Size and weight is a big decision factor when you are trying to find the ideal camera for your needs.
In this section, We are going to illustrate Nikon L31 and Canon A1200 side-by-side from the front, back and top in their relative dimensions. Nikon L31 has external dimensions of 96 x 59 x 29 mm (3.78 x 2.32 x 1.14″) and weighs 160 g (0.35 lb / 5.64 oz) (including batteries). Canon A1200 has external dimensions of 98 x 63 x 31 mm (3.86 x 2.48 x 1.22″) and weighs 185 g (0.41 lb / 6.53 oz) (including batteries).
Below you can see the front view size comparison of Nikon L31 and Canon A1200. Nikon L31 is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 2mm narrower, 4mm shorter and 2mm thinner than Canon A1200.
Here is the back view size comparison of Nikon L31 and Canon A1200.
Weight is another important factor especially when deciding on a camera that you want to carry with you all day.
Nikon L31 is 25g lighter than the Canon A1200 but we don't think this will make a significant difference.
Unfortunately neither Nikon Coolpix L31 nor Canon PowerShot A1200 provides any type of weather sealing in their body, so you have to give extra care especially when you are shooting outdoors. If weather sealing is a must-have feature for you, check these sections: Top Compact Cameras with Weather Sealing
LCD Screen Size and Features
Nikon L31 and Canon A1200's LCD screens has the same diagonal size of 2.70".
Unfortunately, both cameras has fixed screens so they don't tilt or flip in directions.