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Nikon S3000 vs Nikon S80

Portability
96
Imaging
35
Features
14
Overall
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Nikon Coolpix S3000 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S80 front
Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
37
Overall
37

Nikon S3000 vs Nikon S80 Key Specs

Nikon S3000
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 27-108mm (F3.2-5.9) lens
  • 116g - 94 x 56 x 19mm
  • Launched February 2010
Nikon S80
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Boost 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
  • Revealed September 2010
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Nikon S3000 vs Nikon S80 Overview

Its time to look more closely at the Nikon S3000 and Nikon S80, both Ultracompact digital cameras and both are created by Nikon. The resolution of the S3000 (12MP) and the S80 (14MP) is pretty well matched and both cameras offer the same sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The S3000 was unveiled 7 months earlier than the S80 so they are both of a similar generation. Both cameras have the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before going straight to a in-depth comparison, here is a short highlight of how the S3000 matches up vs the S80 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S3000 over the Nikon S80

 S3000 S80 

Reasons to pick Nikon S80 over the Nikon S3000

 S80 S3000 
RevealedSeptember 2010February 2010More recent by 7 months
Screen dimensions3.5"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.8")
Screen resolution819k230kCrisper screen (+589k dot)
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Common features in the Nikon S3000 and Nikon S80

 S3000 S80 
Manually focus No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen

Nikon S3000 vs Nikon S80 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to lug around your camera frequently, you'll need to consider its weight and measurements. The Nikon S3000 features physical measurements of 94mm x 56mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") with a weight of 116 grams (0.26 lbs) whilst the Nikon S80 has proportions of 99mm x 63mm x 17mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.7") and a weight of 133 grams (0.29 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you choose during that time. Underneath is a front view dimension comparison of the S3000 against the S80.

Nikon S3000 vs Nikon S80 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the S3000 and S80 is 96 and 96 respectively.

Nikon S3000 vs Nikon S80 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S3000 vs Nikon S80 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be difficult to see the gap between sensor measurements just by looking at specifications. The photograph below will help offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the S3000 and S80.

To sum up, both the cameras have the same sensor dimensions albeit not the same MP. You should expect the Nikon S80 to resolve extra detail having an extra 2MP. Higher resolution will enable you to crop pictures a bit more aggressively. The older S3000 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor technology.

Nikon S3000 vs Nikon S80 sensor size comparison

Nikon S3000 vs Nikon S80 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S3000 vs Nikon S80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S3000 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon S80 as a Portrait photography camera
21
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
33
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
supports face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon S3000 Street photography features
Nikon S80 Street photography features
48
no articulating screen
no image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
has touch to focus
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S3000 Sports photography info
Nikon S80 Sports photography info
17
max frames per second very slow (3.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
40
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14MP)
supports tracking focus
slow fps (1.3 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery life (150 per charge)
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon S3000
Travel photography with Nikon S80
58
flash built-in
reasonably wide (27mm)
no Time Lapse recording
low resolution sensor (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
60
has touch to focus
resolution is good (14MP)
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse function
not so great battery life (150 CIPA)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.6)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S3000 as a Landscape photography camera
Nikon S80 as a Landscape photography camera
28
reasonably wide (27mm)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
small screen (2.7 inches)
lack of manual exposure
no image stabilization
low resolution sensor (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
no Time Lapse recording
36
lovely big screen (3.5 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14MP)
lack of manual focus
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.6)
lack of manual exposure
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
not so great battery life (150 CIPA)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S3000 as a Vlogging camera
Nikon S80 as a Vlogging camera
26
reasonably wide (27mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
screen isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video res low (640 x 480 resolution)
no external mic socket
30
touchscreen functionality
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
wide angle not the best (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.6)
display is not selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have mic socket
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Nikon S3000 vs Nikon S80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S3000 and Nikon S80
 Nikon Coolpix S3000Nikon Coolpix S80
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix S3000 Nikon Coolpix S80
Category Ultracompact Ultracompact
Launched 2010-02-03 2010-09-08
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Expeed C2 Expeed C2
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 14 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 3200 1600
Maximum enhanced ISO - 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 27-108mm (4.0x) 35-175mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.2-5.9 f/3.6-4.8
Macro focusing distance 8cm 7cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.7 inch 3.5 inch
Display resolution 230k dots 819k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology - OLED
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 8 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 3.0 frames per second 1.3 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, Slow Syncro -
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance 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 format Motion JPEG H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 116 grams (0.26 lbs) 133 grams (0.29 lbs)
Physical dimensions 94 x 56 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.7") 99 x 63 x 17mm (3.9" x 2.5" 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
Other
Battery life - 150 photographs
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL10 EN-EL10
Self timer Yes -
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail pricing $150 $191