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Nikon S3300 vs Samsung HZ15W

Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
32
Overall
36
Nikon Coolpix S3300 front
 
Samsung HZ15W front
Portability
90
Imaging
35
Features
31
Overall
33

Nikon S3300 vs Samsung HZ15W Key Specs

Nikon S3300
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-156mm (F3.5-6.5) lens
  • 128g - 95 x 58 x 19mm
  • Introduced February 2012
Samsung HZ15W
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-240mm (F3.3-5.8) lens
  • 249g - 105 x 61 x 37mm
  • Announced February 2009
  • Additionally Known as WB550
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Nikon S3300 vs Samsung HZ15W Overview

Below is a complete analysis of the Nikon S3300 vs Samsung HZ15W, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by companies Nikon and Samsung. There exists a sizable gap between the resolutions of the S3300 (16MP) and HZ15W (12MP) but they come with the exact same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The S3300 was introduced 2 years later than the HZ15W and that is quite a significant difference as far as technology is concerned. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving straight into a complete comparison, below is a concise view of how the S3300 grades versus the HZ15W in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S3300 over the Samsung HZ15W

 S3300 HZ15W 
AnnouncedFebruary 2012February 2009More recent by 36 months

Reasons to pick Samsung HZ15W over the Nikon S3300

 HZ15W S3300 
Screen dimension3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S3300 and Samsung HZ15W

 S3300 HZ15W 
Manual focus Dial accurate focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch screen Neither comes with Touch screen

Nikon S3300 vs Samsung HZ15W Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to lug around your camera regularly, you will have to factor its weight and volume. The Nikon S3300 comes with external dimensions of 95mm x 58mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 128 grams (0.28 lbs) whilst the Samsung HZ15W has sizing of 105mm x 61mm x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5") and a weight of 249 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you use at that moment. Below is the front view overall size comparison of the S3300 versus the HZ15W.

Nikon S3300 vs Samsung HZ15W size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the S3300 and HZ15W is 96 and 90 respectively.

Nikon S3300 vs Samsung HZ15W top view buttons comparison

Nikon S3300 vs Samsung HZ15W Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very difficult to picture the difference between sensor measurements just by reading specifications. The graphic here should provide you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the S3300 and HZ15W.

Plainly, each of the cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit different resolution. You can count on the Nikon S3300 to offer you greater detail using its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution will help you crop shots much more aggressively. The younger S3300 should have a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Nikon S3300 vs Samsung HZ15W sensor size comparison

Nikon S3300 vs Samsung HZ15W Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S3300 vs Samsung HZ15W Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S3300 as a Portrait photography camera
Samsung HZ15W as a Portrait photography camera
40
you can focus manually
good resolution (16 megapixels)
supports face detect focusing
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
32
has manual focus
has face detection focus
lack of manual exposure
no external flash support
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon S3300 Street photography highlights
Samsung HZ15W Street photography highlights
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than others (128g)
no moving screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
53
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen is fixed
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
more heavy than competitors (249 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon S3300
Sports photography with Samsung HZ15W
40
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16MP)
supports tracking focus
no shutter priority
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
not so great battery pack (180 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect AF
27
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority mode
resolution not great (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S3300 as a Travel photography camera
Samsung HZ15W as a Travel photography camera
66
lighter than others (128 grams)
good resolution (16MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (26mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
not so great battery pack (180 shots)
display is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
54
flash built-in
quite wide (24mm)
missing Timelapse recording
more heavy than competitors (249 grams)
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S3300 Landscape photography features
Samsung HZ15W Landscape photography features
41
you can focus manually
relatively wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.7")
manual mode not available
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
not so great battery pack (180 shots)
lack of Time Lapse function
41
has manual focus
quite wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
lack of manual exposure
resolution not great (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW support
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S3300 Vlogging advice
Samsung HZ15W Vlogging advice
33
relatively wide (26mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
lighter than others (128g)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of mic jack
29
quite wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detection focus
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external microphone port
more heavy than competitors (249g)
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Nikon S3300 vs Samsung HZ15W Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S3300 and Samsung HZ15W
 Nikon Coolpix S3300Samsung HZ15W
General Information
Company Nikon Samsung
Model type Nikon Coolpix S3300 Samsung HZ15W
Also called as - WB550
Type Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2012-02-01 2009-02-23
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 26-156mm (6.0x) 24-240mm (10.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.5-6.5 f/3.3-5.8
Macro focusing distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 230 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display tech TFT-LCD with Anti-reflection coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 seconds 16 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance - 4.70 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow-sync Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4 Motion JPEG
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
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 128g (0.28 lb) 249g (0.55 lb)
Dimensions 95 x 58 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.7") 105 x 61 x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5")
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 180 shots -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID EN-EL19 -
Self timer Yes Yes (10 sec, 2 sec, Double, Motion Timer)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, internal
Storage slots 1 1
Retail pricing $99 $330