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Nikon S80 vs Sony TX55

Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
37
Overall
37
Nikon Coolpix S80 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55 front
Portability
97
Imaging
39
Features
46
Overall
41

Nikon S80 vs Sony TX55 Key Specs

Nikon S80
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 35-175mm (F3.6-4.8) lens
  • 133g - 99 x 63 x 17mm
  • Revealed September 2010
Sony TX55
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.5-4.8) lens
  • 109g - 93 x 54 x 13mm
  • Released July 2011
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Nikon S80 vs Sony TX55 Overview

The following is a in depth assessment of the Nikon S80 versus Sony TX55, both Ultracompact digital cameras by manufacturers Nikon and Sony. The image resolution of the S80 (14MP) and the TX55 (16MP) is fairly well matched and both cameras offer the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The S80 was announced 10 months earlier than the TX55 which means that they are of a similar age. Both cameras have the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before diving right into a full comparison, here is a quick synopsis of how the S80 matches up against the TX55 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S80 over the Sony TX55

 S80 TX55 
Display dimensions3.5"3.3"Larger display (+0.2")

Reasons to pick Sony TX55 over the Nikon S80

 TX55 S80 
ReleasedJuly 2011September 2010Newer by 10 months
Manually focus Very precise focus
Display resolution1230k819kClearer display (+411k dot)

Common features in the Nikon S80 and Sony TX55

 S80 TX55 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Nikon S80 vs Sony TX55 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to travel with your camera often, you'll need to factor in its weight and volume. The Nikon S80 has external dimensions of 99mm x 63mm x 17mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.7") along with a weight of 133 grams (0.29 lbs) and the Sony TX55 has sizing of 93mm x 54mm x 13mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.5") having a weight of 109 grams (0.24 lbs).

Take a look at the Nikon S80 versus Sony TX55 in our completely new Camera plus Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you use at the time. Below is a front view physical size comparison of the S80 against the TX55.

Nikon S80 vs Sony TX55 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability score of the S80 and TX55 is 96 and 97 respectively.

Nikon S80 vs Sony TX55 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S80 vs Sony TX55 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is very hard to see the gap between sensor dimensions purely by reading through a spec sheet. The picture underneath will help provide you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the S80 and TX55.

As you can see, both of those cameras have the same sensor dimensions but not the same resolution. You can anticipate the Sony TX55 to give greater detail with its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop images a bit more aggressively. The more aged S80 is going to be behind in sensor technology.

Nikon S80 vs Sony TX55 sensor size comparison

Nikon S80 vs Sony TX55 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S80 vs Sony TX55 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S80 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony TX55 as a Portrait photography camera
33
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
has face detection autofocus
focusing manually not possible
no manual mode
external flash not possible
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
36
has manual focus
good MP (16 megapixels)
no manual mode
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon S80 Street photography factors
Sony TX55 Street photography factors
63
has image stabilization (Optical)
has focus by touch
no moving screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
58
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S80 Sports photography info
Sony TX55 Sports photography info
40
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
has tracking autofocus
slow continuous shooting (1.3 frames/s)
no shutter priority
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
low battery power (150 CIPA)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
44
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
great battery (250 CIPA)
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S80 Travel photography factors
Sony TX55 Travel photography factors
60
has focus by touch
resolution is good (14MP)
has built in flash
no Time Lapse recording
low battery power (150 shots)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.6)
69
great battery (250 per charge)
good MP (16MP)
has built in flash
quite wide (26mm)
no Time Lapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S80 Landscape photography information
Sony TX55 Landscape photography information
36
bigger than average screen (3.5 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
resolution is good (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.6)
no manual mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
low battery power (150 per charge)
no Time Lapse recording
50
has manual focus
quite wide (26mm)
pretty good screen size (3.3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
great battery (250 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
no manual mode
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S80 Vlogging advice
Sony TX55 Vlogging advice
30
touchscreen capability
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detection autofocus
wide angle not good (35mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.6)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external mic port
34
quite wide (26mm)
touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
no mic socket
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Nikon S80 vs Sony TX55 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S80 and Sony TX55
 Nikon Coolpix S80Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55
General Information
Company Nikon Sony
Model Nikon Coolpix S80 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX55
Type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Revealed 2010-09-08 2011-07-24
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 area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing 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 80 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points - 9
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 35-175mm (5.0x) 26-130mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.6-4.8 f/3.5-4.8
Macro focus range 7cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3.5 inches 3.3 inches
Resolution of display 819 thousand dots 1,230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology OLED XtraFine OLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting rate 1.3 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 3.70 m
Flash settings - Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance 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 (60fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720 (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file 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
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 133g (0.29 lb) 109g (0.24 lb)
Physical dimensions 99 x 63 x 17mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.7") 93 x 54 x 13mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.5")
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 photographs 250 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL10 NP-BN
Self timer - Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal microSD/SDHC, Memory Stick Micro
Card slots Single Single
Price at launch $191 $350