Nikon S800c vs Panasonic TS3

Portability
93
Imaging
41
Features
40
Overall
40
Nikon Coolpix S800c front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 front
Portability
92
Imaging
37
Features
31
Overall
34

Nikon S800c vs Panasonic TS3 Key Specs

Nikon S800c
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.5" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-250mm (F3.2-5.8) lens
  • 184g - 111 x 60 x 27mm
  • Launched February 2013
Panasonic TS3
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 197g - 103 x 64 x 27mm
  • Revealed August 2011
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FT3
  • Previous Model is Panasonic TS2
  • Replacement is Panasonic TS4
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Nikon S800c vs Panasonic TS3 Overview

Its time to take a more detailed look at the Nikon S800c and Panasonic TS3, former is a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Waterproof by competitors Nikon and Panasonic. There is a noticeable difference among the resolutions of the S800c (16MP) and TS3 (12MP) but both cameras have the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The S800c was released 18 months after the TS3 making them a generation away from each other. Both of the cameras have the same body design (Compact).

Before we go straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a simple view of how the S800c matches up versus the TS3 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S800c over the Panasonic TS3

 S800c TS3 
RevealedFebruary 2013August 2011Newer by 18 months
Display dimensions3.5"2.7"Larger display (+0.8")
Display resolution819k230kSharper display (+589k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Panasonic TS3 over the Nikon S800c

 TS3 S800c 

Common features in the Nikon S800c and Panasonic TS3

 S800c TS3 
Manual focus Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen

Nikon S800c vs Panasonic TS3 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to travel with your camera, you should factor its weight and proportions. The Nikon S800c has got external dimensions of 111mm x 60mm x 27mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 1.1") having a weight of 184 grams (0.41 lbs) while the Panasonic TS3 has measurements of 103mm x 64mm x 27mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.1") with a weight of 197 grams (0.43 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you select during that time. Following is a front view dimensions comparison of the S800c against the TS3.

Nikon S800c vs Panasonic TS3 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the S800c and TS3 is 93 and 92 respectively.

Nikon S800c vs Panasonic TS3 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S800c vs Panasonic TS3 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very difficult to envision the difference in sensor dimensions only by going through specs. The image here will provide you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the S800c and TS3.

As you can plainly see, both of these cameras have the same sensor dimensions but not the same resolution. You can anticipate the Nikon S800c to show extra detail as a result of its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will help you crop images a bit more aggressively. The younger S800c will have a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Nikon S800c vs Panasonic TS3 sensor size comparison

Nikon S800c vs Panasonic TS3 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S800c vs Panasonic TS3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon S800c
Portrait photography with Panasonic TS3
36
MP count good (16 megapixels)
provides face detect focusing
manual focus not available
no manual control
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
22
no manual focus
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon S800c as a Street photography camera
Panasonic TS3 as a Street photography camera
57
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
61
image stabilization (Optical)
weather proof
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S800c Sports photography features
Panasonic TS3 Sports photography features
41
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
no shutter priority
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
low battery pack (140 shots)
no phase detect AF
38
image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking autofocus
weather proof
better than average battery power (310 shots)
max shutter speed is low (1/1,300 seconds)
continuous shooting slow (4.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon S800c
Travel photography with Panasonic TS3
65
MP count good (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (25mm)
very long zoom (250mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
low battery pack (140 per charge)
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
64
better than average battery power (310 CIPA)
weather proof
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S800c as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic TS3 as a Landscape photography camera
42
quite wide (25mm)
very good size screen (3.5")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count good (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
no manual control
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
low battery pack (140 shots)
lack of Time Lapse mode
39
relatively wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
weather proof
better than average battery power (310 CIPA)
no manual focus
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
tiny screen (2.7 inch)
manual exposure not possible
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon S800c as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic TS3 as a Vlogging camera
35
quite wide (25mm)
touchscreen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of mic support
32
relatively wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have external mic jack
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Nikon S800c vs Panasonic TS3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S800c and Panasonic TS3
 Nikon Coolpix S800cPanasonic Lumix DMC-TS3
General Information
Brand Nikon Panasonic
Model Nikon Coolpix S800c Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3
Also referred to as - Lumix DMC-FT3
Type Small Sensor Compact Waterproof
Launched 2013-02-04 2011-08-16
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by Expeed C2 Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 3200 6400
Min native ISO 125 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 9 11
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-250mm (10.0x) 28-128mm (4.6x)
Maximum aperture f/3.2-5.8 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus distance 10cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3.5 inches 2.7 inches
Resolution of display 819k dot 230k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display technology OLED panel with Anti-reflection coating TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 60s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1300s
Continuous shooting speed 8.0 frames per second 4.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range - 5.60 m
Flash modes - Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 184 gr (0.41 pounds) 197 gr (0.43 pounds)
Physical dimensions 111 x 60 x 27mm (4.4" x 2.4" x 1.1") 103 x 64 x 27mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.1")
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 140 photographs 310 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL12 -
Self timer Yes (10 or 2 seconds) Yes
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
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