Nikon S6100 vs Sigma SD15

Portability
93
Imaging
40
Features
39
Overall
39
Nikon Coolpix S6100 front
 
Sigma SD15 front
Portability
59
Imaging
46
Features
45
Overall
45

Nikon S6100 vs Sigma SD15 Key Specs

Nikon S6100
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-196mm (F3.7-5.6) lens
  • 175g - 98 x 58 x 27mm
  • Released February 2011
Sigma SD15
(Full Review)
  • 5MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Expand to 3200)
  • No Video
  • Sigma SA Mount
  • 750g - 144 x 107 x 81mm
  • Introduced February 2010
  • Succeeded the Sigma SD14
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Nikon S6100 vs Sigma SD15 Overview

Lets look a little more closely at the Nikon S6100 and Sigma SD15, one being a Small Sensor Compact and the other is a Advanced DSLR by companies Nikon and Sigma. There is a significant difference between the sensor resolutions of the S6100 (16MP) and SD15 (5MP) and the S6100 (1/2.3") and SD15 (APS-C) posses totally different sensor dimensions.

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The S6100 was announced 12 months later than the SD15 and they are both of a similar generation. The two cameras feature different body design with the Nikon S6100 being a Compact camera and the Sigma SD15 being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before going right into a in-depth comparison, here is a short introduction of how the S6100 scores vs the SD15 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S6100 over the Sigma SD15

 S6100 SD15 
IntroducedFebruary 2011February 2010Fresher by 12 months
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sigma SD15 over the Nikon S6100

 SD15 S6100 

Common features in the Nikon S6100 and Sigma SD15

 S6100 SD15 
Focus manually Dial precise focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display sizing
Display resolution460k460kIdentical display resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Nikon S6100 vs Sigma SD15 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to carry your camera regularly, you will need to think about its weight and size. The Nikon S6100 has exterior measurements of 98mm x 58mm x 27mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 175 grams (0.39 lbs) and the Sigma SD15 has specifications of 144mm x 107mm x 81mm (5.7" x 4.2" x 3.2") accompanied by a weight of 750 grams (1.65 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you have chosen at that moment. Underneath is a front view overall size comparison of the S6100 vs the SD15.

Nikon S6100 vs Sigma SD15 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the S6100 and SD15 is 93 and 59 respectively.

Nikon S6100 vs Sigma SD15 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S6100 vs Sigma SD15 Sensor Comparison

Usually, its tough to envision the gap between sensor sizing only by reading through a spec sheet. The photograph here should provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the S6100 and SD15.

As you can see, both the cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The S6100 having a tinier sensor will make achieving shallow depth of field tougher and the Nikon S6100 will resolve extra detail with its extra 11MP. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The newer S6100 will have an advantage in sensor tech.

Nikon S6100 vs Sigma SD15 sensor size comparison

Nikon S6100 vs Sigma SD15 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S6100 vs Sigma SD15 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S6100 Portrait photography factors
Sigma SD15 Portrait photography factors
41
you can focus manually
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
offers face detect focus
no manual mode
can't use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
51
has manual focus
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no liveview
MP count low (5MP)
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Street Comparison

Nikon S6100 as a Street photography camera
Sigma SD15 as a Street photography camera
62
has image stabilization (Optical)
boasts focus by touch
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
53
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business

Sports Comparison

Nikon S6100 Sports photography advice
Sigma SD15 Sports photography advice
38
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
low frames per second (1.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
low battery life (210 CIPA)
does not have phase detect auto focus
39
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
sensor has phase detect AF
no liveview
max frames per second very slow (3.0 frames per second)
no image stabilization
MP count low (5MP)
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S6100 as a Travel photography camera
Sigma SD15 as a Travel photography camera
65
boasts focus by touch
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
rather wide (28mm)
no Timelapse function
low battery life (210 shots)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.7)
42
flash built-in
doesn't have Time Lapse function
MP count low (5 megapixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S6100 Landscape photography factors
Sigma SD15 Landscape photography factors
46
you can focus manually
rather wide (28mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.7)
no manual mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
low battery life (210 per charge)
no Timelapse function
52
has manual focus
change lenses (Sigma SA mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no liveview
no image stabilization
MP count low (5MP)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon S6100
Vlogging with Sigma SD15
32
rather wide (28mm)
touchscreen functionality
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focus
sluggish max aperture (f3.7)
screen is not selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no microphone socket
9
lack of video recording
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Nikon S6100 vs Sigma SD15 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S6100 and Sigma SD15
 Nikon Coolpix S6100Sigma SD15
General Information
Company Nikon Sigma
Model Nikon Coolpix S6100 Sigma SD15
Class Small Sensor Compact Advanced DSLR
Released 2011-02-09 2010-02-20
Physical type Compact Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Powered by Expeed C2 True II
Sensor type CCD CMOS (Foveon X3)
Sensor size 1/2.3" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 20.7 x 13.8mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 285.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 5MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 3:2
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 2640 x 1760
Max native ISO 3200 1600
Max boosted ISO - 3200
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW images
Lowest boosted ISO - 50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens Sigma SA
Lens focal range 28-196mm (7.0x) -
Highest aperture f/3.7-5.6 -
Macro focus range 3cm -
Number of lenses - 76
Crop factor 5.8 1.7
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 460 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology TFT touchscreen LCD with Anti-reflection coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage - 96%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.6x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames/s 3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 4.50 m -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye -
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize - 1/180 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720p (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps) -
Max video resolution 1280x720 None
Video file format MPEG-4, Motion JPEG -
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 175 grams (0.39 lbs) 750 grams (1.65 lbs)
Physical dimensions 98 x 58 x 27mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 1.1") 144 x 107 x 81mm (5.7" x 4.2" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 210 images -
Type of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model EN-EL12 -
Self timer Yes Yes (10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC card
Card slots 1 1
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