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Nikon P7800 vs Nikon S3600

Portability
82
Imaging
37
Features
73
Overall
51
Nikon Coolpix P7800 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S3600 front
Portability
96
Imaging
45
Features
29
Overall
38

Nikon P7800 vs Nikon S3600 Key Specs

Nikon P7800
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-200mm (F2.0-4.0) lens
  • 399g - 119 x 78 x 50mm
  • Launched November 2013
Nikon S3600
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-200mm (F3.7-6.6) lens
  • 125g - 97 x 58 x 20mm
  • Launched January 2014
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Nikon P7800 vs Nikon S3600 Overview

Below is a comprehensive review of the Nikon P7800 vs Nikon S3600, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both of them are created by Nikon. There exists a sizeable gap among the sensor resolutions of the P7800 (12MP) and S3600 (20MP) and the P7800 (1/1.7") and S3600 (1/2.3") come with different sensor size.

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The P7800 was launched at a similar time to the S3600 so they are both of a similar generation. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go straight into a full comparison, below is a quick summation of how the P7800 scores versus the S3600 for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon P7800 over the Nikon S3600

 P7800 S3600 
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution921k230kClearer screen (+691k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Nikon S3600 over the Nikon P7800

 S3600 P7800 

Common features in the Nikon P7800 and Nikon S3600

 P7800 S3600 
LaunchedNovember 2013January 2014Same generation
Touch screen Lack of Touch screen

Nikon P7800 vs Nikon S3600 Physical Comparison

If you are going to lug around your camera, you will need to consider its weight and proportions. The Nikon P7800 features external dimensions of 119mm x 78mm x 50mm (4.7" x 3.1" x 2.0") and a weight of 399 grams (0.88 lbs) and the Nikon S3600 has measurements of 97mm x 58mm x 20mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.8") and a weight of 125 grams (0.28 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you choose at that moment. Here is the front view measurement comparison of the P7800 vs the S3600.

Nikon P7800 vs Nikon S3600 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the P7800 and S3600 is 82 and 96 respectively.

Nikon P7800 vs Nikon S3600 top view buttons comparison

Nikon P7800 vs Nikon S3600 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be hard to picture the contrast in sensor measurements just by researching technical specs. The visual below might offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the P7800 and S3600.

As you have seen, the two cameras enjoy different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The P7800 featuring a bigger sensor is going to make getting shallow DOF less difficult and the Nikon S3600 will provide you with greater detail utilizing its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop photographs far more aggressively.

Nikon P7800 vs Nikon S3600 sensor size comparison

Nikon P7800 vs Nikon S3600 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon P7800 vs Nikon S3600 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon P7800 Portrait photography details
Nikon S3600 Portrait photography details
46
focusing manually
provides face detect focusing
saves RAW files
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
38
good MP (20MP)
provides face detection focusing
no manual focus
no manual exposure
no external flash support
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon P7800 Street photography features
Nikon S3600 Street photography features
64
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
more heavy than average (399 grams)
65
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors in class (125g)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon P7800 Sports photography advice
Nikon S3600 Sports photography advice
43
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking focus
great battery (350 CIPA)
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
no phase detect AF
43
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon P7800 Travel photography highlights
Nikon S3600 Travel photography highlights
68
great battery (350 shots)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
fairly wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
more heavy than average (399 grams)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
70
lighter than competitors in class (125g)
good MP (20 megapixels)
built-in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
no Timelapse function
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.7)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon P7800 Landscape photography features
Nikon S3600 Landscape photography features
58
focusing manually
fairly wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
great battery (350 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/1.7")
41
relatively wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (20 megapixels)
no manual focus
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.7)
small screen (2.7")
no manual exposure
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
no Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon P7800 Vlogging features
Nikon S3600 Vlogging features
75
fairly wide (28mm)
very good max aperture (f2.0)
selfie friendly screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with microphone port
more heavy than average (399 grams)
33
relatively wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focusing
lighter than competitors in class (125g)
slow max aperture (f3.7)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external microphone jack
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Nikon P7800 vs Nikon S3600 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon P7800 and Nikon S3600
 Nikon Coolpix P7800Nikon Coolpix S3600
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon Coolpix P7800 Nikon Coolpix S3600
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2013-11-25 2014-01-07
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/1.7" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 7.44 x 5.58mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 41.5mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 20 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 -
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 5152 x 3864
Max native ISO 1600 3200
Max boosted ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 99 99
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-200mm (7.1x) 25-200mm (8.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.0-4.0 f/3.7-6.6
Macro focus distance 5cm 2cm
Focal length multiplier 4.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 3" 2.7"
Display resolution 921 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Display tech - TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 921 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1500 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 8.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 10.00 m 3.50 m
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (25p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (30p); high-speed: 1920 x 1080 (15 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 640 x 480 (120 fps) 1280x720p (30fps) , 1280x720 (25p), 640x480 (30fps )
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 -
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Optional None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 399 grams (0.88 lb) 125 grams (0.28 lb)
Dimensions 119 x 78 x 50mm (4.7" x 3.1" x 2.0") 97 x 58 x 20mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 54 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 21.2 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.7 not tested
DXO Low light score 200 not tested
Other
Battery life 350 pictures 230 pictures
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL14 EN-EL19
Self timer Yes (10 or 2 seconds) Yes (10 or 2 seconds)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $550 $200