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 Nikon P500 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). Nikon P500 has external dimensions of 116 x 84 x 10 mm (4.57 x 3.31 x 4.06″) and weighs 494 g (1.09 lb / 17.43 oz) (including batteries).
Below you can see the front view size comparison of Nikon L31 and Nikon P500. Nikon L31 is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 20mm narrower, 25mm shorter and 74mm thinner than Nikon P500.
Here is the back view size comparison of Nikon L31 and Nikon P500.
Now lets look at the top view comparison of Nikon L31 and Nikon P500.
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 (334g ) than the Nikon P500 which may become a big advantage especially on long walking trips.
Unfortunately neither Nikon Coolpix L31 nor Nikon Coolpix P500 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 Top Bridge Cameras with Weather Sealing
LCD Screen Size and Features
Nikon P500's 3" LCD screen is slightly larger than Nikon L31's 2.7" screen.
In addition to the size advantage, Nikon P500 LCD screen also has a Tilting feature
where you can change the angle of the screen to make it easier to shoot from waist or over the head levels. On the other hand, Nikon L31 has a fixed type screen which provides less flexibility in shooting positions compared to P500.