Nikon B700 vs Sony TX1

Nikon Coolpix B700 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1 front

Nikon B700 vs Sony TX1 Key Specs

Nikon B700
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-1440mm (F3.3-6.5) lens
  • 565g - 125 x 85 x 107mm
  • Announced February 2016
Sony TX1
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.4" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-140mm (F3.5-4.6) lens
  • 142g - 94 x 58 x 17mm
  • Revealed August 2009
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Nikon B700 vs Sony TX1 Overview

Below, we are looking at the Nikon B700 and Sony TX1, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Ultracompact by companies Nikon and Sony. There exists a significant gap among the image resolutions of the B700 (20MP) and TX1 (10MP) and the B700 (1/2.3") and TX1 (1/2.4") feature different sensor size.

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The B700 was introduced 6 years after the TX1 which is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both cameras come with different body type with the Nikon B700 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sony TX1 being a Ultracompact camera.

Before we go straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a quick summary of how the B700 scores vs the TX1 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon B700 over the Sony TX1

 B700 TX1 
RevealedFebruary 2016August 2009Newer by 80 months
Manually focus Very accurate focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution921k230kCrisper display (+691k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Sony TX1 over the Nikon B700

 TX1 B700 
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Nikon B700 and Sony TX1

 B700 TX1 
Display dimension3"3"Identical display size

Nikon B700 vs Sony TX1 Physical Comparison

If you're going to travel with your camera frequently, you'll have to think about its weight and measurements. The Nikon B700 has got outer measurements of 125mm x 85mm x 107mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 4.2") and a weight of 565 grams (1.25 lbs) while the Sony TX1 has proportions of 94mm x 58mm x 17mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.7") along with a weight of 142 grams (0.31 lbs).

Compare the Nikon B700 and Sony TX1 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you are using at that time. Underneath is the front view dimension comparison of the B700 versus the TX1.

Nikon B700 vs Sony TX1 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the B700 and TX1 is 65 and 96 respectively.

Nikon B700 vs Sony TX1 top view buttons comparison

Nikon B700 vs Sony TX1 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, its difficult to picture the gap in sensor dimensions simply by seeing a spec sheet. The pic below should offer you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the B700 and TX1.

Clearly, both cameras posses different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The B700 using its larger sensor is going to make achieving shallower depth of field less difficult and the Nikon B700 will provide extra detail using its extra 10MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop pics somewhat more aggressively. The newer B700 should have an edge when it comes to sensor tech.

Nikon B700 vs Sony TX1 sensor size comparison

Nikon B700 vs Sony TX1 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon B700 vs Sony TX1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon B700 Portrait photography information
Sony TX1 Portrait photography information
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
includes face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
no external flash support
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of manual focus
no manual control
no external flash support
low megapixels (10 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.4")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon B700 Street photography features
Sony TX1 Street photography features
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW files
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition (565g)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.4")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Nikon B700 Sports photography info
Sony TX1 Sports photography info
great zoom range (24-1440mm 60.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
includes tracking autofocus
good battery life (350 per charge)
max frames per second very slow (5.0 fps)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect autofocus
built in image stabilization (Optical)
max shutter speed is low (1/1,250s)
lack of shutter priority mode
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.4")
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon B700 Travel photography factors
Sony TX1 Travel photography factors
good battery life (350 CIPA)
connects via bluetooth
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
really wide (24mm)
great zoom (1440mm)
more heavy than competition (565 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
has built in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
low megapixels (10MP)
does not have a selfie friendly display
wide angle not the best (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon B700 Landscape photography advice
Sony TX1 Landscape photography advice
focusing manually
really wide (24mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
delivers RAW files
good battery life (350 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
no manual control
low megapixels (10MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.4")
has no RAW files
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon B700 Vlogging details
Sony TX1 Vlogging details
really wide (24mm)
selfie friendly display
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
great video quality (3840 x 2160 pxls)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
missing external microphone jack
more heavy than competition (565g)
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
does not have a selfie friendly display
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have external mic socket
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Nikon B700 vs Sony TX1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon B700 and Sony TX1
 Nikon Coolpix B700Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1
General Information
Make Nikon Sony
Model type Nikon Coolpix B700 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX1
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Ultracompact
Announced 2016-02-23 2009-08-06
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Chip - Bionz
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.4"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.104 x 4.578mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.9mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 5184 x 3888 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 125
RAW images
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points - 9
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-1440mm (60.0x) 35-140mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.3-6.5 f/3.5-4.6
Macro focusing distance 1cm 8cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 921k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 921k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Min shutter speed 15 secs 2 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1250 secs
Continuous shutter rate 5.0 frames per sec -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 7.50 m (at Auto ISO) 3.00 m
Flash options - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 (30p, 25p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p, 25p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 565g (1.25 lbs) 142g (0.31 lbs)
Dimensions 125 x 85 x 107mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 4.2") 94 x 58 x 17mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.7")
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
Battery life 350 photographs -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID EN-EL23 -
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Cost at release $500 $350