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 Panasonic FX48 and Nikon S230 side-by-side from the front, back and top in their relative dimensions. Panasonic FX48 has external dimensions of 95 x 53 x 22 mm (3.74 x 2.09 x 0.87″) and weighs 150 g (0.33 lb / 5.29 oz) (including batteries). Nikon S230 has external dimensions of 91 x 57 x 20 mm (3.58 x 2.24 x 0.79″) and weighs 115 g (0.25 lb / 4.06 oz) (including batteries).
Below you can see the front view size comparison of Panasonic FX48 and Nikon S230. Nikon S230 is 4mm narrower and 2mm thinner than Panasonic FX48 but it is also 4mm taller.
Here is the back view size comparison of Panasonic FX48 and Nikon S230.
Weight is another important factor especially when deciding on a camera that you want to carry with you all day.
Nikon S230 is significantly lighter (35g ) than the Panasonic FX48 which may become a big advantage especially on long walking trips.
Unfortunately neither Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX48 (Lumix DMC-FX40) nor Nikon Coolpix S230 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
Nikon S230's 3" LCD screen is slightly larger than Panasonic FX48's 2.5" screen.
Unfortunately, both cameras has fixed screens so they don't tilt or flip in directions.