As well as being compared against other compacts, the Nikon Coolpix L21 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, ultra compacts, super zooms and travel zooms. The Nikon Coolpix L21's top rivals come from Nikon (such as the Coolpix L840 and the D3100) and Canon (such as the PowerShot ELPH 160)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, compared to other compact competitors the Nikon L21 has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3") and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift).

Nikon Coolpix L22

Nikon Coolpix L22
similar age

Significant advantages of the L22 (vs the L21)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the L22 (vs the L21)

  • None found

common strengths of the L22 and L21

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 183 g vs 169 g

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon L21 compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is much smaller (compact (92×67×28 mm) vs prosumer size (124×97×74 mm)), is thinner (1.1" vs 2.9") and is significantly lighter (169 g vs 505 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p vs 1080p @ 24fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), takes much lower resolution photos (9.8 MP vs 14.2 MP), doesn't record movies in 24p and has a much smaller sensor (1/2.3" 6.13x4.6mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm).

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
6 months newer
$329 (body only)
$550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the L21)

  • Much higher true resolution: 14.2 MP vs 9.8 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the L21)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm) vs Compact (92×67×28 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.9" vs 1.1"
  • Much heavier: 505 g vs 169 g

common strengths of the D3100 and L21

  • None found

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon L21 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it is newer (february 2010 vs july 2008).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 35 mm), is significantly larger (compact (92×67×28 mm) vs ultra compact (90×58×19 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and is thicker (1.1" vs 0.7").

Samsung L201

Samsung L201
1 year older

Significant advantages of the L201 (vs the L21)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the L201 (vs the L21)

  • None found

common strengths of the L201 and L21

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon L21 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (compact (92×67×28 mm) vs prosumer size (114×89×96 mm)), is thinner (1.1" vs 3.8") and is significantly lighter (169 g vs 538 g).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 23 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO).

Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840
5 years newer
$274

Significant advantages of the L840 (vs the L21)

  • Much better wide angle: 23 mm vs 38 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the L840 (vs the L21)

  • Larger: Prosumer size (114×89×96 mm) vs Compact (92×67×28 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 3.8" vs 1.1"
  • Significantly heavier: 538 g vs 169 g

common strengths of the L840 and L21

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×89×96 mm) vs Compact (92×67×28 mm)
  • Light weight: 538 g vs 169 g
  • Thin: 3.8" vs 1.1"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, compared to travel zoom competitors the Nikon L21 has a much narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 28 mm), is slightly larger (compact (92×67×28 mm) vs super compact (95×54×22 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs digital), is older (february 2010 vs january 2015) and is thicker (1.1" vs 0.9").

Canon PowerShot ELPH 160

Canon PowerShot ELPH 160
4 years newer
$134

Significant advantages of the ELPH 160 (vs the L21)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 38 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    vs None
  • Smaller: Super compact (95×54×22 mm) vs Compact (92×67×28 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the ELPH 160 (vs the L21)

  • None found

common strengths of the ELPH 160 and L21

  • Very small: Super compact (95×54×22 mm) vs Compact (92×67×28 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"
  • Very light: 127 g vs 169 g