• 1/2.5 inch 24.7mm2
  • 8.0 megapixels
  • 35.00mm - 105.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 3200

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Differences

Nikon L18 advantages over Sony DSLR-A380

  • Less expensive
    $140 vs $849 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Thinner
    29 mm vs 71 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    125g vs 762g
    Lighter weight

Sony DSLR-A380 advantages over Nikon L18

  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.5 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.16 vs 1.76 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 500 vs 370 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    14.2 vs 8.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Higher extended ISO
    3200 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • 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
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • We haven’t finished our review of the Nikon L18, but we have extensive sample photos and a hands-on report.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung S860

Nikon L18
Samsung S860
  • $140
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $179
  • 1/2.5 inch
Sony DSLR-A380
Samsung S860
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $179
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Samsung S760

Nikon L18
Samsung S760
  • $140
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $169
  • 1/2.5 inch
Sony DSLR-A380
Samsung S760
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $169
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic DMC-LS80

Nikon L18
Panasonic DMC-LS80
  • $140
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • $113
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher extended ISO
Sony DSLR-A380
Panasonic DMC-LS80
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $113
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Pentax K-7

Nikon L18
Pentax K-7
  • $140
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony DSLR-A380
Pentax K-7
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $1300
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Sony A33

Nikon L18
Sony A33
  • $140
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony DSLR-A380
Sony A33
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $540
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • External Mic Jack
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