the gap between sensor sizing purely by reading specifications. The graphic below should offer you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the L19 and H55.

To sum up, both cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The L19 using its tinier sensor will make getting shallow depth of field tougher and the Sony H55 will offer greater detail having an extra 6MP. Greater resolution will allow you to crop pics more aggressively. The older L19 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Nikon L19 vs Sony H55 sensor size comparison

Nikon L19 vs Sony H55 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L19 vs Sony H55 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L19 Portrait photography information
Sony H55 Portrait photography information
18
no manual focus
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
low resolution (8 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.5")
doesn't have RAW support
28
decent MP (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon L19 Street photography features
Sony H55 Street photography features
54
lighter than average (130 grams)
no moving screen
does not have image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.5")
doesn't have RAW support
56
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L19 Sports photography information
Sony H55 Sports photography information
15
fixed focal length (()mm)
no shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
low resolution (8 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.5")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
38
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14MP)
no shutter priority
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L19 as a Travel photography camera
Sony H55 as a Travel photography camera
57
lighter than average (130 grams)
has built in flash
missing Time Lapse recording
low resolution (8MP)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
67
decent MP (14MP)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (25mm)
very long zoom (250mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L19 Landscape photography info
Sony H55 Landscape photography info
21
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
fixed focal length (()mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
manual exposure not available
does not have image stabilization
low resolution (8 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.5")
doesn't have RAW support
missing Time Lapse recording
42
reasonably wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon L19 Vlogging details
Sony H55 Vlogging details
25
lighter than average (130 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.1)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
low res video (640 x 480 resolution)
missing external mic socket
28
reasonably wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have mic support
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Nikon L19 vs Sony H55 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L19 and Sony H55
 Nikon Coolpix L19Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Sony
Model Nikon Coolpix L19 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H55
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2009-02-03 2010-06-16
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - Bionz
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.5" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 5.744 x 4.308mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 24.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 8MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 3264 x 2448 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 1600 3200
Minimum native ISO 64 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range () 25-250mm (10.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.1-6.7 f/3.5-5.5
Macro focus distance 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 6.3 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 8 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter rate - 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 3.80 m
Flash modes Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow, Off Auto, On, Slow Syncro, Off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG MPEG-4
Mic support
Headphone support
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 sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 130 gr (0.29 lb) 200 gr (0.44 lb)
Physical dimensions 97 x 61 x 29mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.1") 103 x 58 x 29mm (4.1" x 2.3" 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 2 x AA NP-BG1
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, portrait1/ portrait2)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC card, Internal Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo/ PRO HG-Duo, SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Launch pricing $0 $235