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Canon IXUS 160 vs Nikon Coolpix L31

Canon IXUS 160 vs Nikon Coolpix L31

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Canon IXUS 160
Nikon Coolpix L31

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Reasons For

9 Reasons For
20% higher megapixel Edit
The Canon IXUS 160 is a 20MP digital camera. That's 3.9MP higher than the Nikon Coolpix L31 (16.1MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Image stabilizer Edit
The Canon IXUS 160 has an image stabilizer, but the Nikon Coolpix L31 does not. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Canon IXUS 160 is an 8x optical zoom digital camera. That's 3x bigger than the Nikon Coolpix L31 (5x). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Smaller maximum aperture number Edit
The Canon IXUS 160 has a maximum aperture number of 6.9. That's 0.4 smaller than the Nikon Coolpix L31 (6.5).
94mm longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Canon IXUS 160 is a 224mm maximum focal length digital camera, whereas the Nikon Coolpix L31 is only a 130mm maximum focal length digital camera (94mm shorter).
220.00 battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The Canon IXUS 160 is a digital camera that takes 220.00 battery life (CIPA standard), whereas the Nikon Coolpix L31 only takes 200.00 battery life (CIPA standard). Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

5 shops are selling it
The more shops stock the product, the greater competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
Better selling
The Canon IXUS 160 ranks No. 33009 by number of sales, but the Nikon Coolpix L31 ranks No. 36943.
Better expert reviews
The average expert review score of the Canon IXUS 160 is 69%, but the average rating of the Nikon Coolpix L31 is 60% (based on 2 reviews).
3 Reasons For
Shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Nikon Coolpix L31 is 26mm minimum focal length. That's 2mm shorter than the Canon IXUS 160 (26mm).
Cheaper by £67
The Nikon Coolpix L31 costs £40.00, whereas the Canon IXUS 160 is £106.99.
Moderately better user reviews
The average user review score of the Nikon Coolpix L31 is 84%, but the average rating of the Canon IXUS 160 is 80% (based on 63 reviews).

Reasons Against

4 Reasons Against
Longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Canon IXUS 160 is 28mm minimum focal length. That's 2mm longer than the Nikon Coolpix L31 (26mm).
More expensive by £67
The Canon IXUS 160 is £66.99 more expensive than the Nikon Coolpix L31.
Older by four months
The Canon IXUS 160 is four months older than the Nikon Coolpix L31.
User review Rating is a bit Worse
The Canon IXUS 160 has an average user score of 80%, but the Nikon Coolpix L31 has an average user rating of 84% (based on 124 reviews).
8 Reasons Against
25% lower megapixel Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L31 is a 16.1MP digital camera. That's 3.9MP lower than the Canon IXUS 160 (16.1MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Smaller optical zoom Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L31 is a 5x optical zoom digital camera. That's 3x smaller than the Canon IXUS 160 (5x). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Bigger maximum aperture number Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L31 has a maximum aperture number of 6.5. That's 0.4 bigger than the Canon IXUS 160 (6.5).
94mm shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L31 is a 130mm maximum focal length digital camera, whereas the Canon IXUS 160 is a 224mm maximum focal length digital camera (94mm longer).
Only 200.00 battery life (CIPA standard) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix L31 is a digital camera that takes 200.00 battery life (CIPA standard), whereas the Canon IXUS 160 only takes 220.00 battery life (CIPA standard). Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Not as many stockists
The Nikon Coolpix L31 is only stocked by 3 shops, however the Canon IXUS 160 is stocked by 8 sellers. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.
Less popular
The Nikon Coolpix L31 is a less popular choice amongst buyers. It ranks No. 36943 by number of sales in our digital cameras, but the Canon IXUS 160 ranks No. 33009.
Expert review Rating is Worse
The Nikon Coolpix L31 only has an average expert score of 60%, but the Canon IXUS 160 has an average expert rating of 69% (based on 3 reviews).

