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 Samsung PL170 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). Samsung PL170 has external dimensions of 95 x 57 x 19 mm (3.74 x 2.24 x 0.75″) and weighs (including batteries).
Below you can see the front view size comparison of Nikon L31 and Samsung PL170. Samsung PL170 is clearly the smaller of the two cameras. Its body is 1mm narrower, 2mm shorter and 10mm thinner than Nikon L31.
Here is the back view size comparison of Nikon L31 and Samsung PL170.
Now lets look at the top view comparison of Nikon L31 and Samsung PL170.
Weight is another important factor especially when deciding on a camera that you want to carry with you all day.
Samsung PL170 is 160g lighter than the Nikon L31 but we don't think this will make a significant difference.
Unfortunately neither Nikon Coolpix L31 nor Samsung PL170 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
Samsung PL170's 3" 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.