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Nikon L32 vs Samsung SL720

Portability
93
Imaging
46
Features
33
Overall
40
Nikon Coolpix L32 front
 
Samsung SL720 front
Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
14
Overall
26

Nikon L32 vs Samsung SL720 Key Specs

Nikon L32
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.2-6.5) lens
  • 164g - 95 x 60 x 29mm
  • Launched January 2015
Samsung SL720
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-102mm (F2.8-5.7) lens
  • 168g - 92 x 61 x 23mm
  • Launched July 2009
  • Additionally Known as PL70
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Nikon L32 vs Samsung SL720 Overview

Let's look much closer at the Nikon L32 and Samsung SL720, both Ultracompact cameras by brands Nikon and Samsung. There exists a considerable gap among the resolutions of the L32 (20MP) and SL720 (12MP) but they come with the exact same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The L32 was announced 5 years later than the SL720 and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras come with the identical body type (Ultracompact).

Before delving in to a in-depth comparison, below is a quick view of how the L32 matches up against the SL720 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L32 over the Samsung SL720

 L32 SL720 
LaunchedJanuary 2015July 2009Fresher by 67 months
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Samsung SL720 over the Nikon L32

 SL720 L32 

Common features in the Nikon L32 and Samsung SL720

 L32 SL720 
Focus manually Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kSame screen resolution
Touch screen Neither provides Touch screen

Nikon L32 vs Samsung SL720 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to carry your camera, you need to consider its weight and measurements. The Nikon L32 provides external measurements of 95mm x 60mm x 29mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.1") with a weight of 164 grams (0.36 lbs) whilst the Samsung SL720 has proportions of 92mm x 61mm x 23mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9") and a weight of 168 grams (0.37 lbs).

Compare the Nikon L32 and Samsung SL720 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you have at that time. Following is the front view scale comparison of the L32 vs the SL720.

Nikon L32 vs Samsung SL720 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the L32 and SL720 is 93 and 94 respectively.

Nikon L32 vs Samsung SL720 top view buttons comparison

Nikon L32 vs Samsung SL720 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it's tough to visualise the difference in sensor sizing just by checking out technical specs. The photograph below may give you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the L32 and SL720.

As you have seen, each of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same resolution. You can expect the Nikon L32 to produce more detail with its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop photographs much more aggressively. The fresher L32 will have an edge with regard to sensor tech.

Nikon L32 vs Samsung SL720 sensor size comparison

Nikon L32 vs Samsung SL720 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L32 vs Samsung SL720 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L32 Portrait photography factors
Samsung SL720 Portrait photography factors
39
good MP (20MP)
features face detection focus
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
21
no manual focus
no manual mode
can't use external flash
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon L32 Street photography features
Samsung SL720 Street photography features
56
built in image stabilization (Digital)
fixed screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
heavier than competition (164g)
47
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
heavier than competition in class (168g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon L32
Sports photography with Samsung SL720
48
built in image stabilization (Digital)
good MP (20MP)
good battery power (320 per charge)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
17
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L32 as a Travel photography camera
Samsung SL720 as a Travel photography camera
71
good battery power (320 shots)
good MP (20MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
quite wide (26mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
heavier than competition (164g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
56
has built in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition in class (168 grams)
low megapixels (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L32 Landscape photography highlights
Samsung SL720 Landscape photography highlights
48
quite wide (26mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
good MP (20 megapixels)
good battery power (320 per charge)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
manual mode not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
does not have Time Lapse function
27
pretty wide (28mm)
no manual focus
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
small screen (2.7")
no manual mode
no image stabilization
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon L32
Vlogging with Samsung SL720
66
quite wide (26mm)
selfie friendly screen
built in image stabilization (Digital)
features face detection focus
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external mic port
heavier than competition (164 grams)
25
pretty wide (28mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video quality not great (640 x 480 pixels)
lack of mic support
heavier than competition in class (168 grams)
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Nikon L32 vs Samsung SL720 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L32 and Samsung SL720
 Nikon Coolpix L32Samsung SL720
General Information
Brand Nikon Samsung
Model Nikon Coolpix L32 Samsung SL720
Also called as - PL70
Class Ultracompact Ultracompact
Launched 2015-01-14 2009-07-14
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 5152 x 3864 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 1600 1600
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-130mm (5.0x) 28-102mm (3.6x)
Max aperture f/3.2-6.5 f/2.8-5.7
Macro focus range 10cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 2.7"
Resolution of screen 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4s 8s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1500s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.30 m 4.60 m
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 800 x 592 (20 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video data format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
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 sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 164 grams (0.36 lbs) 168 grams (0.37 lbs)
Dimensions 95 x 60 x 29mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.1") 92 x 61 x 23mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9")
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 320 photos -
Form of battery AA -
Battery model 2 x AA SLB-10A
Self timer Yes (10 secs) Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Price at launch $120 $119