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

21 months Ago 17 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel
20MP
BEST
16.1MP
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
BEST
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CCD
 CCD
Still Image Resolution(s)
 5152 x 3864
 3648 x 2736
 2048 x 1536
 640 x 480
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2448
 2272 x 1704
 1600 x 1200
BEST
 5152 x 3864
 3648 x 2736
 2048 x 1536
 640 x 480
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2448
 2272 x 1704
 1600 x 1200
Maximum Image Resolution
 5152 x 3864
BEST
 5152 x 3864
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
BEST
Total Megapixels
20.5MP
BEST
16.44MP
Image Stabilizer Location
 Body
 Body
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 4:3
 16:9
 4:3
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour
 Silver
 Silver

Lens System

Optical Zoom
8x
BEST
5x
Digital Zoom
4x 4x
Maximum Aperture Number
6.9
BEST
6.5
Minimum Aperture Number
3.2 3.2
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
224mm
BEST
130mm
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
28mm 26mm
BEST
Focal Length Range (f-F)
5 - 40 4.6 - 23
Extra/Smart Zoom
16x Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
8/7 6/5
Combined Zoom
32x Unknown - Click to provide data
Aspheric Element
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 single
 continuous
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 centre weighted
 contrast detection
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 servo
 tracking
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Servo Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 centre weighted
 contrast detection
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
 Auto Focus (AF) assist beam
Unknown - Click to provide data
Closest Focusing Distance
0.01m Unknown - Click to provide data
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.1 - ∞
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5 - ∞
Auto Focus (AF) Points Selection
 Auto
 Auto
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Auto
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.8 - ∞
Focus
 TTL
 TTL

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 Auto
 Auto
ISO Sensitivity
 Auto
 80
 100
 160
 200
 400
 800
 1600
 Auto
 80
 100
 160
 200
 400
 800
 1600
ISO Sensitivity (max)
1,600 1,600
ISO Sensitivity (min)
100 80
BEST
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
15s
BEST
4s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Manual
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Slow synchronization
Flash Range (tele)
1.3 - 1.5 0.8 - 1.7
Flash Range (wide)
0.5 - 3 0.5 - 3.6
Flash Exposure Lock
 Flash exposure lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Pre-Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Pre-flash

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1280 x 720
BEST
 1280 x 720
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
30fps Unknown - Click to provide data
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVI
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVI
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
Video Resolutions
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
BEST
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio Formats Supported
 PCM
BEST
 PCM

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Internal Memory
Unknown - Click to provide data 17MB
Memory Slots
1 1

Display

Display Diagonal
2.7" 2.7"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
BEST
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Vari-angle LCD display
Field of View
100% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
230,000 pixels 230,000 pixels
Second Display
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Second display

Viewfinder

Magnification
Unknown - Click to provide data 4x

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
 PictBridge
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
USB Connector
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB
 Mini-USB B
 Mini-USB

Camera

GPS (satellite)
Unknown - Click to provide data
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Fluorescent H
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Fluorescent H
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Vivid
 Black&White
 Vivid
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 10
Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
10x Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera File System
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF
 DPOF 1.1
 Exif 2.3
 DPOF
 Exif
 DCF
Tripod Mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Tripod mountable
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
Built-In Processor
DIGIC 4+ (iSAPS) Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Portrait
 Snow
 Fireworks
 Portrait
Languages Support
 Multi
 Multi
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 HEB
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 VIE
 IND
 BUL
 SER
 PER
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 HEB
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 ENG
 FIN
 FRE
 DEU
 ITA
 JPN
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 VIE
 IND
 BUL
 SER
 PER

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 160g
Height
54.3mm 59.4mm
Depth
22.1mm 28.9mm
Width
95.2mm 96.4mm
Weight (including Battery)
127g
BEST
160g

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported
Unknown - Click to provide data 2
Battery Type
NB-11L AA
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
220 shots
BEST
200 shots

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data 32 - 104
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
10 - 90 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 0 - 40

Packaging Content

Cables Included
 USB
 USB
BEST
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Hand Strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Hand strap
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
Carrying Case
 Carrying case
 Carrying case

Networking

Wi-Fi
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Bluetooth

Other Features

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash

Technical Details

Image Processor
 DIGIC 4+
 DIGIC 4+
Self-Timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Self-timer
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