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 G1 X 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 G1 X has external dimensions of 117 x 81 x 65 mm (4.61 x 3.19 x 2.56″) and weighs 534 g (1.18 lb / 18.84 oz) (including batteries).
Below you can see the front view size comparison of Nikon L31 and Canon G1 X. Nikon L31 is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 21mm narrower, 22mm shorter and 36mm thinner than Canon G1 X.
Now lets look at the top view comparison of Nikon L31 and Canon G1 X.
Weight is another important factor especially when deciding on a camera that you want to carry with you all day.
Nikon L31 is significantly lighter (374g ) than the Canon G1 X which may become a big advantage especially on long walking trips.
Unfortunately neither Nikon Coolpix L31 nor Canon PowerShot G1 X 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
Canon G1 X's 3.00" LCD screen is slightly larger than Nikon L31's 2.7" screen.
Moreover, Canon G1 X sports a Fully Articulated screen
which you can change the angle and position of the screen almost freely, making it possible to shoot from waist or over the head levels, and especially very useful for shooting selfies and video. On the other hand, Nikon L31 has a fixed type screen which provides almost no flexibility in shooting positions compared to G1 X.