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Nikon S2900 vs Nikon S80

Portability
96
Imaging
46
Features
32
Overall
40
Nikon Coolpix S2900 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S80 front
Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
37
Overall
37

Nikon S2900 vs Nikon S80 Key Specs

Nikon S2900
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Digital Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.2-6.5) lens
  • 119g - 95 x 59 x 20mm
  • Introduced January 2015
Nikon S80
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Push 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
  • Launched September 2010
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Nikon S2900 vs Nikon S80 Overview

Its time to look closer at the Nikon S2900 and Nikon S80, both Ultracompact cameras and both of them are offered by Nikon. There exists a big gap among the sensor resolutions of the S2900 (20MP) and S80 (14MP) but both cameras have the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The S2900 was introduced 4 years after the S80 which is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras have the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before delving straight to a comprehensive comparison, here is a short summation of how the S2900 grades vs the S80 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S2900 over the Nikon S80

 S2900 S80 
LaunchedJanuary 2015September 2010More modern by 53 months

Reasons to pick Nikon S80 over the Nikon S2900

 S80 S2900 
Screen dimensions3.5"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.8")
Screen resolution819k230kClearer screen (+589k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Nikon S2900 and Nikon S80

 S2900 S80 
Manually focus No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen

Nikon S2900 vs Nikon S80 Physical Comparison

For those who are looking to carry around your camera frequently, you'll have to take into account its weight and volume. The Nikon S2900 has got physical dimensions of 95mm x 59mm x 20mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.8") with a weight of 119 grams (0.26 lbs) and the Nikon S80 has sizing of 99mm x 63mm x 17mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.7") along with a weight of 133 grams (0.29 lbs).

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Don't forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you are working with at the time. Below is a front view dimension comparison of the S2900 against the S80.

Nikon S2900 vs Nikon S80 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the S2900 and S80 is 96 and 96 respectively.

Nikon S2900 vs Nikon S80 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S2900 vs Nikon S80 Sensor Comparison

Typically, its hard to visualise the gap in sensor sizes simply by viewing specs. The pic underneath should give you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the S2900 and S80.

All in all, the 2 cameras provide the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same MP. You should count on the Nikon S2900 to render more detail using its extra 6MP. Higher resolution will help you crop photographs more aggressively. The more recent S2900 is going to have an advantage when it comes to sensor technology.

Nikon S2900 vs Nikon S80 sensor size comparison

Nikon S2900 vs Nikon S80 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S2900 vs Nikon S80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S2900 Portrait photography information
Nikon S80 Portrait photography information
39
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
supports face detection focusing
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
33
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
supports face detection focus
lack of manual focus
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon S2900
Street photography with Nikon S80
59
built in image stabilization (Digital)
no articulating screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
63
image stabilization (Optical)
boasts touch to focus
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S2900 Sports photography details
Nikon S80 Sports photography details
51
built in image stabilization (Digital)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
good battery life (250 shots)
no shutter priority
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
40
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
max frames per second low (1.3 frames per second)
no shutter priority
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
terrible battery power (150 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S2900 Travel photography highlights
Nikon S80 Travel photography highlights
70
good battery life (250 CIPA)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (26mm)
does not have Timelapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
60
boasts touch to focus
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
flash built-in
does not have Timelapse function
terrible battery power (150 CIPA)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.6)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S2900 as a Landscape photography camera
Nikon S80 as a Landscape photography camera
44
reasonably wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
good battery life (250 CIPA)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
small screen (2.7")
manual mode not possible
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
does not have Timelapse function
36
screen larger than average (3.5 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.6)
manual mode not available
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
terrible battery power (150 per charge)
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S2900 Vlogging details
Nikon S80 Vlogging details
32
reasonably wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Digital)
supports face detection focusing
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.2)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external microphone port
30
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focus
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow max aperture (f3.6)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have external microphone socket
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Nikon S2900 vs Nikon S80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S2900 and Nikon S80
 Nikon Coolpix S2900Nikon Coolpix S80
General Information
Make Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix S2900 Nikon Coolpix S80
Type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Introduced 2015-01-14 2010-09-08
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Chip Expeed C2 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 20MP 14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3
Highest resolution 5152 x 3864 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 3200 1600
Highest boosted ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-130mm (5.0x) 35-175mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.2-6.5 f/3.6-4.8
Macro focusing range 10cm 7cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7 inch 3.5 inch
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 819 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech - OLED
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/8000s
Continuous shooting rate - 1.3 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 4.00 m -
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30p) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
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
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 119g (0.26 lb) 133g (0.29 lb)
Physical dimensions 95 x 59 x 20mm (3.7" x 2.3" 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 250 images 150 images
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL19 EN-EL10
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) -
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Launch pricing $117 $191