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 Pentax E85 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). Pentax E85 has external dimensions of 93 x 58 x 24 mm (3.66 x 2.28 x 0.94″) and weighs 145 g (0.32 lb / 5.11 oz) (including batteries).
Below you can see the front-view size comparison of the Nikon L31 and the Pentax E85. Pentax E85 is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 3mm narrower, 1mm shorter and 5mm thinner than Nikon L31.
Here is the back view size comparison of the Nikon L31 and Pentax E85.
Weight is another important factor, especially when deciding on a camera that you want to carry with you all day.
Pentax E85 is 15g lighter than the Nikon L31 but we don't think this will make a significant difference.
Unfortunately neither the Nikon Coolpix L31 nor Pentax Optio E85 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
Nikon L31 and Pentax E85's LCD screens have the same diagonal size of 2.70 inches.
Unfortunately, both cameras has fixed screens so they don't tilt or flip in directions.