• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 23.00mm - 855.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/3.1 inch 16.5mm2
  • 13.2 megapixels
  • 30.00mm - 90.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon L840 advantages over Nikon S33

  • Larger sensor
    1/2.3 inch vs 1/3.1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.34 vs 1.13 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • More telephoto lens reach
    855 mm vs 90 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 740 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Higher-res screen
    307k vs 77k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 13.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    23 mm vs 30 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.4 fps vs 4.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon S33 advantages over Nikon L840

  • Less expensive
    $155 vs $259
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • Thinner
    37 mm vs 96 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    180g vs 538g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    11 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • 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
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 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
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon L830

Nikon L840
Nikon L830
  • $259
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $244
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Shoots 60p video
Nikon S33
Nikon L830
  • $155
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $244
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Samsung WB1100F

Nikon L840
Samsung WB1100F
  • $259
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • HDMI out
  • $298
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Manual focus
Nikon S33
Samsung WB1100F
  • $155
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Thinner
  • $298
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon S32

Nikon L840
Nikon S32
  • $259
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $97
  • 1/3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Thinner
Nikon S33
Nikon S32
  • $155
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • $97
  • 1/3 inch

Compared to Nikon B500

Nikon L840
Nikon B500
  • $259
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Newer
Nikon S33
Nikon B500
  • $155
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon W100

Nikon L840
Nikon W100
  • $259
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $157
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
Nikon S33
Nikon W100
  • $155
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • $157
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
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