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Nikon L21 vs Pentax RZ18

Portability
93
Imaging
32
Features
11
Overall
23
Nikon Coolpix L21 front
 
Pentax Optio RZ18 front
Portability
92
Imaging
39
Features
37
Overall
38

Nikon L21 vs Pentax RZ18 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
Pentax RZ18
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-450mm (F3.5-5.9) lens
  • 178g - 97 x 61 x 33mm
  • Launched September 2011
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Nikon L21 vs Pentax RZ18 Overview

Below is a in depth overview of the Nikon L21 vs Pentax RZ18, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by manufacturers Nikon and Pentax. There exists a significant gap among the image resolutions of the L21 (8MP) and RZ18 (16MP) but both cameras offer the same sensor size (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The L21 was announced 19 months earlier than the RZ18 which makes them a generation apart from one another. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before delving straight to a full comparison, here is a concise summary of how the L21 grades versus the RZ18 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L21 over the Pentax RZ18

 L21 RZ18 

Reasons to pick Pentax RZ18 over the Nikon L21

 RZ18 L21 
LaunchedSeptember 2011February 2010More recent by 19 months
Manually focus Very exact focus
Screen dimensions3"2.5"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Nikon L21 and Pentax RZ18

 L21 RZ18 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch screen Neither provides Touch screen

Nikon L21 vs Pentax RZ18 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to lug around your camera frequently, you will want to factor in its weight and proportions. The Nikon L21 provides external dimensions of 92mm x 67mm x 28mm (3.6" x 2.6" x 1.1") having a weight of 169 grams (0.37 lbs) and the Pentax RZ18 has measurements of 97mm x 61mm x 33mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.3") with a weight of 178 grams (0.39 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have at the time. The following is a front view dimensions comparison of the L21 and the RZ18.

Nikon L21 vs Pentax RZ18 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the L21 and RZ18 is 93 and 92 respectively.

Nikon L21 vs Pentax RZ18 top view buttons comparison

Nikon L21 vs Pentax RZ18 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is difficult to see the contrast in sensor measurements simply by checking out specifications. The graphic below will help give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the L21 and RZ18.

To sum up, each of these cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same MP. You should count on the Pentax RZ18 to produce greater detail with its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution will enable you to crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The older L21 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Nikon L21 vs Pentax RZ18 sensor size comparison

Nikon L21 vs Pentax RZ18 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L21 vs Pentax RZ18 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L21 Portrait photography highlights
Pentax RZ18 Portrait photography highlights
19
manual focus not available
no manual mode
no external flash support
low resolution (8 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
36
has manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon L21 Street photography highlights
Pentax RZ18 Street photography highlights
46
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
65
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proofing
lighter than competition in class (178g)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L21 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax RZ18 as a Sports photography camera
16
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
low resolution (8 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
47
long zoom range (25-450mm 18.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
environment proofing
slow frames per second (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L21 Travel photography highlights
Pentax RZ18 Travel photography highlights
50
built-in flash
missing Timelapse function
low resolution (8 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (38mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
71
lighter than competition in class (178g)
environment proofing
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
has built in flash
rather wide (25mm)
great zoom (450mm)
missing Time Lapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L21 Landscape photography factors
Pentax RZ18 Landscape photography factors
22
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (38mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
screen is somewhat small (2.5")
no manual mode
does not have image stabilization
low resolution (8MP)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
missing Timelapse function
49
has manual focus
rather wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
environment proofing
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not available
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon L21 Vlogging highlights
Pentax RZ18 Vlogging highlights
21
wide angle not the best (38mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
low quality video (640 x 480 resolution)
missing microphone port
30
rather wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competition in class (178 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing external mic socket
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Nikon L21 vs Pentax RZ18 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L21 and Pentax RZ18
 Nikon Coolpix L21Pentax Optio RZ18
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Pentax
Model Nikon Coolpix L21 Pentax Optio RZ18
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2010-02-03 2011-09-12
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Expeed C2 -
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 area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 8 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 3648 x 2736 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 1600 6400
Minimum native ISO 64 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 38-136mm (3.6x) 25-450mm (18.0x)
Max aperture f/3.1-6.7 f/3.5-5.9
Macro focus distance 5cm 4cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.5 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology - TFT color LCD with Anti-reflective coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 8s 4s
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter rate - 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 2.80 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic 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
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 169 grams (0.37 pounds) 178 grams (0.39 pounds)
Physical dimensions 92 x 67 x 28mm (3.6" x 2.6" x 1.1") 97 x 61 x 33mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 1.3")
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 D-LI92
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Launch cost $180 $210