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Nikon L21 vs Nikon L610

Portability
93
Imaging
32
Features
11
Overall
23
Nikon Coolpix L21 front
 
Nikon Coolpix L610 front
Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
33
Overall
37

Nikon L21 vs Nikon L610 Key Specs

Nikon L21
(Full Review)
  • 8MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 38-136mm (F3.1-6.7) lens
  • 169g - 92 x 67 x 28mm
  • Announced February 2010
Nikon L610
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • 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 L21 vs Nikon L610 Overview

Here, we are reviewing the Nikon L21 and Nikon L610, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and they are both created by Nikon. There is a considerable difference among the image resolutions of the L21 (8MP) and L610 (16MP) but both cameras boast the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The L21 was announced 3 years prior to the L610 which is a fairly large difference as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a simple summation of how the L21 matches up against the L610 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L21 over the Nikon L610

 L21 L610 

Reasons to pick Nikon L610 over the Nikon L21

 L610 L21 
AnnouncedAugust 2012February 2010Newer by 30 months
Display size3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution460k230kSharper display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Nikon L21 and Nikon L610

 L21 L610 
Focus manually No manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch display Lacking Touch display

Nikon L21 vs Nikon L610 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to travel with your camera often, you need to factor its weight and measurements. The Nikon L21 enjoys physical dimensions of 92mm x 67mm x 28mm (3.6" x 2.6" x 1.1") along with a weight of 169 grams (0.37 lbs) and the Nikon L610 has proportions of 108mm x 69mm x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3") along with a weight of 240 grams (0.53 lbs).

Analyze the Nikon L21 and Nikon L610 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you have at that moment. Underneath is a front view measurement comparison of the L21 versus the L610.

Nikon L21 vs Nikon L610 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the L21 and L610 is 93 and 90 respectively.

Nikon L21 vs Nikon L610 top view buttons comparison

Nikon L21 vs Nikon L610 Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be difficult to imagine the gap in sensor dimensions just by checking out specifications. The image below may give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the L21 and L610.

To sum up, the 2 cameras feature the identical sensor size but different MP. You can expect to see the Nikon L610 to provide greater detail with its extra 8MP. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop photos way more aggressively. The more aged L21 will be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Nikon L21 vs Nikon L610 sensor size comparison

Nikon L21 vs Nikon L610 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L21 vs Nikon L610 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L21 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon L610 as a Portrait photography camera
19
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
cannot use external flash
low MP (8MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
30
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon L21 Street photography info
Nikon L610 Street photography info
46
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (240g)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L21 Sports photography details
Nikon L610 Sports photography details
16
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
low MP (8 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
45
great zoom range (25-350mm 14.0 x zoom)
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
bad battery life (120 shots)
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L21 as a Travel photography camera
Nikon L610 as a Travel photography camera
50
built-in flash
doesn't have Timelapse function
low MP (8 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (38mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
66
lighter than others in class (240 grams)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
long reach (350mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
bad battery life (120 per charge)
does not contain selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L21 Landscape photography info
Nikon L610 Landscape photography info
22
focusing manually not possible
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (38mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
tiny screen (2.5 inches)
no manual control
lack of image stabilization
low MP (8 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse function
41
relatively wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
manual focus not available
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
manual mode not available
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
bad battery life (120 CIPA)
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon L21 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon L610 as a Vlogging camera
21
wide angle not the best (38mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
low res video (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have microphone port
33
relatively wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than others in class (240g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
does not contain selfie friendly display
does not have mic jack
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Nikon L21 vs Nikon L610 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L21 and Nikon L610
 Nikon Coolpix L21Nikon Coolpix L610
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix L21 Nikon Coolpix L610
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2010-02-03 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 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 8 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 -
Peak resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 1600 3200
Min native ISO 64 125
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 38-136mm (3.6x) 25-350mm (14.0x)
Max aperture f/3.1-6.7 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing range 5cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.5" 3"
Resolution of display 230k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology - TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 8s 4s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/6000s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro -
Hot shoe
AEB
WB 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
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 169 gr (0.37 lb) 240 gr (0.53 lb)
Physical dimensions 92 x 67 x 28mm (3.6" x 2.6" x 1.1") 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 - 120 photos
Form of battery - AA
Battery ID 2 x AA 2 x AA
Self timer Yes -
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots 1 1
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