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Nikon S230 vs Nikon S80

Portability
96
Imaging
33
Features
21
Overall
28
Nikon Coolpix S230 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S80 front
Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
37
Overall
37

Nikon S230 vs Nikon S80 Key Specs

Nikon S230
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 2000
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 35-105mm (F3.1-5.9) lens
  • 115g - 91 x 57 x 20mm
  • Launched February 2009
Nikon S80
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-175mm (F3.6-4.8) lens
  • 133g - 99 x 63 x 17mm
  • Released September 2010
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Nikon S230 vs Nikon S80 Overview

Following is a in-depth analysis of the Nikon S230 versus Nikon S80, both Ultracompact digital cameras and both are sold by Nikon. There exists a big gap between the image resolutions of the S230 (10MP) and S80 (14MP) but they come with the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The S230 was introduced 19 months prior to the S80 which makes the cameras a generation away from one another. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Ultracompact).

Before getting straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a brief view of how the S230 matches up vs the S80 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S230 over the Nikon S80

 S230 S80 

Reasons to pick Nikon S80 over the Nikon S230

 S80 S230 
ReleasedSeptember 2010February 2009More modern by 19 months
Screen sizing3.5"3"Bigger screen (+0.5")
Screen resolution819k230kClearer screen (+589k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S230 and Nikon S80

 S230 S80 
Manually focus No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Nikon S230 vs Nikon S80 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to carry around your camera regularly, you'll need to consider its weight and volume. The Nikon S230 has outside dimensions of 91mm x 57mm x 20mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.8") having a weight of 115 grams (0.25 lbs) and the Nikon S80 has sizing of 99mm x 63mm x 17mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 133 grams (0.29 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have attached at the time. The following is the front view measurements comparison of the S230 versus the S80.

Nikon S230 vs Nikon S80 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the S230 and S80 is 96 and 96 respectively.

Nikon S230 vs Nikon S80 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S230 vs Nikon S80 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it's hard to envision the difference between sensor sizes just by going over technical specs. The image here will help offer you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the S230 and S80.

As you have seen, both of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same megapixels. You should expect the Nikon S80 to offer you more detail using its extra 4MP. Higher resolution will help you crop shots a little more aggressively. The more aged S230 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Nikon S230 vs Nikon S80 sensor size comparison

Nikon S230 vs Nikon S80 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S230 vs Nikon S80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S230 Portrait photography information
Nikon S80 Portrait photography information
19
no manual focus
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
low MP (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
33
good resolution (14MP)
comes with face detection autofocus
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon S230 Street photography features
Nikon S80 Street photography features
57
has image stabilization (Digital)
no articulating screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports focus via touch
no articulating screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon S230
Sports photography with Nikon S80
26
has image stabilization (Digital)
no shutter priority mode
low MP (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
40
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (1.3 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery (150 CIPA)
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S230 Travel photography features
Nikon S80 Travel photography features
51
has built in flash
lack of Timelapse mode
low MP (10MP)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
60
supports focus via touch
good resolution (14MP)
flash built-in
no Timelapse recording
terrible battery (150 CIPA)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.6)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S230 as a Landscape photography camera
Nikon S80 as a Landscape photography camera
31
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Digital)
no manual focus
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
manual mode not possible
low MP (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
lack of Timelapse mode
36
screen larger than average (3.5 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.6)
manual exposure not available
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
terrible battery (150 CIPA)
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S230 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon S80 as a Vlogging camera
28
built-in touchscreen
has image stabilization (Digital)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
display is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
lack of external microphone jack
30
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection autofocus
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.6)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no external microphone jack
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Nikon S230 vs Nikon S80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S230 and Nikon S80
 Nikon Coolpix S230Nikon Coolpix S80
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix S230 Nikon Coolpix S80
Class Ultracompact Ultracompact
Launched 2009-02-03 2010-09-08
Body design Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Expeed C2
Sensor type CCD 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 10 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3
Maximum resolution 3648 x 2736 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 2000 1600
Maximum boosted ISO - 6400
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 35-105mm (3.0x) 35-175mm (5.0x)
Max aperture f/3.1-5.9 f/3.6-4.8
Macro focusing distance 10cm 7cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3 inch 3.5 inch
Display resolution 230 thousand dot 819 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech - OLED
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 8 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 11.0 frames/s 1.3 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash settings Auto, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On, Slow sync -
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 640x480 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 115 grams (0.25 lb) 133 grams (0.29 lb)
Dimensions 91 x 57 x 20mm (3.6" x 2.2" x 0.8") 99 x 63 x 17mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 - 150 pictures
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL10 EN-EL10
Self timer Yes (3 or 10 sec) -
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Price at launch $150 $191