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Nikon L610 vs Nikon S640

Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
33
Overall
37
Nikon Coolpix L610 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S640 front
Portability
96
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30

Nikon L610 vs Nikon S640 Key Specs

Nikon L610
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • 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 S640
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F2.7-6.6) lens
  • 130g - 91 x 55 x 21mm
  • Released August 2009
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Nikon L610 vs Nikon S640 Overview

Below, we are comparing the Nikon L610 vs Nikon S640, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Small Sensor Compact and both of them are manufactured by Nikon. There exists a significant gap among the image resolutions of the L610 (16MP) and S640 (12MP) but they possess the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The L610 was introduced 3 years after the S640 which is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving through a full comparison, below is a short synopsis of how the L610 grades versus the S640 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L610 over the Nikon S640

 L610 S640 
ReleasedAugust 2012August 2009Newer by 37 months
Display dimension3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kSharper display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Nikon S640 over the Nikon L610

 S640 L610 

Common features in the Nikon L610 and Nikon S640

 L610 S640 
Manual focus No manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch display Neither has Touch display

Nikon L610 vs Nikon S640 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to travel with your camera often, you'll have to factor in its weight and measurements. The Nikon L610 has physical dimensions of 108mm x 69mm x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3") and a weight of 240 grams (0.53 lbs) while the Nikon S640 has proportions of 91mm x 55mm x 21mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.8") with a weight of 130 grams (0.29 lbs).

Take a look at the Nikon L610 vs Nikon S640 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are utilizing during that time. The following is the front view dimension comparison of the L610 vs the S640.

Nikon L610 vs Nikon S640 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the L610 and S640 is 90 and 96 respectively.

Nikon L610 vs Nikon S640 top view buttons comparison

Nikon L610 vs Nikon S640 Sensor Comparison

Normally, its tough to visualize the contrast in sensor dimensions just by going through technical specs. The image underneath will help give you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the L610 and S640.

As you have seen, both of the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but different resolution. You should expect to see the Nikon L610 to provide more detail using its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop pics somewhat more aggressively. The younger L610 provides a benefit in sensor innovation.

Nikon L610 vs Nikon S640 sensor size comparison

Nikon L610 vs Nikon S640 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L610 vs Nikon S640 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L610 Portrait photography advice
Nikon S640 Portrait photography advice
30
good resolution (16MP)
lack of manual focus
no manual mode
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
21
manual focus not available
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
low MP (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon L610 Street photography info
Nikon S640 Street photography info
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (240g)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (130g)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L610 Sports photography advice
Nikon S640 Sports photography advice
45
incredible zoom range (25-350mm 14.0 x zoom)
max shutter speed is good (1/6,000s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16MP)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery life (120 shots)
has no phase detect auto focus
34
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lack of shutter priority mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L610 as a Travel photography camera
Nikon S640 as a Travel photography camera
66
lighter than competition (240g)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
great reach (350mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
terrible battery life (120 CIPA)
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.3)
62
lighter than others (130g)
has built in flash
fairly wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
low MP (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L610 as a Landscape photography camera
Nikon S640 as a Landscape photography camera
41
relatively wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
no manual mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
terrible battery life (120 shots)
lack of Time Lapse mode
32
fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
manual mode not available
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon L610 Vlogging factors
Nikon S640 Vlogging factors
33
relatively wide (25mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (240 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
lack of mic port
31
fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (130g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.7)
display is not selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external mic socket
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Nikon L610 vs Nikon S640 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L610 and Nikon S640
 Nikon Coolpix L610Nikon Coolpix S640
General Information
Brand Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix L610 Nikon Coolpix S640
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2012-08-09 2009-08-04
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip - Expeed
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 3200 6400
Minimum native ISO 125 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-350mm (14.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/2.7-6.6
Macro focusing range 1cm 2cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 2.7"
Display resolution 460 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display technology TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/6000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 240g (0.53 lbs) 130g (0.29 lbs)
Dimensions 108 x 69 x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3") 91 x 55 x 21mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 120 photos -
Battery type AA -
Battery ID 2 x AA EN-EL12
Self timer - Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
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