Nikon A100 vs Sony TX5

Portability
96
Imaging
48
Features
29
Overall
40
Nikon Coolpix A100 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 front
Portability
96
Imaging
35
Features
33
Overall
34

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX5 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
  • Revealed January 2016
Sony TX5
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.4" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-100mm (F3.5-6.3) lens
  • 148g - 94 x 57 x 18mm
  • Revealed February 2010
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Nikon A100 vs Sony TX5 Overview

Below is a extensive overview of the Nikon A100 versus Sony TX5, both Ultracompact digital cameras by competitors Nikon and Sony. There exists a large gap between the resolutions of the A100 (20MP) and TX5 (10MP) and the A100 (1/2.3") and TX5 (1/2.4") boast different sensor size.

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The A100 was announced 5 years later than the TX5 and that is quite a serious difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras feature the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before delving straight to a thorough comparison, here is a simple synopsis of how the A100 scores against the TX5 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon A100 over the Sony TX5

 A100 TX5 
RevealedJanuary 2016February 2010More recent by 72 months

Reasons to pick Sony TX5 over the Nikon A100

 TX5 A100 
Manually focus More exact focus
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Nikon A100 and Sony TX5

 A100 TX5 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kIdentical screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX5 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to lug around your camera often, you're going to have to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Nikon A100 offers outer dimensions of 95mm x 59mm x 20mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.8") having a weight of 119 grams (0.26 lbs) whilst the Sony TX5 has dimensions of 94mm x 57mm x 18mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") having a weight of 148 grams (0.33 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are employing at that moment. The following is a front view over all size comparison of the A100 compared to the TX5.

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX5 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the A100 and TX5 is 96 and 96 respectively.

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX5 top view buttons comparison

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX5 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is hard to picture the gap between sensor measurements merely by checking technical specs. The photograph below might offer you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the A100 and TX5.

As you can tell, both the cameras come with different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The A100 having a bigger sensor is going to make getting shallow DOF easier and the Nikon A100 will resolve more detail with its extra 10 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop pictures a good deal more aggressively. The younger A100 should have a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX5 sensor size comparison

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon A100 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony TX5 as a Portrait photography camera
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good MP (20MP)
comes with face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
no manual control
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
27
has manual focus
manual exposure not possible
can't use external flash
resolution not great (10MP)
small sensor size (1/2.4")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon A100 as a Street photography camera
Sony TX5 as a Street photography camera
60
built in image stabilization (Digital)
no moving screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
64
has image stabilization (Optical)
features touch focus
weather sealing
fixed screen
small sensor size (1/2.4")
no RAW format
more heavy than competition in class (148g)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon A100 Sports photography advice
Sony TX5 Sports photography advice
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built in image stabilization (Digital)
good MP (20 megapixels)
comes with tracking focus
good battery power (250 per charge)
max fps very slow (1.1 fps)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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has image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
no shutter priority mode
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.4")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon A100 Travel photography information
Sony TX5 Travel photography information
70
good battery power (250 shots)
good MP (20 megapixels)
flash built-in
fairly wide (26mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
63
weather sealing
features touch focus
built-in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition in class (148g)
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
does not feature selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon A100 Landscape photography factors
Sony TX5 Landscape photography factors
45
fairly wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
good MP (20MP)
good battery power (250 CIPA)
manual focus not available
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
no manual control
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse mode
44
has manual focus
relatively wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not possible
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.4")
no RAW format
doesn't have Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon A100
Vlogging with Sony TX5
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fairly wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
comes with face detect autofocus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
display is not selfie friendly
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have microphone support
30
relatively wide (25mm)
screen is touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
does not feature selfie friendly display
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have microphone port
more heavy than competition in class (148g)
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Nikon A100 vs Sony TX5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon A100 and Sony TX5
 Nikon Coolpix A100Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5
General Information
Brand Nikon Sony
Model Nikon Coolpix A100 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5
Class Ultracompact Ultracompact
Revealed 2016-01-14 2010-02-18
Body design Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Bionz
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.4"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.104 x 4.578mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.9mm²
Sensor resolution 20MP 10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5152 x 3864 3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO 1600 3200
Highest enhanced ISO 3200 -
Lowest native ISO 80 125
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points - 9
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/3.5-6.3
Macro focus distance 10cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 seconds 2 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 1.1 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.00 m (at Auto ISO) 2.90 m
Flash modes Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, off, fill flash, slow sync Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4
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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 119 grams (0.26 lbs) 148 grams (0.33 lbs)
Physical dimensions 95 x 59 x 20mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.8") 94 x 57 x 18mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 photos -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model EN-EL19 NP-BN1
Self timer Yes Yes (2 sec or 10 sec, portrait1/ portrait2)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/ Pro HG-Duo, Internal
Storage slots One One
Price at release $162 $239