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Nikon L32 vs Sony TX55

Portability
93
Imaging
46
Features
33
Overall
40
Nikon Coolpix L32 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55 front
Portability
97
Imaging
39
Features
46
Overall
41

Nikon L32 vs Sony TX55 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
  • Revealed January 2015
Sony TX55
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.5-4.8) lens
  • 109g - 93 x 54 x 13mm
  • Announced July 2011
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Nikon L32 vs Sony TX55 Overview

On this page, we will be evaluating the Nikon L32 vs Sony TX55, both Ultracompact cameras by manufacturers Nikon and Sony. There exists a significant gap among the image resolutions of the L32 (20MP) and TX55 (16MP) but both cameras provide the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The L32 was brought out 3 years later than the TX55 and that is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras have the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before going right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a concise synopsis of how the L32 grades vs the TX55 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L32 over the Sony TX55

 L32 TX55 
AnnouncedJanuary 2015July 2011Fresher by 43 months
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Sony TX55 over the Nikon L32

 TX55 L32 
Manually focus Very precise focusing
Screen dimensions3.3"3"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution1230k230kClearer screen (+1000k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Nikon L32 and Sony TX55

 L32 TX55 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen

Nikon L32 vs Sony TX55 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry your camera, you will want to factor in its weight and proportions. The Nikon L32 enjoys external measurements of 95mm x 60mm x 29mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.1") having a weight of 164 grams (0.36 lbs) and the Sony TX55 has measurements of 93mm x 54mm x 13mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.5") along with a weight of 109 grams (0.24 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are employing at the time. Below is a front view dimension comparison of the L32 vs the TX55.

Nikon L32 vs Sony TX55 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the L32 and TX55 is 93 and 97 respectively.

Nikon L32 vs Sony TX55 top view buttons comparison

Nikon L32 vs Sony TX55 Sensor Comparison

Typically, its hard to envision the difference in sensor sizing simply by checking out specs. The photograph underneath will provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the L32 and TX55.

All in all, both of these cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same megapixels. You should count on the Nikon L32 to show more detail having its extra 4MP. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop shots more aggressively. The more modern L32 is going to have an edge with regard to sensor technology.

Nikon L32 vs Sony TX55 sensor size comparison

Nikon L32 vs Sony TX55 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L32 vs Sony TX55 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L32 Portrait photography factors
Sony TX55 Portrait photography factors
39
MP count decent (20MP)
offers face detect autofocus
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
36
you can focus manually
decent MP (16 megapixels)
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon L32 Street photography information
Sony TX55 Street photography information
56
built in image stabilization (Digital)
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
more heavy than average in class (164g)
58
image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L32 Sports photography highlights
Sony TX55 Sports photography highlights
48
built in image stabilization (Digital)
MP count decent (20MP)
great battery (320 per charge)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
44
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
better than average battery power (250 per charge)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L32 as a Travel photography camera
Sony TX55 as a Travel photography camera
71
great battery (320 CIPA)
MP count decent (20MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
pretty wide (26mm)
no Timelapse function
more heavy than average in class (164g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
69
better than average battery power (250 shots)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (26mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon L32
Landscape photography with Sony TX55
48
pretty wide (26mm)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
MP count decent (20MP)
great battery (320 per charge)
focusing manually not possible
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
lack of manual exposure
small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
no Timelapse function
50
you can focus manually
rather wide (26mm)
screen size is decent (3.3")
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
better than average battery power (250 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not available
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
missing Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon L32 Vlogging factors
Sony TX55 Vlogging factors
66
pretty wide (26mm)
selfie friendly screen
built in image stabilization (Digital)
offers face detect autofocus
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
no microphone port
more heavy than average in class (164 grams)
34
rather wide (26mm)
touch screen
image stabilization (Optical)
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing external mic socket
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Nikon L32 vs Sony TX55 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L32 and Sony TX55
 Nikon Coolpix L32Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55
General Information
Company Nikon Sony
Model Nikon Coolpix L32 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55
Type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Revealed 2015-01-14 2011-07-24
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by - BIONZ
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 5152 x 3864 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 1600 3200
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
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 mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-130mm (5.0x) 26-130mm (5.0x)
Max aperture f/3.2-6.5 f/3.5-4.8
Macro focus range 10cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3.3"
Screen resolution 230k dots 1,230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology - XtraFine OLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting rate - 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 4.30 m 3.70 m
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 1920 x 1080 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
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 164 gr (0.36 pounds) 109 gr (0.24 pounds)
Physical dimensions 95 x 60 x 29mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 1.1") 93 x 54 x 13mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.5")
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 250 photos
Battery type AA Battery Pack
Battery model 2 x AA NP-BN
Self timer Yes (10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal microSD/SDHC, Memory Stick Micro
Card slots 1 1
Launch cost $120 $350