Nikon A100 vs Sony TX66

Portability
96
Imaging
48
Features
29
Overall
40
Nikon Coolpix A100 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 front
Portability
97
Imaging
43
Features
51
Overall
46

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX66 Key Specs

Nikon A100
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Push to 3200)
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.2-6.5) lens
  • 119g - 95 x 59 x 20mm
  • Launched January 2016
Sony TX66
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.5-4.8) lens
  • 109g - 93 x 54 x 13mm
  • Announced February 2012
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Nikon A100 vs Sony TX66 Overview

The following is a complete review of the Nikon A100 vs Sony TX66, both Ultracompact cameras by rivals Nikon and Sony. The sensor resolution of the A100 (20MP) and the TX66 (18MP) is very comparable and they enjoy the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The A100 was released 3 years after the TX66 which is a fairly significant gap as far as camera tech is concerned. The two cameras come with the identical body type (Ultracompact).

Before we go in to a comprehensive comparison, below is a simple synopsis of how the A100 matches up vs the TX66 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon A100 over the Sony TX66

 A100 TX66 
AnnouncedJanuary 2016February 2012Newer by 48 months

Reasons to pick Sony TX66 over the Nikon A100

 TX66 A100 
Manually focus Dial precise focusing
Display dimension3.3"2.7"Larger display (+0.6")
Display resolution1230k230kCrisper display (+1000k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Nikon A100 and Sony TX66

 A100 TX66 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX66 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to travel with your camera frequently, you need to factor in its weight and volume. The Nikon A100 enjoys external dimensions of 95mm x 59mm x 20mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.8") accompanied by a weight of 119 grams (0.26 lbs) while the Sony TX66 has sizing of 93mm x 54mm x 13mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.5") accompanied by a weight of 109 grams (0.24 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you use at that moment. Following is the front view overall size comparison of the A100 against the TX66.

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX66 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability grade of the A100 and TX66 is 96 and 97 respectively.

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX66 top view buttons comparison

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX66 Sensor Comparison

Often, it's difficult to visualize the contrast in sensor dimensions just by going through a spec sheet. The picture underneath may give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the A100 and TX66.

As you can see, each of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements but different MP. You should expect to see the Nikon A100 to provide extra detail as a result of its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop photos somewhat more aggressively. The more modern A100 should have a benefit in sensor tech.

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX66 sensor size comparison

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX66 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon A100 vs Sony TX66 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon A100 Portrait photography advice
Sony TX66 Portrait photography advice
40
decent MP (20MP)
comes with face detection autofocus
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
42
you can focus manually
MP count decent (18MP)
comes with face detection focusing
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon A100 Street photography highlights
Sony TX66 Street photography highlights
60
image stabilization (Digital)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
65
image stabilization (Optical)
features touch focus
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon A100 as a Sports photography camera
Sony TX66 as a Sports photography camera
49
image stabilization (Digital)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
better than average battery power (250 shots)
slow fps (1.1 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
50
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
great battery life (250 per charge)
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon A100 Travel photography information
Sony TX66 Travel photography information
70
better than average battery power (250 shots)
decent MP (20MP)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (26mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
72
great battery life (250 shots)
features touch focus
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (26mm)
missing Timelapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon A100
Landscape photography with Sony TX66
45
reasonably wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Digital)
decent MP (20MP)
better than average battery power (250 CIPA)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
lack of manual exposure
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
does not have Timelapse mode
51
you can focus manually
reasonably wide (26mm)
nice screen size (3.3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (18 megapixels)
great battery life (250 per charge)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual mode not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon A100 as a Vlogging camera
Sony TX66 as a Vlogging camera
32
reasonably wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Digital)
comes with face detection autofocus
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.2)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have external microphone socket
36
reasonably wide (26mm)
touchscreen functionality
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing external microphone port
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Nikon A100 vs Sony TX66 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon A100 and Sony TX66
 Nikon Coolpix A100Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Sony
Model Nikon Coolpix A100 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66
Class Ultracompact Ultracompact
Launched 2016-01-14 2012-02-28
Body design Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Chip - BIONZ
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 18 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 5152 x 3864 4896 x 3672
Maximum native ISO 1600 12800
Maximum enhanced ISO 3200 -
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-130mm (5.0x) 26-130mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.2-6.5 f/3.5-4.8
Macro focus range 10cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7" 3.3"
Resolution of screen 230k dot 1,230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen tech - XtraFine TruBlack OLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 1.1 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.00 m (at Auto ISO) 3.10 m
Flash settings Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, off, fill flash, slow sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Rear Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
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)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
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 119g (0.26 lbs) 109g (0.24 lbs)
Dimensions 95 x 59 x 20mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.8") 93 x 54 x 13mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.5")
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 photographs 250 photographs
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL19 NP-BN
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo, microSD/microSDHC
Storage slots 1 1
Price at release $162 $350