Nikon A100 vs Olympus TG-870

Portability
96
Imaging
48
Features
29
Overall
40
Nikon Coolpix A100 front
 
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 front
Portability
91
Imaging
43
Features
46
Overall
44

Nikon A100 vs Olympus TG-870 Key Specs

Nikon A100
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Boost to 3200)
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.2-6.5) lens
  • 119g - 95 x 59 x 20mm
  • Released January 2016
Olympus TG-870
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 125 - 6400 (Bump to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 21-105mm (F3.5-5.7) lens
  • 221g - 113 x 64 x 28mm
  • Launched January 2016
  • Old Model is Olympus TG-860
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Nikon A100 vs Olympus TG-870 Overview

On this page, we are looking at the Nikon A100 versus Olympus TG-870, both Ultracompact cameras by companies Nikon and Olympus. There exists a big gap among the image resolutions of the A100 (20MP) and TG-870 (16MP) but both cameras boast the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The A100 was introduced about the same time to the TG-870 which means that they are of a similar generation. Both of these cameras have the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before we go right into a step-by-step comparison, here is a quick summation of how the A100 matches up versus the TG-870 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon A100 over the Olympus TG-870

 A100 TG-870 

Reasons to pick Olympus TG-870 over the Nikon A100

 TG-870 A100 
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimensions3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution921k230kClearer display (+691k dot)

Common features in the Nikon A100 and Olympus TG-870

 A100 TG-870 
LaunchedJanuary 2016January 2016Same generation
Focus manually Lack of manual focus
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch display Neither includes Touch display

Nikon A100 vs Olympus TG-870 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to carry around your camera often, you're going to have to consider its weight and volume. The Nikon A100 features external measurements of 95mm x 59mm x 20mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.8") and a weight of 119 grams (0.26 lbs) whilst the Olympus TG-870 has sizing of 113mm x 64mm x 28mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 221 grams (0.49 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you use at that moment. Underneath is a front view measurements comparison of the A100 compared to the TG-870.

Nikon A100 vs Olympus TG-870 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the A100 and TG-870 is 96 and 91 respectively.

Nikon A100 vs Olympus TG-870 top view buttons comparison

Nikon A100 vs Olympus TG-870 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is difficult to envision the gap in sensor sizes simply by going through technical specs. The pic below should offer you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the A100 and TG-870.

As you can tell, both of the cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but not the same megapixels. You should anticipate the Nikon A100 to produce greater detail using its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will allow you to crop images more aggressively.

Nikon A100 vs Olympus TG-870 sensor size comparison

Nikon A100 vs Olympus TG-870 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon A100 vs Olympus TG-870 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon A100 as a Portrait photography camera
Olympus TG-870 as a Portrait photography camera
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sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
includes face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
37
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
provides face detection focus
manual focus not available
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon A100 as a Street photography camera
Olympus TG-870 as a Street photography camera
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image stabilization (Digital)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
66
screen tilts up and down
built in image stabilization (Optical)
environment sealing
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
more heavy than average in class (221g)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon A100 Sports photography highlights
Olympus TG-870 Sports photography highlights
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image stabilization (Digital)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
includes tracking focus
great battery power (250 shots)
max fps low (1.1 fps)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
52
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
environment sealing
better than average battery pack (300 shots)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon A100
Travel photography with Olympus TG-870
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great battery power (250 shots)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
pretty wide (26mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
70
better than average battery pack (300 shots)
environment sealing
megapixel count good (16MP)
built-in flash
fairly wide (21mm)
more heavy than average in class (221g)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon A100 Landscape photography information
Olympus TG-870 Landscape photography information
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pretty wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Digital)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
great battery power (250 shots)
manual focus not available
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
tiny screen (2.7")
no manual exposure
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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fairly wide (21mm)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
environment sealing
better than average battery pack (300 shots)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
lack of manual exposure
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon A100 Vlogging information
Olympus TG-870 Vlogging information
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pretty wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Digital)
includes face detect autofocus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have mic jack
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fairly wide (21mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have external microphone socket
more heavy than average in class (221 grams)
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Nikon A100 vs Olympus TG-870 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon A100 and Olympus TG-870
 Nikon Coolpix A100Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Olympus
Model type Nikon Coolpix A100 Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870
Category Ultracompact Ultracompact
Released 2016-01-14 2016-01-06
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by - TruePic VII
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 5152 x 3864 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 1600 6400
Max enhanced ISO 3200 12800
Minimum native ISO 80 125
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-130mm (5.0x) 21-105mm (5.0x)
Max aperture f/3.2-6.5 f/3.5-5.7
Macro focusing distance 10cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Tilting
Display sizing 2.7 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 230k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 4 secs 4 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 1.1fps 7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 4.00 m (at Auto ISO) 4.00 m (at ISO 1600)
Flash settings Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, off, fill flash, slow sync Auto, redeye reduction, fill flash, off, LED illuminator
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60p), 1280 x 720 (60p), 640 x 480 (60p)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 119g (0.26 pounds) 221g (0.49 pounds)
Physical dimensions 95 x 59 x 20mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.8") 113 x 64 x 28mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 250 images 300 images
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL19 Li-50B
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
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