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Nikon L20 vs Nikon L610

Portability
94
Imaging
33
Features
17
Overall
26
Nikon Coolpix L20 front
 
Nikon Coolpix L610 front
Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
33
Overall
37

Nikon L20 vs Nikon L610 Key Specs

Nikon L20
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 38-136mm (F3.1-6.7) lens
  • 135g - 97 x 61 x 29mm
  • Announced February 2009
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
  • Announced August 2012
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Nikon L20 vs Nikon L610 Overview

Below is a detailed review of the Nikon L20 versus Nikon L610, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and they are both produced by Nikon. There is a large difference between the resolutions of the L20 (10MP) and L610 (16MP) but they use the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The L20 was manufactured 4 years before the L610 and that is quite a serious difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting straight into a complete comparison, below is a short summary of how the L20 matches up vs the L610 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L20 over the Nikon L610

 L20 L610 

Reasons to pick Nikon L610 over the Nikon L20

 L610 L20 
AnnouncedAugust 2012February 2009More recent by 42 months
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Nikon L20 and Nikon L610

 L20 L610 
Focus manually Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen size
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lacking Touch friendly screen

Nikon L20 vs Nikon L610 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to lug around your camera often, you'll have to factor its weight and dimensions. The Nikon L20 comes with outer dimensions of 97mm x 61mm x 29mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.1") and a weight of 135 grams (0.30 lbs) while the Nikon L610 has dimensions of 108mm x 69mm x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 240 grams (0.53 lbs).

Check out the Nikon L20 versus Nikon L610 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are employing at that time. The following is the front view sizing comparison of the L20 compared to the L610.

Nikon L20 vs Nikon L610 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the L20 and L610 is 94 and 90 respectively.

Nikon L20 vs Nikon L610 top view buttons comparison

Nikon L20 vs Nikon L610 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is difficult to picture the difference between sensor measurements simply by going over specs. The photograph here will give you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the L20 and L610.

As you can plainly see, both the cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit different megapixels. You can expect the Nikon L610 to offer more detail due to its extra 6 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also let you crop photographs much more aggressively. The older L20 is going to be behind in sensor tech.

Nikon L20 vs Nikon L610 sensor size comparison

Nikon L20 vs Nikon L610 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L20 vs Nikon L610 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon L20
Portrait photography with Nikon L610
19
lack of manual focus
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
30
MP count decent (16MP)
manual focus not available
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon L20 Street photography information
Nikon L610 Street photography information
54
lighter than competition (135g)
fixed screen
no image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (240 grams)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L20 Sports photography highlights
Nikon L610 Sports photography highlights
16
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
45
excellent zoom range (25-350mm 14.0 x zoom)
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
low battery (120 shots)
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L20 Travel photography information
Nikon L610 Travel photography information
55
lighter than competition (135g)
flash built-in
no Time Lapse recording
megapixel count low (10MP)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (38mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
66
lighter than competition in class (240g)
MP count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (25mm)
very long reach (350mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
low battery (120 per charge)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L20 Landscape photography info
Nikon L610 Landscape photography info
27
screen size is good (3")
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (38mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
manual mode not available
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
no Time Lapse recording
41
reasonably wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
lack of manual mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files
low battery (120 CIPA)
does not have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon L20
Vlogging with Nikon L610
24
lighter than competition (135g)
wide angle not good (38mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
video res low (640 x 480 resolution)
no mic socket
33
reasonably wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (240g)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
does not have external microphone port
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Nikon L20 vs Nikon L610 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L20 and Nikon L610
 Nikon Coolpix L20Nikon Coolpix L610
General Information
Company Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix L20 Nikon Coolpix L610
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2009-02-03 2012-08-09
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 10MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 -
Highest resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 1600 3200
Min native ISO 64 125
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 38-136mm (3.6x) 25-350mm (14.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.1-6.7 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing range 5cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech - TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8s 4s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/6000s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash options Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow, Off -
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080
Highest video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG H.264
Microphone 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 135 grams (0.30 lb) 240 grams (0.53 lb)
Dimensions 97 x 61 x 29mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.1") 108 x 69 x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3")
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 - 120 photos
Battery form - AA
Battery ID 2 x AA 2 x AA
Self timer Yes -
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
Launch price $120 $150