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Nikon A10 vs Sony T90

Portability
94
Imaging
41
Features
23
Overall
33
Nikon Coolpix A10 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90 front
Portability
96
Imaging
35
Features
26
Overall
31

Nikon A10 vs Sony T90 Key Specs

Nikon A10
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.2-6.5) lens
  • 160g - 96 x 59 x 29mm
  • Introduced January 2016
Sony T90
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-10.0) lens
  • 148g - 94 x 57 x 15mm
  • Revealed February 2009
Photography Glossary

Nikon A10 vs Sony T90 Overview

In this article, we are analyzing the Nikon A10 and Sony T90, both Ultracompact cameras by companies Nikon and Sony. There is a sizable difference among the resolutions of the A10 (16MP) and T90 (12MP) but they enjoy the same exact sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The A10 was unveiled 7 years later than the T90 and that is a fairly significant difference as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Ultracompact).

Before delving straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a concise view of how the A10 scores against the T90 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon A10 over the Sony T90

 A10 T90 
RevealedJanuary 2016February 2009Fresher by 85 months

Reasons to pick Sony T90 over the Nikon A10

 T90 A10 
Focus manually Dial precise focus
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Nikon A10 and Sony T90

 A10 T90 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display resolution230k230kExact same display resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Nikon A10 vs Sony T90 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to carry your camera regularly, you'll need to think about its weight and size. The Nikon A10 has outer dimensions of 96mm x 59mm x 29mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 160 grams (0.35 lbs) while the Sony T90 has specifications of 94mm x 57mm x 15mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.6") accompanied by a weight of 148 grams (0.33 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. Following is the front view physical size comparison of the A10 and the T90.

Nikon A10 vs Sony T90 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the A10 and T90 is 94 and 96 respectively.

Nikon A10 vs Sony T90 top view buttons comparison

Nikon A10 vs Sony T90 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is hard to visualise the contrast in sensor sizing only by seeing a spec sheet. The graphic here may provide you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the A10 and T90.

Clearly, each of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same megapixels. You can expect to see the Nikon A10 to produce greater detail having an extra 4MP. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop photos a little more aggressively. The more recent A10 is going to have an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Nikon A10 vs Sony T90 sensor size comparison

Nikon A10 vs Sony T90 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon A10 vs Sony T90 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon A10 Portrait photography advice
Sony T90 Portrait photography advice
36
good MP (16 megapixels)
has face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
27
has manual focus
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon A10 Street photography info
Sony T90 Street photography info
56
built in image stabilization (Digital)
screen does not articulate
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
more heavy than average in class (160 grams)
55
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
more heavy than competition (148g)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon A10 as a Sports photography camera
Sony T90 as a Sports photography camera
37
built in image stabilization (Digital)
good MP (16 megapixels)
slow continuous shooting (1.2 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
25
built in image stabilization (Optical)
slow frames per second (2.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon A10 Travel photography information
Sony T90 Travel photography information
62
good MP (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
fairly wide (26mm)
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than average in class (160g)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
51
built-in flash
lack of Timelapse function
more heavy than competition (148g)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon A10 Landscape photography highlights
Sony T90 Landscape photography highlights
39
fairly wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
good MP (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
small screen (2.7")
no manual control
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
missing Timelapse mode
37
has manual focus
screen is a good size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not available
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon A10 as a Vlogging camera
Sony T90 as a Vlogging camera
30
fairly wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
has face detection focusing
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
display is not selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing external microphone socket
more heavy than average in class (160g)
27
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
lack of microphone port
more heavy than competition (148 grams)
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Nikon A10 vs Sony T90 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon A10 and Sony T90
 Nikon Coolpix A10Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90
General Information
Brand Nikon Sony
Model type Nikon Coolpix A10 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T90
Category Ultracompact Ultracompact
Introduced 2016-01-14 2009-02-17
Body design Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 1600 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points - 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-130mm (5.0x) 35-140mm (4.0x)
Max aperture f/3.2-6.5 f/3.5-10.0
Macro focusing range 10cm -
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 secs 1 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting speed 1.2 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.60 m (at Auto ISO) 2.90 m (Auto ISO)
Flash options Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, off, fill flash, slow sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 160 grams (0.35 lbs) 148 grams (0.33 lbs)
Dimensions 96 x 59 x 29mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 1.1") 94 x 57 x 15mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 200 images -
Style of battery AA -
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Storage slots One One
Retail pricing $90 $259