Nikon Coolpix L31 Review

Overall 41
Imaging 5
Features 24
Size 88
Price 0

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensor
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 2.7″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1280 x 720
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 96 x 59 x 29 mm
  • Weight: 160 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No

Nikon Coolpix L31 Summary

This review is devoted to Coolpix L31 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Jan 14, 2015. This model is a Ultracompact camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Ultracompact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #370 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 41/100 and it takes a rank of #830 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Nikon Coolpix L31 Compared to other Compact Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon Coolpix L31 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Weight: 137 g

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Max Native Iso: 1600
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Nikon Coolpix L31 With Other Cameras in Ultracompact Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon Coolpix L31. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Ultracompact cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon Coolpix L31

Nikon Coolpix L31 has the following external dimensions 96 x 96 x 29 mm (37.8 x 23.23 x 11.42″) with the weight of 160 g.

The typical weight for average Ultracompact type cameras is 137g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Nikon Coolpix L31, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon Coolpix L31 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 29mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon Coolpix L31 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon Coolpix L31 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon Coolpix L31 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Nikon Coolpix L31 — 200 shots
Min: 150 shots
Average: 214 shots
Max: 320 shots

Thickness

Nikon Coolpix L31 — 29 mm
Min: 13 mm
Average: 20 mm
Max: 33 mm

Weight

Nikon Coolpix L31 — 160 g
Min: 87 g
Average: 137 g
Max: 221 g

Unfortunately, Nikon Coolpix L31 comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Nikon Coolpix L31 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Nikon Coolpix L31 Photo and Sensor Features

Nikon Coolpix L31 boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Nikon Coolpix L31 has the following ISO range 80 - 1600 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Nikon Coolpix L31. However, if you are looking specifically for a Ultracompact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Nikon Coolpix L31 features a 16.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Nikon Coolpix L31 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Nikon Coolpix L31 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon Coolpix L31

LCD and ViewFinder

Nikon Coolpix L31 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.7" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Nikon Coolpix L31 are its fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Coolpix L31 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, Coolpix L31 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon Coolpix L31, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon Coolpix L31 allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.

Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.

Nikon Coolpix L31 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Coolpix L31 to compatible devices via USB 2.0 port.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon Coolpix L31 provides a shooting life of 200, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 214 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Nikon Coolpix L31 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Nikon Coolpix L31 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon Coolpix L31’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon Coolpix L31’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Coolpix L31 to the average Compact camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Nikon Coolpix L31 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix L31 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 24. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix L31 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • You might not like Nikon skintone

Nikon Coolpix L31 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix L31 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 31. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix L31 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (96 x 59 x 29 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Nikon Coolpix L31 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix L31 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 43. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix L31 can be called a 43 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting ( fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)
  • Small battery life (200 shots)
  • Small size (96 x 59 x 29 mm)

Nikon Coolpix L31 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix L31 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 36. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix L31 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (160 g)
  • Small size (96 x 59 x 29 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Nikon Coolpix L31 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix L31 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 42. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix L31 can be called a 42 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (1600)

Nikon Coolpix L31 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model Coolpix L31
Announced Jan 14, 2015
Body Type Ultracompact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 10
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.7″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 4 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 3.6
Flash Modes
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4608 x 3456
Max Native ISO 1,600
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective No
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1280 x 720
Max Video Resolution 1280 x 720
Video Formats Motion JPEG
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI No
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 160 g
Physical Dimensions 96 x 59 x 29 mm
Battery Life 200 shots
Battery Type 200 shots
Battery Model 2 x AA
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage Slots 1

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