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Nikon L610 vs Nikon L820

Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
33
Overall
37
Nikon Coolpix L610 front
 
Nikon Coolpix L820 front
Portability
72
Imaging
40
Features
28
Overall
35

Nikon L610 vs Nikon L820 Key Specs

Nikon L610
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-350mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 240g - 108 x 69 x 34mm
  • Announced August 2012
Nikon L820
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-675mm (F3.0-5.8) lens
  • 470g - 111 x 76 x 85mm
  • Revealed January 2013
  • Older Model is Nikon L810
  • Successor is Nikon L830
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Nikon L610 vs Nikon L820 Overview

Let's look more closely at the Nikon L610 and Nikon L820, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and both of them are produced by Nikon. The resolution of the L610 (16MP) and the L820 (16MP) is fairly well matched and they enjoy the same exact sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The L610 was announced 5 months earlier than the L820 which means that they are both of a similar age. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Nikon L610 being a Compact camera and the Nikon L820 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before delving in to a more detailed comparison, below is a concise summary of how the L610 grades against the L820 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L610 over the Nikon L820

 L610 L820 

Reasons to pick Nikon L820 over the Nikon L610

 L820 L610 
Display resolution921k460kClearer display (+461k dot)

Common features in the Nikon L610 and Nikon L820

 L610 L820 
RevealedAugust 2012January 2013Similar age
Manually focus Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display sizing
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen
Touch display Neither features Touch display

Nikon L610 vs Nikon L820 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to carry your camera frequently, you are going to need to factor its weight and size. The Nikon L610 enjoys physical measurements of 108mm x 69mm x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3") having a weight of 240 grams (0.53 lbs) and the Nikon L820 has specifications of 111mm x 76mm x 85mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 3.3") and a weight of 470 grams (1.04 lbs).

See the Nikon L610 and Nikon L820 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you choose at that moment. Below is the front view physical size comparison of the L610 versus the L820.

Nikon L610 vs Nikon L820 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the L610 and L820 is 90 and 72 respectively.

Nikon L610 vs Nikon L820 top view buttons comparison

Nikon L610 vs Nikon L820 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is hard to imagine the gap between sensor sizing only by checking technical specs. The graphic underneath will offer you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the L610 and L820.

As you can tell, each of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the exact same megapixels therefore you can expect similar quality of photos but you will want to take the launch date of the products into consideration.

Nikon L610 vs Nikon L820 sensor size comparison

Nikon L610 vs Nikon L820 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L610 vs Nikon L820 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L610 Portrait photography factors
Nikon L820 Portrait photography factors
30
megapixel count good (16MP)
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
cannot use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
30
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
lack of manual focus
lack of manual exposure
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon L610 Street photography factors
Nikon L820 Street photography factors
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (240 grams)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
38
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
heavier than others (470 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L610 Sports photography highlights
Nikon L820 Sports photography highlights
45
excellent zoom range (25-350mm 14.0 x zoom)
max shutter speed is good (1/6,000s)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery life (120 per charge)
no phase detect AF
36
amazing zoom range (23-675mm 29.3 x zoom)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
no shutter priority mode
lack of image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L610 Travel photography information
Nikon L820 Travel photography information
66
lighter than average in class (240 grams)
megapixel count good (16MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
great reach (350mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
bad battery life (120 per charge)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
56
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
pretty wide (23mm)
great zoom (675mm)
no Time Lapse recording
heavier than others (470 grams)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L610 as a Landscape photography camera
Nikon L820 as a Landscape photography camera
41
relatively wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
lack of manual mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW format
bad battery life (120 CIPA)
does not have Time Lapse mode
36
pretty wide (23mm)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
lack of manual exposure
lack of image stabilization
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon L610
Vlogging with Nikon L820
33
relatively wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than average in class (240g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have mic support
24
pretty wide (23mm)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
no mic jack
heavier than others (470g)
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Nikon L610 vs Nikon L820 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L610 and Nikon L820
 Nikon Coolpix L610Nikon Coolpix L820
General Information
Company Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon Coolpix L610 Nikon Coolpix L820
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2012-08-09 2013-01-29
Body design Compact SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.16 x 4.62mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.5mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Lowest native ISO 125 125
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-350mm (14.0x) 23-675mm (29.3x)
Maximal aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.0-5.8
Macro focus distance 1cm -
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen technology TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 seconds 4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/6000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed - 8.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format H.264 -
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 240 gr (0.53 lbs) 470 gr (1.04 lbs)
Dimensions 108 x 69 x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3") 111 x 76 x 85mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 3.3")
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 120 photos 320 photos
Battery format AA AA
Battery model 2 x AA 4 x AA
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Launch pricing $150 $192