Size and weight are big decision factors when you are trying to find the ideal camera for your needs.
In this section, we are going to illustrate the Nikon L31 and Olympus SH-50 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). Olympus SH-50 has external dimensions of 112 x 63 x 42 mm (4.41 x 2.48 x 1.65″) and weighs 269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz) (including batteries).
Below you can see the front-view size comparison of the Nikon L31 and the Olympus SH-50. Nikon L31 is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 16mm narrower, 4mm shorter and 13mm thinner than Olympus SH-50.
Here is the back view size comparison of the Nikon L31 and Olympus SH-50.
Now lets look at the top view comparison of Nikon L31 and Olympus SH-50.
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 (109g ) than the Olympus SH-50 which may become a big advantage especially on long walking trips.
Unfortunately neither the Nikon Coolpix L31 nor Olympus SH-50 provides any type of weather sealing in their bodies, 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
Olympus SH-50's 3.00" LCD screen is slightly larger than Nikon L31's 2.7" screen.
Unfortunately, both cameras has fixed screens so they don't tilt or flip in directions.