Nikon A100 vs Sony TX20

Portability
96
Imaging
48
Features
29
Overall
40
Nikon Coolpix A100 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 front
Portability
96
Imaging
41
Features
50
Overall
44

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX20 Key Specs

Nikon A100
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Bump 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
Sony TX20
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F3.5-4.6) lens
  • 133g - 96 x 56 x 18mm
  • Released February 2012
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Nikon A100 vs Sony TX20 Overview

Its time to take a more detailed look at the Nikon A100 vs Sony TX20, both Ultracompact cameras by competitors Nikon and Sony. There is a crucial difference among the image resolutions of the A100 (20MP) and TX20 (16MP) but both cameras provide the identical sensor size (1/2.3").

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The A100 was launched 3 years later than the TX20 and that is a fairly serious gap as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras feature the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before we go right into a detailed comparison, here is a quick summation of how the A100 matches up against the TX20 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon A100 over the Sony TX20

 A100 TX20 
ReleasedJanuary 2016February 2012Fresher by 48 months

Reasons to pick Sony TX20 over the Nikon A100

 TX20 A100 
Manual focus More precise focusing
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution922k230kClearer screen (+692k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Nikon A100 and Sony TX20

 A100 TX20 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX20 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to carry your camera, you're going to have to take into account its weight and volume. The Nikon A100 offers outer dimensions of 95mm x 59mm x 20mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.8") with a weight of 119 grams (0.26 lbs) whilst the Sony TX20 has sizing of 96mm x 56mm x 18mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") and a weight of 133 grams (0.29 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are utilizing at the time. Following is a front view over all size comparison of the A100 and the TX20.

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX20 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the A100 and TX20 is 96 and 96 respectively.

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX20 top view buttons comparison

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX20 Sensor Comparison

Often, its difficult to envision the contrast in sensor sizing purely by seeing specifications. The visual underneath should give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the A100 and TX20.

To sum up, both cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit not the same megapixels. You should count on the Nikon A100 to produce more detail utilizing its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also let you crop photographs a good deal more aggressively. The younger A100 is going to have an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX20 sensor size comparison

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX20 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX20 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon A100 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony TX20 as a Portrait photography camera
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sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
supports face detect focus
no manual focus
manual exposure not possible
can't use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
41
manual focus
good MP (16 megapixels)
has face detection focus
manual exposure not possible
external flash not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon A100 Street photography details
Sony TX20 Street photography details
60
has image stabilization (Digital)
no moving screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
67
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports focus by touch
weather proof
screen does not articulate
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon A100
Sports photography with Sony TX20
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has image stabilization (Digital)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
better than average battery pack (250 CIPA)
slow fps (1.1 fps)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
51
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
has tracking autofocus
weather proof
good battery power (250 CIPA)
lack of shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon A100 as a Travel photography camera
Sony TX20 as a Travel photography camera
70
better than average battery pack (250 shots)
sensor resolution is decent (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (26mm)
lack of Timelapse mode
does not posses selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
73
good battery power (250 CIPA)
weather proof
supports focus by touch
good MP (16MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon A100 Landscape photography features
Sony TX20 Landscape photography features
45
reasonably wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Digital)
sensor resolution is decent (20MP)
better than average battery pack (250 per charge)
no manual focus
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
screen is small (2.7")
manual exposure not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
lack of Timelapse mode
52
manual focus
relatively wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
weather proof
good battery power (250 per charge)
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not possible
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon A100 Vlogging advice
Sony TX20 Vlogging advice
32
reasonably wide (26mm)
has image stabilization (Digital)
supports face detect focus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of microphone support
35
relatively wide (25mm)
built-in touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
doesn't have external mic jack
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Nikon A100 vs Sony TX20 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon A100 and Sony TX20
 Nikon Coolpix A100Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
General Information
Company Nikon Sony
Model Nikon Coolpix A100 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
Type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Released 2016-01-14 2012-02-28
Body design Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by - BIONZ
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Full resolution 5152 x 3864 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 1600 3200
Max boosted ISO 3200 -
Minimum native ISO 80 125
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-130mm (5.0x) 25-100mm (4.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.2-6.5 f/3.5-4.6
Macro focus distance 10cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 230k dot 922k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology - XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 4s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting speed 1.1 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 4.00 m (at Auto ISO) 3.70 m
Flash settings Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, off, fill flash, slow sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 119 grams (0.26 lb) 133 grams (0.29 lb)
Physical dimensions 95 x 59 x 20mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.8") 96 x 56 x 18mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 250 images 250 images
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL19 NP-BN
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at launch $162 $330