Amateur photographer here. I will do my best to ask this question in a way that will be as far from opinion-based as I can get.

I am traveling to Alaska in a few days and trying to decide what to use for a camera. I have a Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone and a Nikon Coolpix L810 point and shoot. I am trying to figure out if the Nikon has any performance advantages over the smartphone camera that would make it worth taking, since it is significantly heavier.

What specs should I be comparing? I want the camera that will produce higher resolution photos with better lighting and more control over color/contrast/custom settings. They are both rated at 16 megapixels, so what other specs should I look at to judge this? I look at a spec sheet and it's like a foreign language to me.

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    Consider taking both devices out for walk. Every photo you take with one, duplicate with the other. Switch up which device you use first to reduce lead time bias. Take several shots from each camera to reduce spurious results. In addition to image quality, compare your ability to consistently take "keepers" with fewer attempts and which device feels better to use. – xiota Aug 14 at 23:33
  • You have zoom lens on L810 for getting closer to your subject. I would consider this as a significant advantage over camera phone. Having said that the actual quality of the pictures may differ so I wold just compare the two like @xiota suggested. – Tommy Aug 15 at 7:39
  • I would suggest renting a DSLR and a lens ( lens's ) for a trip that may be a once in a lifetime trip. And a tripod for northern lights. – Alaska Man Aug 16 at 0:50

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