• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 26mm - 130mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/3.1 inch 0.0mm2
  • 13.2 megapixels
  • 30mm - 90mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon L30 advantages over Nikon S32

  • Less expensive
    $87 vs $110
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Larger sensor
    1/2.3 inch vs 1/3.1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • More lens zoom
    5.0x vs 3.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Longer battery life
    320 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Thinner
    29 mm vs 40 mm
    Thinner
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 13.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    26 mm vs 30 mm
    Capture more of the scene

Nikon S32 advantages over Nikon L30

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    11 vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    4.7 fps vs 1.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

User reviews

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon S31

Nikon L30
Nikon S31
  • $88
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $200
  • 1/3 inch
  • Waterproof
Nikon S32
Nikon S31
  • $120
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $200
  • 1/3 inch
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon L28

Nikon L30
Nikon L28
  • $88
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Newer
  • $122
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Higher extended ISO
Nikon S32
Nikon L28
  • $120
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $122
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • More lens zoom

Compared to Fujifilm AX650

Nikon L30
Fujifilm AX650
  • $88
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Newer
  • $89
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Longer exposure
Nikon S32
Fujifilm AX650
  • $120
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $89
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • More lens zoom

Compared to Nikon L32

Nikon L30
Nikon L32
  • $88
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $97
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
Nikon S32
Nikon L32
  • $120
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $97
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • More lens zoom

Compared to Nikon S33

Nikon L30
Nikon S33
  • $88
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $135
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Shoots 1080p video
Nikon S32
Nikon S33
  • $120
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $135
  • 1/3.1 inch
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