Nikon P600 vs Sigma DP2s

Portability
65
Imaging
42
Features
57
Overall
48
Nikon Coolpix P600 front
 
Sigma DP2s front
Portability
86
Imaging
46
Features
31
Overall
40
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Nikon P600 vs Sigma DP2s Overview

Its time to look a bit more closely at the Nikon P600 versus Sigma DP2s, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the latter is a Large Sensor Compact by competitors Nikon and Sigma. There is a substantial difference between the image resolutions of the P600 (16MP) and DP2s (5MP) and the P600 (1/2.3") and DP2s (APS-C) come with totally different sensor measurements.

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The P600 was released 4 years later than the DP2s and that is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of the cameras offer different body type with the Nikon P600 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Sigma DP2s being a Large Sensor Compact camera.

Before going through a full comparison, below is a quick summation of how the P600 scores vs the DP2s when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Nikon P600 vs Sigma DP2s Key Specs

Nikon P600
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Increase to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1440mm (F3.3-6.5) lens
  • 565g - 125 x 85 x 107mm
  • Announced February 2014
  • Replacement is Nikon P610
Sigma DP2s
(Full Review)
  • 5MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 2.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 50 - 3200
  • 320 x 240 video
  • 41mm (F) lens
  • 280g - 113 x 60 x 56mm
  • Launched February 2010
  • Replaced the Sigma DP2
  • Replacement is Sigma DP2x
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Nikon P600 vs Sigma DP2s Physical Comparison

For anyone who is aiming to carry around your camera frequently, you should factor in its weight and dimensions. The Nikon P600 features physical measurements of 125mm x 85mm x 107mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 4.2") along with a weight of 565 grams (1.25 lbs) and the Sigma DP2s has dimensions of 113mm x 60mm x 56mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 2.2") along with a weight of 280 grams (0.62 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are using at that moment. Following is a front view proportions comparison of the P600 and the DP2s.

Nikon P600 vs Sigma DP2s size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the P600 and DP2s is 65 and 86 respectively.

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Nikon P600 vs Sigma DP2s Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very hard to envision the gap between sensor sizes merely by looking at technical specs. The pic below should give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizing in the P600 and DP2s.

As you have seen, each of the cameras feature different resolutions and different sensor sizes. The P600 having a tinier sensor will make shooting shallower DOF harder and the Nikon P600 will resolve more detail having an extra 11MP. Higher resolution will help you crop pictures way more aggressively. The newer P600 is going to have a benefit with regard to sensor technology.

Nikon P600 vs Sigma DP2s sensor size comparison

Nikon P600 vs Sigma DP2s Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon P600 vs Sigma DP2s Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon P600 Portrait photography advice
Sigma DP2s Portrait photography advice
45
focusing manually
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
offers face detect focus
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
57
manual focus
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
low MP (5 megapixels)
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Street Comparison

Nikon P600 Street photography features
Sigma DP2s Street photography features
51
screen articulates
built in image stabilization (Optical)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
heavier than competition in class (565 grams)
68
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
lighter than competition (280g)
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon P600 Sports photography advice
Sigma DP2s Sports photography advice
54
incredible zoom range (24-1440mm 60.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
offers tracking focus
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
31
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
can't change focal length (41mm)
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
low MP (5MP)
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon P600 as a Travel photography camera
Sigma DP2s as a Travel photography camera
59
MP count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly display
pretty wide (24mm)
great zoom (1440mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
heavier than competition in class (565 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
67
lighter than competition (280g)
has built in flash
great maximum aperture (f)
low MP (5MP)
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon P600 as a Landscape photography camera
Sigma DP2s as a Landscape photography camera
48
focusing manually
pretty wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
missing Time Lapse recording
49
manual focus
great maximum aperture (f)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
can't change focal length (41mm)
small screen (2.5 inch)
lack of image stabilization
low MP (5 megapixels)
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon P600 Vlogging details
Sigma DP2s Vlogging details
59
pretty wide (24mm)
selfie friendly display
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
missing mic port
heavier than competition in class (565g)
28
great maximum aperture (f)
lighter than competition (280g)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
low res video (320 x 240 pxls)
missing external microphone support
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Nikon P600 vs Sigma DP2s Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Nikon
Sigma
Model type
Nikon Coolpix P600
Sigma DP2s
Category
Small Sensor Superzoom
Large Sensor Compact
Announced
2014-02-07
2010-02-20
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Large Sensor Compact
Sensor Information
Chip
-
True II
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor size
1/2.3"
APS-C
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
20.7 x 13.8mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
285.7mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
5 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
-
3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4608 x 3456
2640 x 1760
Maximum native ISO
6400
3200
Maximum enhanced ISO
12800
-
Min native ISO
100
50
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross type focus points
-
-
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
24-1440mm (60.0x)
41mm (1x)
Max aperture
f/3.3-6.5
-
Macro focusing distance
1cm
-
Crop factor
5.8
1.7
Screen
Screen type
Fully Articulated
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3"
2.5"
Screen resolution
921k dots
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech
TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
-
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Electronic
None
Features
Minimum shutter speed
15 seconds
15 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 seconds
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
7.0 frames/s
3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation
Yes
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
7.50 m
4.30 m
Flash settings
TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Forced Flash, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Synchro
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30/25p, 60/50i) 1280 x 720 (60/50/30/25/15/12.5p) 960 x 540 (30/25p) 640 x 480 (120/100/30/25p)
320 x 240
Maximum video resolution
1920x1080
320x240
Video data 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
None
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
565 gr (1.25 lb)
280 gr (0.62 lb)
Physical dimensions
125 x 85 x 107mm (4.9" x 3.3" x 4.2")
113 x 60 x 56mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 2.2")
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
Other
Battery life
330 pictures
-
Style of battery
Battery Pack
-
Battery ID
EN-EL23
-
Self timer
Yes
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
SD/SDHC/MMC card
Card slots
One
One
Price at release
$750
$940