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Nikon L840 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G

Portability
67
Imaging
41
Features
48
Overall
43
Nikon Coolpix L840 front
 
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G front
Portability
90
Imaging
40
Features
44
Overall
41

Nikon L840 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Key Specs

Nikon L840
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-855mm (F3.0-6.5) lens
  • 538g - 114 x 89 x 96mm
  • Released February 2015
  • Earlier Model is Nikon L830
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 4.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-481mm (F) lens
  • 305g - 129 x 71 x 19mm
  • Launched August 2012
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Nikon L840 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Overview

Let's look a little more closely at the Nikon L840 and Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by companies Nikon and Samsung. The sensor resolution of the L840 (16MP) and the Galaxy Camera 3G (16MP) is very well matched and they possess the same exact sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The L840 was launched 2 years later than the Galaxy Camera 3G and that is quite a big gap as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Nikon L840 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G being a Compact camera.

Before diving straight into a complete comparison, below is a brief introduction of how the L840 grades versus the Galaxy Camera 3G in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L840 over the Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G

 L840 Galaxy Camera 3G 
LaunchedFebruary 2015August 2012Fresher by 30 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution921k0kCrisper display (+921k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G over the Nikon L840

 Galaxy Camera 3G L840 
Display sizing4.8"3"Larger display (+1.8")
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Nikon L840 and Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G

 L840 Galaxy Camera 3G 
Manual focus No manual focusing
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen

Nikon L840 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Physical Comparison

When you are looking to carry your camera regularly, you will want to consider its weight and dimensions. The Nikon L840 has outside measurements of 114mm x 89mm x 96mm (4.5" x 3.5" x 3.8") and a weight of 538 grams (1.19 lbs) and the Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G has dimensions of 129mm x 71mm x 19mm (5.1" x 2.8" x 0.7") having a weight of 305 grams (0.67 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you use during that time. The following is the front view scale comparison of the L840 compared to the Galaxy Camera 3G.

Nikon L840 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the L840 and Galaxy Camera 3G is 67 and 90 respectively.

Nikon L840 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G top view buttons comparison

Nikon L840 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be difficult to visualise the difference between sensor sizing just by reading through a spec sheet. The graphic below may offer you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the L840 and Galaxy Camera 3G.

As you can see, each of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the same megapixels and you should expect similar quality of photos though you need to factor the release date of the products into consideration. The younger L840 is going to have an edge in sensor innovation.

Nikon L840 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G sensor size comparison

Nikon L840 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L840 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L840 as a Portrait photography camera
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G as a Portrait photography camera
36
decent megapixels (16MP)
provides face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
30
decent MP (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon L840
Street photography with Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
51
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
more heavy than competition in class (538 grams)
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (305 grams)
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L840 as a Sports photography camera
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G as a Sports photography camera
51
excellent zoom range (23-855mm 37.2 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
provides tracking focus
good battery power (590 per charge)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
45
excellent zoom range (23-481mm 20.9 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L840 Travel photography highlights
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Travel photography highlights
57
good battery power (590 per charge)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
really wide (23mm)
very long zoom (855mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition in class (538 grams)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
72
lighter than competition in class (305 grams)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
reasonably wide (23mm)
very long reach (481mm)
great max aperture (f)
lack of Timelapse mode
does not have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L840 as a Landscape photography camera
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G as a Landscape photography camera
43
really wide (23mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
good battery power (590 shots)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
no manual exposure
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
does not have Timelapse mode
47
reasonably wide (23mm)
great max aperture (f)
big screen (4.8 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
manual mode not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
lack of Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon L840 Vlogging information
Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Vlogging information
27
really wide (23mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
does not have microphone jack
more heavy than competition in class (538 grams)
37
reasonably wide (23mm)
great max aperture (f)
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Optical)
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (305g)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
lack of external microphone support
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Nikon L840 vs Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L840 and Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
 Nikon Coolpix L840Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
General Information
Company Nikon Samsung
Model type Nikon Coolpix L840 Samsung Galaxy Camera 3G
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2015-02-10 2012-08-29
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - 1.4GHz Quad-Core
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 -
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 -
Maximum native ISO 6400 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 23-855mm (37.2x) 23-481mm (20.9x)
Highest aperture f/3.0-6.5 -
Macro focusing range 1cm -
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 4.8 inches
Screen resolution 921k dots 0k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech - 308 ppi, HD Super Clear Touch Display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 seconds -
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds -
Continuous shutter rate 7.4 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 6.90 m (at Auto ISO) no built-in flash
Flash modes - no built-in flash
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p) 1920 x 1080
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) none
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 538g (1.19 lbs) 305g (0.67 lbs)
Dimensions 114 x 89 x 96mm (4.5" x 3.5" x 3.8") 129 x 71 x 19mm (5.1" x 2.8" x 0.7")
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 590 photos -
Type of battery AA -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) -
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SC/SDHC/SDXC micro SD/micro SDHC/micro SDXC
Card slots One One
Launch price $400 $606