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Nikon S70 vs Nikon S80

Portability
95
Imaging
35
Features
26
Overall
31
Nikon Coolpix S70 front
 
Nikon Coolpix S80 front
Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
37
Overall
37

Nikon S70 vs Nikon S80 Key Specs

Nikon S70
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Push to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-5.8) lens
  • 160g - 97 x 61 x 20mm
  • Launched August 2009
Nikon S80
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Bump 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
  • Released September 2010
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Nikon S70 vs Nikon S80 Overview

On this page, we are comparing the Nikon S70 and Nikon S80, both Ultracompact digital cameras and both of them are sold by Nikon. The sensor resolution of the S70 (12MP) and the S80 (14MP) is fairly well matched and both cameras offer the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The S70 was announced 13 months prior to the S80 making them a generation away from each other. Both cameras have the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before going into a more detailed comparison, here is a quick view of how the S70 matches up against the S80 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S70 over the Nikon S80

 S70 S80 

Reasons to pick Nikon S80 over the Nikon S70

 S80 S70 
ReleasedSeptember 2010August 2009More modern by 13 months
Display resolution819k288kCrisper display (+531k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S70 and Nikon S80

 S70 S80 
Manually focus Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3.5"3.5"Equal display measurements
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Nikon S70 vs Nikon S80 Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to carry around your camera regularly, you will have to factor in its weight and dimensions. The Nikon S70 provides outside measurements of 97mm x 61mm x 20mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 0.8") along with a weight of 160 grams (0.35 lbs) whilst the Nikon S80 has dimensions of 99mm x 63mm x 17mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.7") with a weight of 133 grams (0.29 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have at that time. The following is a front view size comparison of the S70 compared to the S80.

Nikon S70 vs Nikon S80 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability grade of the S70 and S80 is 95 and 96 respectively.

Nikon S70 vs Nikon S80 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S70 vs Nikon S80 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's hard to imagine the gap between sensor sizes simply by checking a spec sheet. The image underneath might provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the S70 and S80.

Clearly, both of those cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but different resolution. You should anticipate the Nikon S80 to give greater detail with its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop images more aggressively. The more aged S70 is going to be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Nikon S70 vs Nikon S80 sensor size comparison

Nikon S70 vs Nikon S80 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S70 vs Nikon S80 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S70 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon S80 as a Portrait photography camera
21
no manual focus
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
33
megapixel count good (14MP)
supports face detect focusing
focusing manually not possible
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
Photography Glossary

Street Comparison

Nikon S70 as a Street photography camera
Nikon S80 as a Street photography camera
55
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
heavier than competitors in class (160g)
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes touch focus
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S70 as a Sports photography camera
Nikon S80 as a Sports photography camera
34
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Optical)
no shutter priority
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
40
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
painfully slow continuous shooting (1.3 fps)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
bad battery (150 shots)
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon S70
Travel photography with Nikon S80
56
built-in flash
really wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than competitors in class (160g)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
60
includes touch focus
megapixel count good (14MP)
built-in flash
lack of Time Lapse mode
bad battery (150 CIPA)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.6)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S70 Landscape photography info
Nikon S80 Landscape photography info
37
really wide (28mm)
screen larger than average (3.5")
image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
manual mode not available
MP count low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
no Time Lapse mode
36
big screen (3.5 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.6)
manual exposure not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support
bad battery (150 shots)
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S70 Vlogging highlights
Nikon S80 Vlogging highlights
30
really wide (28mm)
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)
screen is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external mic socket
heavier than competitors in class (160 grams)
30
touchscreen capability
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focusing
wide angle not good (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.6)
display isn't selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of mic jack
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Nikon S70 vs Nikon S80 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S70 and Nikon S80
 Nikon Coolpix S70Nikon Coolpix S80
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon Coolpix S70 Nikon Coolpix S80
Category Ultracompact Ultracompact
Launched 2009-08-04 2010-09-08
Body design Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Expeed 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 area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3
Full resolution 4000 x 3000 4320 x 3240
Max native ISO 1600 1600
Max boosted ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-140mm (5.0x) 35-175mm (5.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.9-5.8 f/3.6-4.8
Macro focus distance 3cm 7cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3.5 inch 3.5 inch
Display resolution 288 thousand dot 819 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology - OLED
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed - 1.3 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 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)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format Motion JPEG H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
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 proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 160 gr (0.35 lb) 133 gr (0.29 lb)
Physical dimensions 97 x 61 x 20mm (3.8" x 2.4" x 0.8") 99 x 63 x 17mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.7")
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 - 150 photos
Battery format - Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL12 EN-EL10
Self timer Yes -
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Retail cost $290 $191