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Nikon S80 vs Samsung CL5

Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
37
Overall
37
Nikon Coolpix S80 front
 
Samsung CL5 front
Portability
95
Imaging
32
Features
14
Overall
24

Nikon S80 vs Samsung CL5 Key Specs

Nikon S80
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Raise 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
  • Announced September 2010
Samsung CL5
(Full Review)
  • 9MP - 1/2.5" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 38-114mm (F3.5-4.5) lens
  • 141g - 93 x 60 x 19mm
  • Announced February 2009
  • Other Name is PL10
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Nikon S80 vs Samsung CL5 Overview

Here is a comprehensive overview of the Nikon S80 and Samsung CL5, both Ultracompact cameras by brands Nikon and Samsung. There exists a sizeable gap among the resolutions of the S80 (14MP) and CL5 (9MP) and the S80 (1/2.3") and CL5 (1/2.5") offer different sensor measurements.

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The S80 was revealed 19 months later than the CL5 making them a generation apart from one another. Both cameras feature the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before diving into a full comparison, here is a short summary of how the S80 matches up versus the CL5 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S80 over the Samsung CL5

 S80 CL5 
AnnouncedSeptember 2010February 2009Fresher by 19 months
Display size3.5"2.7"Larger display (+0.8")
Display resolution819k230kCrisper display (+589k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Samsung CL5 over the Nikon S80

 CL5 S80 

Common features in the Nikon S80 and Samsung CL5

 S80 CL5 
Manually focus Lack of manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen

Nikon S80 vs Samsung CL5 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to carry your camera frequently, you will have to take into account its weight and proportions. The Nikon S80 features outside measurements of 99mm x 63mm x 17mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.7") with a weight of 133 grams (0.29 lbs) whilst the Samsung CL5 has measurements of 93mm x 60mm x 19mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.7") along with a weight of 141 grams (0.31 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you have during that time. The following is a front view scale comparison of the S80 compared to the CL5.

Nikon S80 vs Samsung CL5 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the S80 and CL5 is 96 and 95 respectively.

Nikon S80 vs Samsung CL5 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S80 vs Samsung CL5 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very difficult to picture the contrast in sensor sizing simply by looking through technical specs. The visual underneath should offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the S80 and CL5.

As you have seen, each of these cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The S80 using its larger sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF less difficult and the Nikon S80 will provide you with extra detail because of its extra 5 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop images way more aggressively. The fresher S80 provides an advantage when it comes to sensor technology.

Nikon S80 vs Samsung CL5 sensor size comparison

Nikon S80 vs Samsung CL5 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S80 vs Samsung CL5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S80 as a Portrait photography camera
Samsung CL5 as a Portrait photography camera
33
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
comes with face detection focus
manual focus not available
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
24
supports face detection focus
lack of manual focus
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
megapixel count low (9MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.5")
doesn't have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon S80 as a Street photography camera
Samsung CL5 as a Street photography camera
63
image stabilization (Optical)
offers touch focus
no moving screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
47
fixed screen
no image stabilization
sensor size is very small (1/2.5")
doesn't have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S80 Sports photography info
Samsung CL5 Sports photography info
40
high shutter speed (1/8,000s)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
max frames per second very slow (1.3 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
bad battery pack (150 shots)
does not have phase detect auto focus
16
lack of shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (9MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.5")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S80 Travel photography advice
Samsung CL5 Travel photography advice
60
offers touch focus
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
flash built-in
doesn't have Timelapse recording
bad battery pack (150 CIPA)
does not have selfie friendly screen
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.6)
51
built-in flash
no Timelapse recording
megapixel count low (9 megapixels)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
wide angle not good (38mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S80 Landscape photography highlights
Samsung CL5 Landscape photography highlights
36
big screen (3.5 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.6)
lack of manual exposure
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
bad battery pack (150 CIPA)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
22
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (38mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not available
no image stabilization
megapixel count low (9 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.5")
doesn't have RAW support
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S80 Vlogging advice
Samsung CL5 Vlogging advice
30
screen is touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focus
wide angle not fantastic (35mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.6)
does not have selfie friendly screen
low quality video (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have external microphone port
25
supports face detection focus
wide angle not good (38mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
video quality not great (640 x 480 resolution)
no external microphone jack
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Nikon S80 vs Samsung CL5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S80 and Samsung CL5
 Nikon Coolpix S80Samsung CL5
General Information
Company Nikon Samsung
Model Nikon Coolpix S80 Samsung CL5
Also Known as - PL10
Category Ultracompact Ultracompact
Announced 2010-09-08 2009-02-23
Body design Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Powered by Expeed C2 -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.5"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 5.744 x 4.308mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 24.7mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 9 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Peak resolution 4320 x 3240 3456 x 2592
Highest native ISO 1600 3200
Highest enhanced ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 80 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 35-175mm (5.0x) 38-114mm (3.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.6-4.8 f/3.5-4.5
Macro focus distance 7cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 6.3
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3.5" 2.7"
Resolution of screen 819k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech OLED -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 16s
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000s 1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed 1.3 frames per sec -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range - 4.00 m
Flash settings - Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 640x480
Video file format H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) none
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 133 grams (0.29 lb) 141 grams (0.31 lb)
Physical dimensions 99 x 63 x 17mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.7") 93 x 60 x 19mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.7")
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 150 pictures -
Battery format Battery Pack -
Battery model EN-EL10 -
Self timer - Yes (10 sec, 2 sec, Double, Motion Timer)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, internal
Storage slots One One
Pricing at release $191 $391