Nikon L31

Nikon Coolpix L31 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.2-6.5) lens
  • 160g - 96 x 59 x 29mm
  • Released January 2015
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon L31 summary

Nikon L31 is Nikon's Ultracompact camera originally announced on January of 2015. It includes a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.

The L31 is rated #37 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras & over-all #901 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. Please check our Advanced camera search to get camera results based on your personalized factors.

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Here is a graph of various factors used in the rating system.

Nikon L31 family

The Nikon L31 is part of a family of cameras. You can read the complete range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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Nikon L31 Pros and Cons

Below is a collection of benefits and drawbacks of the Nikon L31 based on factors which are usually regarded as necessary in a camera.

above average minimum ISO (80)
built-in flash
decently wide (26mm)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
good zoom range (26-130mm 5.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Digital)
screen is selfie friendly
supports face detection autofocus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
has no phase detect autofocus
has no RAW format
lack of aperture priority mode
manual exposure not possible
max zoom aperture not good (f6.5)
more heavy than competitors (160g)
no external flash support
no external microphone socket
no HDMI socket
no headphone socket
no manual focus
no shutter priority
no Timelapse function
pixelated screen (230 thousand dots)
screen does not articulate
screen is small (2.7 inch)
small sensor (1/2.3")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
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Nikon L31 Sensor info

The sensor measurement on the Nikon L31 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Digital). Sensor stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter might produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and features a native ISO range of 80 to 1600. Sadly, RAW files are not supported which means that the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath illustrates the L31's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The L31 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon L31 dimensions

Nikon L31 is 0.35 pounds (160 grams / 5.64 oz) & the volume of the camera is 96mm x 59mm x 29mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 1.1"). The weight of average Ultracompact camera is 121 grams and the Nikon L31 is heavier in comparison with other rivals.

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Here is a shot of the Nikon L31 with a softdrink so you can get a sense of its scale.

Nikon Coolpix L31 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button design on the L31.

Nikon Coolpix L31 topview buttons dials

Nikon L31 Lens info

The L31 houses a built-in lens and it has a focal range of 26-130mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which won't be outstanding however it will be very helpful in certain circumstances.

At the widest 26mm, it comes with an aperture of f3.2 which will be very slow and not the best for low light situations and you will likely find it hard to get good bokeh. You might also need to boost the ISO giving you noisy photographs. Towards the tele end, 130mm comes with f6.5 which is quite slow and you would need to set slow shutter speeds.

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Nikon L31 Connectivity

The L31 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that include NFC or Bluetooth connectivity are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to copy photos and oftentimes change settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Several applications even stream a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external display. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack with the USB socket.

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Nikon L31 Video info

The highest possible video resolution on the Nikon L31 is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in Motion JPEG format. 720p is awful for today's requirements. You really should shoot for a minimum 1080p resolution for video recording. The camera does not offer a microphone or headphone socket which means you have little control over the audio. It is perhaps a better idea to shop for a different model if you require better audio for your video clips.

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Nikon L31 Weather Sealing

There is no environment sealing on the Nikon L31 so you need to be careful in wet and dusty situations.

Nikon L31 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon L31 includes a 2.7 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

It includes a selfie friendly display for self portraits as well as group photos if necessary. Sadly the screen is not a touch screen.

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The View Finder specs for Nikon L31 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and hard to see, viewfinders will be rather useful.

Nikon L31 Shutter info

The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Nikon L31 Flash and Hot shoe info

Nikon L31 comes with only built in flash lacking external flash support.

Nikon L31 Autofocusing info

Nikon L31 comes with just Contrast Detect AF & is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier & exact in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera includes Face detect which is helpful for portrait photography.

Nikon L31 has no manual focus. Manual focus can be useful in low light situations or you need to have more exact depth of field control.

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Nikon L31 Battery life

The battery life (2 x AA) on the Nikon L31 is made to last for 200 photos as per the CIPA standards making it similar to it's competitors. The average Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 offers the best (320) battery life in this type of cameras.

Below is a listing of Ultracompact cameras with the strongest battery life:

Nikon L31 for various types of photography

The following bar chart gives a outline of the Nikon L31 for various types of photography. To look at more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Nikon L31 Portrait photography details

The Nikon L31 gets a score of 36 which is bad, and means the camera is simply not good to use for portrait photos. Taking portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW photos together with the ability to work with external lighting.

Photography Glossary
good megapixels (16MP)
comes with face detection focusing
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support

Nikon L31 Street photography features

Having a decent points total of 56, the Nikon L31 is somewhat adequate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of image quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Digital)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
heavier than others (160 grams)

Sports photography with Nikon L31

A bad sports photography score of 40 suggests the Nikon L31 is simply not good for taking photos of sports. A camera must have fantastic autofocus plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Digital)
decent MP (16MP)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus

Nikon L31 Travel photography information

Size is super crucial in selecting a camera for travel. In general, the Nikon L31 gets a very good 68 for a travelling camera which makes it a respectable pick for your trips.

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decent sensor resolution (16MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
pretty wide (26mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition (160g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)

Nikon L31 Landscape photography info

For anybody who is planning to buy a digital camera for landscape photos, the most critical factor will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon L31 and it's bad grade of 39 as a landscape camera is simply not good in the current marketplace.

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really wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
decent megapixels (16MP)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
screen is small (2.7 inches)
manual mode not available
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse recording

Nikon L31 Vlogging info

A vlogging camera should posses a moving screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Considering every thing, the Nikon L31 is a good pick as a vlog camera as it delivers a very good rating of 65.

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pretty wide (26mm)
selfie friendly display
built in image stabilization (Digital)
provides face detection focusing
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external microphone support
more heavy than average in class (160g)

Nikon L31 Alternatives

If you need replacements to the L31, below is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall within the class of Ultracompact.

The chart down below will give you a summary of the L31 compared to it's top scored rivals suggested earlier.

Following are additional cameras you might take a look at as alternatives. To read through a thorough comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon Coolpix L31
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
26-130mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture
Macro focus distance
Crop factor
Type of display
Fixed Type
Display sizing
2.7 inch
Resolution of display
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
3.60 m
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720
Highest video resolution
Video format
Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
160 gr (0.35 lbs)
96 x 59 x 29mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 1.1")
Battery life
200 pictures
Battery type
Battery model
2 x AA
Self timer
Yes (10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots
Retail price