As well as being compared against other compacts, the Nikon Coolpix L26 is also often compared to mirrorless, travel zooms and entry-level DSLRs. The Nikon Coolpix L26's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix A10 and the Coolpix S9900) and Canon (such as the PowerShot A2500 and the PowerShot A2200)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon L26 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a much wider wide angle lens (26 mm vs 37 mm) and is newer (february 2012 vs january 2011).

However, on average it is thicker (1.1" vs 0.9").

Nikon Coolpix A10

Nikon Coolpix A10
4 years newer
$87

Significant advantages of the Coolpix A10 (vs the L26)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix A10 (vs the L26)

  • None found

common strengths of the Coolpix A10 and L26

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 160 g vs 164 g

Canon PowerShot A2500

Canon PowerShot A2500
1 year newer
$99

Significant advantages of the A2500 (vs the L26)

  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the A2500 (vs the L26)

  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 26 mm

common strengths of the A2500 and L26

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 125 g vs 164 g

Nikon Coolpix L25

Nikon Coolpix L25
similar age
$150

Significant advantages of the L25 (vs the L26)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the L25 (vs the L26)

  • Lower true resolution: 6 MP vs 9.7 MP

common strengths of the L25 and L26

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"

Canon PowerShot A2200

Canon PowerShot A2200
1 year older
$160

Significant advantages of the A2200 (vs the L26)

  • Thinner: 0.9" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the A2200 (vs the L26)

  • Worse wide angle: 28 mm vs 26 mm

common strengths of the A2200 and L26

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 135 g vs 164 g

Nikon Coolpix L22

Nikon Coolpix L22
2 years older

Significant advantages of the L22 (vs the L26)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the L22 (vs the L26)

  • Much worse wide angle: 37 mm vs 26 mm

common strengths of the L22 and L26

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"

Samsung i70

Samsung i70
5 years older

Significant advantages of the i70 (vs the L26)

  • Significantly thinner: 0.9" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the i70 (vs the L26)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 26 mm

common strengths of the i70 and L26

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon L26 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it is slightly lighter (164 g vs 269 g) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 15.9 MP), doesn't have a touch screen and has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs four thirds 17.3x13.3mm).

Olympus PEN E-PM2

Olympus PEN E-PM2
7 months newer
$284 (body only)
$380 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PM2 (vs the L26)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has interchangeable lenses

Significant disadvantages of the E-PM2 (vs the L26)

  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the E-PM2 and L26

  • Fairly small: Compact (110×64×34 mm) vs Compact (96×60×29 mm)
  • Light weight: 269 g vs 164 g
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.1"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon L26 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/3.2 vs f/3.7) and is slightly less expensive ($149.95 vs $549.99).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (26 mm vs 25 mm), doesn't have a built-in GPS, has a significantly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO) and doesn't have a screen which flips out.

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900
3 years newer
$550

Significant advantages of the S9900 (vs the L26)

  • Has a GPS
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the S9900 (vs the L26)

  • None found

common strengths of the S9900 and L26

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon L26 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is much smaller (compact (96×60×29 mm) vs prosumer size (124×98×76 mm)), is slightly less expensive ($149.95 vs $399.00), is thinner (1.1" vs 3") and is significantly lighter (164 g vs 430 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (9.7 MP vs 24.2 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
1 year newer
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the L26)

  • Higher resolution movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the L26)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Compact (96×60×29 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.1"
  • Significantly heavier: 430 g vs 164 g

common strengths of the D3300 and L26

  • Light weight: 430 g vs 164 g
  • Inexpensive: $399.00 vs $149.95