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Nikon AW130 vs Pentax WS80

Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
44
Overall
42
Nikon Coolpix AW130 front
 
Pentax Optio WS80 front
Portability
95
Imaging
33
Features
20
Overall
27

Nikon AW130 vs Pentax WS80 Key Specs

Nikon AW130
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.8-4.9) lens
  • 221g - 110 x 66 x 27mm
  • Released February 2015
  • Superseded the Nikon AW120
Pentax WS80
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 6400
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-175mm (F3.8-4.7) lens
  • 125g - 92 x 60 x 22mm
  • Introduced August 2009
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Nikon AW130 vs Pentax WS80 Overview

Below is a in depth review of the Nikon AW130 and Pentax WS80, both Waterproof digital cameras by companies Nikon and Pentax. There is a crucial difference between the resolutions of the AW130 (16MP) and WS80 (10MP) but they use the exact same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The AW130 was unveiled 5 years later than the WS80 and that is quite a serious gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a quick summation of how the AW130 grades vs the WS80 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon AW130 over the Pentax WS80

 AW130 WS80 
IntroducedFebruary 2015August 2009More recent by 68 months
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution921k230kClearer screen (+691k dot)

Reasons to pick Pentax WS80 over the Nikon AW130

 WS80 AW130 
Manual focus Very accurate focus

Common features in the Nikon AW130 and Pentax WS80

 AW130 WS80 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither has Touch friendly screen

Nikon AW130 vs Pentax WS80 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to lug around your camera, you should take into account its weight and measurements. The Nikon AW130 has external dimensions of 110mm x 66mm x 27mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") having a weight of 221 grams (0.49 lbs) and the Pentax WS80 has proportions of 92mm x 60mm x 22mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9") along with a weight of 125 grams (0.28 lbs).

Take a look at the Nikon AW130 and Pentax WS80 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are working with at that time. Underneath is the front view over all size comparison of the AW130 versus the WS80.

Nikon AW130 vs Pentax WS80 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the AW130 and WS80 is 91 and 95 respectively.

Nikon AW130 vs Pentax WS80 top view buttons comparison

Nikon AW130 vs Pentax WS80 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is hard to see the difference between sensor measurements just by reading through specs. The graphic below will give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the AW130 and WS80.

All in all, both cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same resolution. You should count on the Nikon AW130 to give you extra detail having an extra 6MP. Higher resolution will enable you to crop shots much more aggressively. The younger AW130 will have an advantage in sensor innovation.

Nikon AW130 vs Pentax WS80 sensor size comparison

Nikon AW130 vs Pentax WS80 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon AW130 vs Pentax WS80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon AW130 as a Portrait photography camera
Pentax WS80 as a Portrait photography camera
36
decent megapixels (16MP)
offers face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
26
manual focus
manual mode not available
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon AW130
Street photography with Pentax WS80
62
has image stabilization (Optical)
environment proofing
no articulating screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
59
environment sealing
lighter than competitors in class (125g)
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon AW130
Sports photography with Pentax WS80
51
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
environment proofing
better than average battery power (370 per charge)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
23
environment sealing
very slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon AW130
Travel photography with Pentax WS80
73
better than average battery power (370 shots)
environment proofing
decent megapixels (16MP)
has built in flash
rather wide (24mm)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
61
lighter than competitors in class (125 grams)
environment sealing
built-in flash
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon AW130 Landscape photography highlights
Pentax WS80 Landscape photography highlights
50
rather wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
environment proofing
better than average battery power (370 CIPA)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
lack of manual mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
31
manual focus
environment sealing
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.8)
small screen (2.7")
manual mode not available
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon AW130 as a Vlogging camera
Pentax WS80 as a Vlogging camera
33
rather wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have mic support
25
lighter than competitors in class (125g)
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.8)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
missing microphone support
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Nikon AW130 vs Pentax WS80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon AW130 and Pentax WS80
 Nikon Coolpix AW130Pentax Optio WS80
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Pentax
Model Nikon Coolpix AW130 Pentax Optio WS80
Class Waterproof Waterproof
Released 2015-02-10 2009-08-05
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Prime
Sensor type CMOS CCD
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 16MP 10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 3648 x 2736
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 125 64
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points - 9
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-120mm (5.0x) 35-175mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-4.9 f/3.8-4.7
Macro focus range 1cm -
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 2.7 inch
Display resolution 921 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 seconds 4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1500 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 7.0 frames per second 1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.20 m (at Auto ISO) 3.40 m
Flash options - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Soft
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i ,50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 221 gr (0.49 pounds) 125 gr (0.28 pounds)
Dimensions 110 x 66 x 27mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") 92 x 60 x 22mm (3.6" x 2.4" x 0.9")
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 370 photographs -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery model EN-EL12 D-LI68
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at release $398 $220