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 Olympus XZ-2 iHS 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 XZ-2 iHS has external dimensions of 113 x 65 x 48 mm (4.45 x 2.56 x 1.89″) and weighs 346 g (0.76 lb / 12.20 oz) (including batteries).
Below you can see the front view size comparison of Nikon L31 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS. Nikon L31 is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 17mm narrower, 6mm shorter and 19mm thinner than Olympus XZ-2 iHS.
Now lets look at the top view comparison of Nikon L31 and Olympus XZ-2 iHS.
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 (186g ) than the Olympus XZ-2 iHS which may become a big advantage especially on long walking trips.
Unfortunately neither Nikon Coolpix L31 nor Olympus XZ-2 iHS 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
Olympus XZ-2 iHS's 3" LCD screen is slightly larger than Nikon L31's 2.7" screen.
In addition to the size advantage, Olympus XZ-2 iHS 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 XZ-2 iHS.