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Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZR1

Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
33
Overall
37
Nikon Coolpix L610 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 front
Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
17
Overall
27

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZR1 Key Specs

Nikon L610
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/6000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-350mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 240g - 108 x 69 x 34mm
  • Revealed August 2012
Panasonic ZR1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-200mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 158g - 98 x 55 x 26mm
  • Revealed July 2009
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-ZX1
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Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZR1 Overview

Here is a thorough analysis of the Nikon L610 versus Panasonic ZR1, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Small Sensor Compact by competitors Nikon and Panasonic. There is a huge difference among the image resolutions of the L610 (16MP) and ZR1 (12MP) but both cameras boast the same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The L610 was manufactured 3 years later than the ZR1 and that is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before getting right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a short synopsis of how the L610 grades versus the ZR1 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L610 over the Panasonic ZR1

 L610 ZR1 
RevealedAugust 2012July 2009Fresher by 37 months
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kClearer display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZR1 over the Nikon L610

 ZR1 L610 

Common features in the Nikon L610 and Panasonic ZR1

 L610 ZR1 
Manual focus Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lack of Touch friendly display

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZR1 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to carry your camera regularly, you will want to think about its weight and size. The Nikon L610 has physical measurements of 108mm x 69mm x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 240 grams (0.53 lbs) and the Panasonic ZR1 has specifications of 98mm x 55mm x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") and a weight of 158 grams (0.35 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you are utilising at that time. The following is a front view overall size comparison of the L610 and the ZR1.

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZR1 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the L610 and ZR1 is 90 and 94 respectively.

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZR1 top view buttons comparison

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZR1 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very hard to see the gap in sensor sizing purely by seeing a spec sheet. The visual below will help give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the L610 and ZR1.

As you can see, the 2 cameras have the same sensor dimensions but not the same resolution. You should expect to see the Nikon L610 to show extra detail due to its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop photos a bit more aggressively. The younger L610 is going to have a benefit with regard to sensor innovation.

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZR1 sensor size comparison

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZR1 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZR1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L610 Portrait photography information
Panasonic ZR1 Portrait photography information
30
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
21
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
external flash not possible
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon L610 Street photography information
Panasonic ZR1 Street photography information
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others in class (240g)
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
56
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon L610
Sports photography with Panasonic ZR1
45
incredible zoom range (25-350mm 14.0 x zoom)
maximum shutter speed is high (1/6,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
not so great battery pack (120 CIPA)
lacks phase detect auto focus
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow frames per second (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L610 Travel photography details
Panasonic ZR1 Travel photography details
66
lighter than others in class (240g)
megapixel count good (16MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (25mm)
very long zoom (350mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
not so great battery pack (120 per charge)
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
57
flash built-in
relatively wide (25mm)
missing Timelapse mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon L610
Landscape photography with Panasonic ZR1
41
decently wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
manual exposure not available
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
not so great battery pack (120 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
32
relatively wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7")
no manual control
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon L610
Vlogging with Panasonic ZR1
33
decently wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than others in class (240 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have microphone support
28
relatively wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing microphone port
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Nikon L610 vs Panasonic ZR1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L610 and Panasonic ZR1
 Nikon Coolpix L610Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1
General Information
Brand Nikon Panasonic
Model type Nikon Coolpix L610 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1
Also Known as - Lumix DMC-ZX1
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2012-08-09 2009-07-27
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Venus Engine V
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 3200 6400
Minimum native ISO 125 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points - 11
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-350mm (14.0x) 25-200mm (8.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing distance 1cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 2.7 inches
Display resolution 460k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 seconds 60 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/6000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed - 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance - 5.10 m
Flash options - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 240 grams (0.53 lbs) 158 grams (0.35 lbs)
Physical dimensions 108 x 69 x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3") 98 x 55 x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 photographs -
Type of battery AA -
Battery ID 2 x AA -
Self timer - Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC card, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Retail pricing $150 $280