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Nikon L840 vs Samsung WB850F

Portability
67
Imaging
41
Features
48
Overall
43
Nikon Coolpix L840 front
 
Samsung WB850F front
Portability
91
Imaging
39
Features
51
Overall
43

Nikon L840 vs Samsung WB850F Key Specs

Nikon L840
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-855mm (F3.0-6.5) lens
  • 538g - 114 x 89 x 96mm
  • Revealed February 2015
  • Old Model is Nikon L830
Samsung WB850F
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 23-483mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 250g - 109 x 62 x 25mm
  • Announced January 2012
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Nikon L840 vs Samsung WB850F Overview

Below, we are reviewing the Nikon L840 and Samsung WB850F, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by rivals Nikon and Samsung. The resolution of the L840 (16MP) and the WB850F (16MP) is fairly close and they come with the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The L840 was launched 3 years after the WB850F which is a fairly big difference as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras come with different body type with the Nikon L840 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Samsung WB850F being a Compact camera.

Before diving through a complete comparison, below is a quick synopsis of how the L840 grades vs the WB850F in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L840 over the Samsung WB850F

 L840 WB850F 
AnnouncedFebruary 2015January 2012More modern by 38 months
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display resolution921k614kSharper display (+307k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung WB850F over the Nikon L840

 WB850F L840 
Focus manually More exact focusing

Common features in the Nikon L840 and Samsung WB850F

 L840 WB850F 
Display dimension3"3"Identical display dimensions
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lack of Touch friendly display

Nikon L840 vs Samsung WB850F Physical Comparison

For anybody who is planning to carry around your camera, you are going to need to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Nikon L840 features outer measurements of 114mm x 89mm x 96mm (4.5" x 3.5" x 3.8") accompanied by a weight of 538 grams (1.19 lbs) and the Samsung WB850F has dimensions of 109mm x 62mm x 25mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.0") along with a weight of 250 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you choose at that time. Following is the front view dimensions comparison of the L840 and the WB850F.

Nikon L840 vs Samsung WB850F size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the L840 and WB850F is 67 and 91 respectively.

Nikon L840 vs Samsung WB850F top view buttons comparison

Nikon L840 vs Samsung WB850F Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is difficult to picture the gap in sensor sizes just by viewing specs. The image underneath may offer you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the L840 and WB850F.

As you can plainly see, both of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements and the same resolution so you can expect comparable quality of pictures though you should really take the age of the cameras into account. The younger L840 should have an edge in sensor tech.

Nikon L840 vs Samsung WB850F sensor size comparison

Nikon L840 vs Samsung WB850F Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L840 vs Samsung WB850F Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon L840
Portrait photography with Samsung WB850F
36
megapixel count good (16MP)
has face detect autofocus
no manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
43
you can focus manually
good resolution (16MP)
has face detect autofocus
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon L840 Street photography features
Samsung WB850F Street photography features
51
tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
heavier than competition in class (538g)
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (250g)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L840 Sports photography details
Samsung WB850F Sports photography details
51
amazing zoom range (23-855mm 37.2 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
has tracking focus
better than average battery (590 shots)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
52
excellent zoom range (23-483mm 21.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
has tracking focus
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L840 Travel photography details
Samsung WB850F Travel photography details
57
better than average battery (590 shots)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
decently wide (23mm)
long zoom (855mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition in class (538g)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
69
lighter than competitors in class (250g)
good resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (23mm)
great zoom (483mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L840 Landscape photography highlights
Samsung WB850F Landscape photography highlights
43
decently wide (23mm)
good sized screen (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
better than average battery (590 per charge)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
no manual control
small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
missing Time Lapse recording
49
you can focus manually
relatively wide (23mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
missing Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon L840 Vlogging features
Samsung WB850F Vlogging features
27
decently wide (23mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish max aperture (f3.0)
display isn't selfie friendly
missing mic port
heavier than competition in class (538 grams)
34
relatively wide (23mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors in class (250 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
missing mic socket
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Nikon L840 vs Samsung WB850F Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L840 and Samsung WB850F
 Nikon Coolpix L840Samsung WB850F
General Information
Make Nikon Samsung
Model Nikon Coolpix L840 Samsung WB850F
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2015-02-10 2012-01-09
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 6400 3200
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 23-855mm (37.2x) 23-483mm (21.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.0-6.5 f/2.8-5.9
Macro focus distance 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Tilting Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of display 921k dots 614k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology - AMOLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 secs 8 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 7.4 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.90 m (at Auto ISO) 3.50 m
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
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 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p) 1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 480fps (176 x 128), 240fps (384 x 288)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 538 grams (1.19 pounds) 250 grams (0.55 pounds)
Dimensions 114 x 89 x 96mm (4.5" x 3.5" x 3.8") 109 x 62 x 25mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 1.0")
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 590 photographs -
Form of battery AA -
Battery model - SLB-10A
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SC/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots 1 1
Price at launch $400 $599