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Nikon L21 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Portability
93
Imaging
32
Features
11
Overall
23
Nikon Coolpix L21 front
 
Olympus XZ-2 iHS front
Portability
85
Imaging
37
Features
67
Overall
49

Nikon L21 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Key Specs

Nikon L21
(Full Review)
  • 8MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 38-136mm (F3.1-6.7) lens
  • 169g - 92 x 67 x 28mm
  • Announced February 2010
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 L21 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Overview

Lets look more closely at the Nikon L21 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by companies Nikon and Olympus. There exists a sizable gap among the image resolutions of the L21 (8MP) and XZ-2 iHS (12MP) and the L21 (1/2.3") and XZ-2 iHS (1/1.7") use different sensor sizing.

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The L21 was manufactured 3 years earlier than the XZ-2 iHS and that is a fairly significant difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a short summation of how the L21 matches up vs the XZ-2 iHS with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L21 over the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 L21 XZ-2 iHS 

Reasons to pick Olympus XZ-2 iHS over the Nikon L21

 XZ-2 iHS L21 
IntroducedDecember 2012February 2010More recent by 34 months
Focus manually Very accurate focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display sizing3"2.5"Larger display (+0.5")
Display resolution920k230kSharper display (+690k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Nikon L21 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS

 L21 XZ-2 iHS 
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Nikon L21 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to lug around your camera, you will need to take into account its weight and volume. The Nikon L21 offers outer dimensions of 92mm x 67mm x 28mm (3.6" x 2.6" x 1.1") and a weight of 169 grams (0.37 lbs) and the Olympus XZ-2 iHS has sizing of 113mm x 65mm x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9") accompanied by a weight of 346 grams (0.76 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you have at that time. Below is the front view dimension comparison of the L21 compared to the XZ-2 iHS.

Nikon L21 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the L21 and XZ-2 iHS is 93 and 85 respectively.

Nikon L21 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS top view buttons comparison

Nikon L21 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's difficult to imagine the gap in sensor measurements only by viewing specifications. The graphic underneath will help provide you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the L21 and XZ-2 iHS.

Plainly, each of the cameras enjoy different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The L21 because of its smaller sensor is going to make achieving bokeh tougher and the Olympus XZ-2 iHS will result in extra detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop pics far more aggressively. The older L21 will be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Nikon L21 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS sensor size comparison

Nikon L21 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L21 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon L21
Portrait photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
19
no manual focus
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
sensor resolution not great (8MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
46
focusing manually
offers face detect focusing
supports RAW files
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.7")
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Street Comparison

Nikon L21 Street photography factors
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Street photography factors
46
screen is fixed
lack of image stabilization
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
66
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW files
small sensor (1/1.7")
more heavy than competition in class (346g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon L21
Sports photography with Olympus XZ-2 iHS
16
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (8 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
43
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers tracking focus
good battery pack (340 per charge)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.7")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L21 Travel photography highlights
Olympus XZ-2 iHS Travel photography highlights
50
flash built-in
doesn't have Timelapse function
sensor resolution not great (8 megapixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
61
good battery pack (340 per charge)
has built in flash
really wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition in class (346g)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L21 as a Landscape photography camera
Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Landscape photography camera
22
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
screen is small (2.5")
no manual exposure
lack of image stabilization
sensor resolution not great (8 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse function
55
focusing manually
really wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports RAW files
good battery pack (340 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/1.7")
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon L21 as a Vlogging camera
Olympus XZ-2 iHS as a Vlogging camera
21
wide angle not fantastic (38mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
low quality video (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have microphone support
36
really wide (28mm)
fast max aperture (f1.8)
touch screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
comes with microphone socket
does not posses selfie friendly screen
more heavy than competition in class (346g)
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Nikon L21 vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L21 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS
 Nikon Coolpix L21Olympus XZ-2 iHS
General Information
Make Nikon Olympus
Model Nikon Coolpix L21 Olympus XZ-2 iHS
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2010-02-03 2012-12-18
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Expeed C2 -
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.7"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 41.5mm²
Sensor resolution 8 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3
Max resolution 3648 x 2736 3968 x 2976
Max native ISO 1600 12800
Lowest native ISO 64 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points - 35
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 38-136mm (3.6x) 28-112mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.1-6.7 f/1.8-2.5
Macro focus distance 5cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.9 4.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen sizing 2.5" 3"
Resolution of screen 230k dots 920k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic (optional)
Features
Min shutter speed 8 secs 60 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range - 8.60 m (ISO 800)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
AEB
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) 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 640x480 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
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
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 169g (0.37 lbs) 346g (0.76 lbs)
Dimensions 92 x 67 x 28mm (3.6" x 2.6" x 1.1") 113 x 65 x 48mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 49
DXO Color Depth score not tested 20.4
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 11.3
DXO Low light score not tested 216
Other
Battery life - 340 photos
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery model 2 x AA Li-90B
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 12 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots One One
Pricing at release $180 $450