Nikon S6400 vs Panasonic SZ8

Portability
94
Imaging
41
Features
37
Overall
39
Nikon Coolpix S6400 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 front
Portability
94
Imaging
42
Features
31
Overall
37
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Nikon S6400 vs Panasonic SZ8 Overview

Following is a extensive overview of the Nikon S6400 vs Panasonic SZ8, former is a Ultracompact while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by rivals Nikon and Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the S6400 (16MP) and the SZ8 (16MP) is fairly well matched and both cameras provide the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The S6400 was released 16 months earlier than the SZ8 making them a generation away from each other. Each of these cameras feature different body design with the Nikon S6400 being a Ultracompact camera and the Panasonic SZ8 being a Compact camera.

Before getting right into a in-depth comparison, here is a simple overview of how the S6400 scores vs the SZ8 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Nikon S6400 vs Panasonic SZ8 Key Specs

Nikon S6400
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-300mm (F3.1-6.5) lens
  • 150g - 95 x 58 x 27mm
  • Introduced August 2012
Panasonic SZ8
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Increase to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-288mm (F3.1-6.3) lens
  • 159g - 100 x 60 x 27mm
  • Announced January 2014
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Nikon S6400 vs Panasonic SZ8 Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to carry your camera frequently, you will need to think about its weight and volume. The Nikon S6400 provides outside dimensions of 95mm x 58mm x 27mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.1") having a weight of 150 grams (0.33 lbs) whilst the Panasonic SZ8 has sizing of 100mm x 60mm x 27mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1") with a weight of 159 grams (0.35 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you select at that time. Underneath is the front view proportions comparison of the S6400 and the SZ8.

Nikon S6400 vs Panasonic SZ8 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the S6400 and SZ8 is 94 and 94 respectively.

Nikon S6400 vs Panasonic SZ8 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S6400 vs Panasonic SZ8 Sensor Comparison

Often, its tough to visualize the contrast in sensor sizing purely by seeing specifications. The photograph below will offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the S6400 and SZ8.

To sum up, the two cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the exact same MP therefore you can expect comparable quality of photos although you really should factor the age of the cameras into account. The older S6400 will be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Nikon S6400 vs Panasonic SZ8 sensor size comparison

Nikon S6400 vs Panasonic SZ8 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S6400 vs Panasonic SZ8 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S6400 Portrait photography details
Panasonic SZ8 Portrait photography details
36
resolution is good (16MP)
has face detection focus
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
36
MP count good (16MP)
features face detect focusing
lack of manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon S6400 Street photography features
Panasonic SZ8 Street photography features
56
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
heavier than competition in class (150g)
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (159 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S6400 Sports photography information
Panasonic SZ8 Sports photography information
41
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16MP)
has tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
bad battery pack (160 per charge)
has no phase detect auto focus
35
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
bad battery pack (200 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S6400 Travel photography highlights
Panasonic SZ8 Travel photography highlights
63
resolution is good (16MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (25mm)
great zoom (300mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
bad battery pack (160 CIPA)
heavier than competition in class (150g)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.1)
68
lighter than competition (159 grams)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (24mm)
great zoom (288mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
bad battery pack (200 per charge)
does not feature selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S6400 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic SZ8 as a Landscape photography camera
42
relatively wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
lack of manual mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
bad battery pack (160 per charge)
does not have Time Lapse function
42
quite wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
bad battery pack (200 shots)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S6400 Vlogging details
Panasonic SZ8 Vlogging details
34
relatively wide (25mm)
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
slow max aperture (f3.1)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have external mic port
heavier than competition in class (150 grams)
33
quite wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect focusing
lighter than competition (159g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not feature selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have microphone jack
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Nikon S6400 vs Panasonic SZ8 Specifications

General Information
Brand
Nikon
Panasonic
Model
Nikon Coolpix S6400
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8
Class
Ultracompact
Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced
2012-08-22
2014-01-06
Body design
Ultracompact
Compact
Sensor Information
Processor
Expeed C2
Venus Engine
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
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
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4608 x 3456
4608 x 3456
Max native ISO
3200
1600
Max enhanced ISO
-
6400
Lowest native ISO
125
100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
-
9
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-300mm (12.0x)
24-288mm (12.0x)
Maximum aperture
f/3.1-6.5
f/3.1-6.3
Macro focus distance
10cm
-
Crop factor
5.8
5.9
Screen
Range of display
Fixed Type
Fixed Type
Display size
3 inches
3 inches
Resolution of display
460 thousand dot
460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech
TFT LCD monitor
TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
None
Features
Min shutter speed
4 secs
8 secs
Max shutter speed
1/4000 secs
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter speed
-
1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
-
5.20 m
Flash modes
-
Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p), 320 x 240 (30p)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
1280x720
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
Eye-Fi Connected
Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
150g (0.33 pounds)
159g (0.35 pounds)
Dimensions
95 x 58 x 27mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 1.1")
100 x 60 x 27mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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
160 images
200 images
Type of battery
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery model
EN-EL19
-
Self timer
Yes (10 or 2 seconds)
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots
One
One
Pricing at release
$500
$275