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Nikon L21 vs Panasonic FH27

Portability
93
Imaging
32
Features
11
Overall
23
Nikon Coolpix L21 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27 front
Portability
94
Imaging
39
Features
34
Overall
37

Nikon L21 vs Panasonic FH27 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
  • Released February 2010
Panasonic FH27
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 152g - 99 x 57 x 28mm
  • Revealed January 2011
Photography Glossary

Nikon L21 vs Panasonic FH27 Overview

Following is a extensive overview of the Nikon L21 vs Panasonic FH27, both Small Sensor Compact cameras by brands Nikon and Panasonic. There is a considerable difference among the sensor resolutions of the L21 (8MP) and FH27 (16MP) but both cameras posses the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The L21 was launched 11 months earlier than the FH27 and they are of a similar age. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before getting into a comprehensive comparison, here is a concise synopsis of how the L21 grades versus the FH27 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L21 over the Panasonic FH27

 L21 FH27 

Reasons to pick Panasonic FH27 over the Nikon L21

 FH27 L21 
RevealedJanuary 2011February 2010More modern by 11 months
Screen size3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Nikon L21 and Panasonic FH27

 L21 FH27 
Manual focus Lack of manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kIdentical screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen

Nikon L21 vs Panasonic FH27 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to carry around your camera frequently, you need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Nikon L21 has exterior measurements of 92mm x 67mm x 28mm (3.6" x 2.6" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 169 grams (0.37 lbs) and the Panasonic FH27 has dimensions of 99mm x 57mm x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1") having a weight of 152 grams (0.34 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you have attached at that moment. Underneath is a front view measurement comparison of the L21 vs the FH27.

Nikon L21 vs Panasonic FH27 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the L21 and FH27 is 93 and 94 respectively.

Nikon L21 vs Panasonic FH27 top view buttons comparison

Nikon L21 vs Panasonic FH27 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be tough to picture the contrast in sensor sizes merely by looking through specifications. The pic here might provide you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the L21 and FH27.

To sum up, the 2 cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit different resolution. You can count on the Panasonic FH27 to result in more detail utilizing its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop pictures a good deal more aggressively. The more aged L21 will be behind in sensor technology.

Nikon L21 vs Panasonic FH27 sensor size comparison

Nikon L21 vs Panasonic FH27 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L21 vs Panasonic FH27 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L21 Portrait photography advice
Panasonic FH27 Portrait photography advice
19
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
low megapixels (8MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
34
megapixel count good (16MP)
has face detect focus
lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
external flash not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon L21 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic FH27 as a Street photography camera
46
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
has touch to focus
screen does not articulate
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L21 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic FH27 as a Sports photography camera
16
no shutter priority
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (8MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
40
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
has tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (4.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L21 Travel photography details
Panasonic FH27 Travel photography details
50
built-in flash
does not have Time Lapse recording
low megapixels (8MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (38mm)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
68
has touch to focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
built-in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
doesn't have selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon L21
Landscape photography with Panasonic FH27
22
manual focus not available
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (38mm)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
screen is somewhat small (2.5 inches)
manual exposure not available
lack of image stabilization
low megapixels (8MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
does not have Time Lapse recording
43
fairly wide (28mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
lack of manual focus
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
no manual exposure
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon L21 Vlogging factors
Panasonic FH27 Vlogging factors
21
wide angle not great (38mm)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video res low (640 x 480 pxls)
does not have external mic support
32
fairly wide (28mm)
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have mic port
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Nikon L21 vs Panasonic FH27 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L21 and Panasonic FH27
 Nikon Coolpix L21Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Panasonic
Model Nikon Coolpix L21 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Released 2010-02-03 2011-01-05
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Expeed C2 Venus Engine VI
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 8 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 -
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 1600 6400
Lowest native ISO 64 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 11
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 38-136mm (3.6x) 28-224mm (8.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.1-6.7 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus distance 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.5 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 230k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology - TFT Touch Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8 seconds 60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting speed - 4.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range - 5.80 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
External flash
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) 1280 x 720 (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 169g (0.37 lb) 152g (0.34 lb)
Physical dimensions 92 x 67 x 28mm (3.6" x 2.6" x 1.1") 99 x 57 x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 life - 250 pictures
Style of battery - Battery Pack
Battery model 2 x AA -
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Retail pricing $180 $229