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Nikon L610 vs Samsung SL820

Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
33
Overall
37
Nikon Coolpix L610 front
 
Samsung SL820 front
Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
21
Overall
29

Nikon L610 vs Samsung SL820 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
Samsung SL820
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.4-5.8) lens
  • 168g - 95 x 59 x 23mm
  • Revealed February 2009
  • Alternative Name is IT100
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Nikon L610 vs Samsung SL820 Overview

Following is a comprehensive analysis of the Nikon L610 versus Samsung SL820, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by manufacturers Nikon and Samsung. There is a huge difference among the image resolutions of the L610 (16MP) and SL820 (12MP) but both cameras provide the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The L610 was revealed 3 years after the SL820 which is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before we go straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a simple overview of how the L610 matches up vs the SL820 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L610 over the Samsung SL820

 L610 SL820 
RevealedAugust 2012February 2009More modern by 43 months
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung SL820 over the Nikon L610

 SL820 L610 

Common features in the Nikon L610 and Samsung SL820

 L610 SL820 
Manual focus No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen size
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither provides Touch friendly screen

Nikon L610 vs Samsung SL820 Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to carry around your camera, you're going to have to factor its weight and proportions. The Nikon L610 provides outer measurements 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 Samsung SL820 has measurements of 95mm x 59mm x 23mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9") having a weight of 168 grams (0.37 lbs).

Compare the Nikon L610 versus Samsung SL820 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are employing during that time. Following is a front view physical size comparison of the L610 against the SL820.

Nikon L610 vs Samsung SL820 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the L610 and SL820 is 90 and 94 respectively.

Nikon L610 vs Samsung SL820 top view buttons comparison

Nikon L610 vs Samsung SL820 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is difficult to visualize the gap in sensor sizes just by viewing specs. The pic underneath will offer you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the L610 and SL820.

As you can plainly see, both of these cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit different resolution. You should expect the Nikon L610 to render extra detail because of its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop photographs a good deal more aggressively. The newer L610 provides an edge in sensor innovation.

Nikon L610 vs Samsung SL820 sensor size comparison

Nikon L610 vs Samsung SL820 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L610 vs Samsung SL820 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L610 as a Portrait photography camera
Samsung SL820 as a Portrait photography camera
30
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
26
features face detect focusing
no manual focus
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon L610 as a Street photography camera
Samsung SL820 as a Street photography camera
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (240 grams)
screen does not articulate
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
47
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L610 Sports photography details
Samsung SL820 Sports photography details
45
amazing zoom range (25-350mm 14.0 x zoom)
great max shutter speed (1/6,000s)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
not so great battery pack (120 CIPA)
no phase detect autofocus
17
lack of shutter priority mode
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L610 as a Travel photography camera
Samsung SL820 as a Travel photography camera
66
lighter than competition in class (240g)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
really wide (25mm)
great zoom (350mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
not so great battery pack (120 CIPA)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
57
flash built-in
relatively wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse recording
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L610 Landscape photography features
Samsung SL820 Landscape photography features
41
really wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
manual mode not available
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
not so great battery pack (120 CIPA)
lack of Timelapse mode
32
relatively wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.4)
manual mode not available
does not have image stabilization
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon L610 as a Vlogging camera
Samsung SL820 as a Vlogging camera
33
really wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (240g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of microphone support
28
relatively wide (28mm)
features face detect focusing
sluggish max aperture (f3.4)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
no mic port
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Nikon L610 vs Samsung SL820 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L610 and Samsung SL820
 Nikon Coolpix L610Samsung SL820
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Samsung
Model type Nikon Coolpix L610 Samsung SL820
Also referred to as - IT100
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Revealed 2012-08-09 2009-02-17
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
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 1600
Lowest native ISO 125 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-350mm (14.0x) 28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.4-5.8
Macro focusing range 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 460 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology TFT LCD with anti-reflection coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 seconds 8 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/6000 seconds 1/1500 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance - 4.50 m
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Auto & Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Fill-in Flash, Flash Off, Red-Eye Fix
External flash
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 1920 x 1080 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic 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
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 240g (0.53 pounds) 168g (0.37 pounds)
Physical dimensions 108 x 69 x 34mm (4.3" x 2.7" x 1.3") 95 x 59 x 23mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.9")
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 photographs -
Form of battery AA -
Battery ID 2 x AA SLB-10A
Self timer - Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, Internal
Storage slots One One
Cost at launch $150 $280