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Nikon S80 vs Sony TX20

Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
37
Overall
37
Nikon Coolpix S80 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 front
Portability
96
Imaging
39
Features
50
Overall
43

Nikon S80 vs Sony TX20 Key Specs

Nikon S80
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Increase 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
  • Launched September 2010
Sony TX20
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-100mm (F3.5-4.6) lens
  • 133g - 96 x 56 x 18mm
  • Announced February 2012
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Nikon S80 vs Sony TX20 Overview

Lets look a bit more in depth at the Nikon S80 versus Sony TX20, both Ultracompact cameras by competitors Nikon and Sony. The resolution of the S80 (14MP) and the TX20 (16MP) is pretty comparable and they feature the same exact sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The S80 was announced 17 months earlier than the TX20 which makes the cameras a generation away from one another. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Ultracompact).

Before diving straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a concise highlight of how the S80 grades against the TX20 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S80 over the Sony TX20

 S80 TX20 
Screen sizing3.5"3"Bigger screen (+0.5")

Reasons to pick Sony TX20 over the Nikon S80

 TX20 S80 
AnnouncedFebruary 2012September 2010Newer by 17 months
Manually focus Dial accurate focus
Screen resolution922k819kClearer screen (+103k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S80 and Sony TX20

 S80 TX20 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Nikon S80 vs Sony TX20 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to travel with your camera often, you are going to need to take into account its weight and proportions. The Nikon S80 provides physical measurements of 99mm x 63mm x 17mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.7") and a weight of 133 grams (0.29 lbs) and the Sony TX20 has measurements of 96mm x 56mm x 18mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7") along with a weight of 133 grams (0.29 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Below is the front view dimensions comparison of the S80 vs the TX20.

Nikon S80 vs Sony TX20 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the S80 and TX20 is 96 and 96 respectively.

Nikon S80 vs Sony TX20 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S80 vs Sony TX20 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it can be hard to imagine the difference in sensor dimensions only by checking out a spec sheet. The image below should offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the S80 and TX20.

Clearly, the 2 cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit different MP. You should expect the Sony TX20 to provide more detail with its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop shots a little more aggressively. The more aged S80 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Nikon S80 vs Sony TX20 sensor size comparison

Nikon S80 vs Sony TX20 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S80 vs Sony TX20 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon S80
Portrait photography with Sony TX20
33
megapixel count good (14MP)
comes with face detect focus
manual focus not available
no manual mode
no external flash support
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
40
has manual focus
MP count decent (16MP)
offers face detect autofocus
manual exposure not available
can't use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Nikon S80
Street photography with Sony TX20
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with touch to focus
screen does not articulate
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
67
has image stabilization (Optical)
features touch focus
environment proofing
no moving screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S80 Sports photography factors
Sony TX20 Sports photography factors
40
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
comes with tracking focus
max fps very slow (1.3 fps)
no shutter priority
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
not so great battery life (150 CIPA)
lack of phase detect auto focus
50
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
offers tracking focus
environment proofing
good battery power (250 per charge)
no shutter priority
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S80 Travel photography details
Sony TX20 Travel photography details
60
comes with touch to focus
megapixel count good (14MP)
built-in flash
doesn't have Timelapse mode
not so great battery life (150 shots)
display is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.6)
72
good battery power (250 per charge)
environment proofing
features touch focus
MP count decent (16MP)
built-in flash
rather wide (25mm)
lack of Time Lapse recording
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S80 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony TX20 as a Landscape photography camera
36
very good size screen (3.5 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14MP)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.6)
no manual mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
not so great battery life (150 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
52
has manual focus
rather wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
environment proofing
good battery power (250 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not available
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S80 Vlogging factors
Sony TX20 Vlogging factors
30
touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect focus
wide angle not the best (35mm)
slow maximum aperture (f3.6)
display is not selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have microphone port
35
rather wide (25mm)
touchscreen
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
lack of mic socket
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Nikon S80 vs Sony TX20 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S80 and Sony TX20
 Nikon Coolpix S80Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
General Information
Make Nikon Sony
Model type Nikon Coolpix S80 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20
Type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Launched 2010-09-08 2012-02-28
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Processor Expeed C2 BIONZ
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4320 x 3240 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 1600 3200
Highest boosted ISO 6400 -
Minimum native ISO 80 125
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 35-175mm (5.0x) 25-100mm (4.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.6-4.8 f/3.5-4.6
Macro focusing distance 7cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3.5 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 819 thousand dots 922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology OLED XtraFine TruBlack TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 4s
Highest shutter speed 1/8000s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting rate 1.3fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance - 3.70 m
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 133 gr (0.29 lb) 133 gr (0.29 lb)
Dimensions 99 x 63 x 17mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.7") 96 x 56 x 18mm (3.8" x 2.2" x 0.7")
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 150 images 250 images
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL10 NP-BN
Self timer - Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Price at launch $191 $330