Nikon S9900 vs Pentax XG-1

Portability
88
Imaging
42
Features
60
Overall
49
Nikon Coolpix S9900 front
 
Pentax XG-1 front
Portability
66
Imaging
42
Features
37
Overall
40
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Nikon S9900 vs Pentax XG-1 Overview

Let's look a bit more closely at the Nikon S9900 versus Pentax XG-1, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by competitors Nikon and Pentax. The sensor resolution of the S9900 (16MP) and the XG-1 (16MP) is relatively well matched and both cameras provide the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The S9900 was manufactured 7 months after the XG-1 which means that they are of a similar generation. Both cameras feature different body design with the Nikon S9900 being a Compact camera and the Pentax XG-1 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before getting straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a simple summary of how the S9900 scores against the XG-1 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Nikon S9900 vs Pentax XG-1 Key Specs

Nikon S9900
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-750mm (F3.7-6.4) lens
  • 289g - 112 x 66 x 40mm
  • Launched February 2015
  • Superseded the Nikon S9700
Pentax XG-1
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1248mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 567g - 119 x 89 x 98mm
  • Introduced July 2014
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Nikon S9900 vs Pentax XG-1 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry your camera regularly, you will want to take into account its weight and volume. The Nikon S9900 offers outer dimensions of 112mm x 66mm x 40mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6") along with a weight of 289 grams (0.64 lbs) whilst the Pentax XG-1 has sizing of 119mm x 89mm x 98mm (4.7" x 3.5" x 3.9") accompanied by a weight of 567 grams (1.25 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are working with during that time. The following is the front view physical size comparison of the S9900 against the XG-1.

Nikon S9900 vs Pentax XG-1 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the S9900 and XG-1 is 88 and 66 respectively.

Nikon S9900 vs Pentax XG-1 top view buttons comparison

Nikon S9900 vs Pentax XG-1 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it can be tough to imagine the gap between sensor sizing simply by going over technical specs. The visual here should give you a stronger sense of the sensor sizes in the S9900 and XG-1.

As you have seen, both of those cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the identical resolution and you can expect similar quality of files however you should really factor the age of the products into consideration. The fresher S9900 provides an advantage with regard to sensor innovation.

Nikon S9900 vs Pentax XG-1 sensor size comparison

Nikon S9900 vs Pentax XG-1 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S9900 vs Pentax XG-1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S9900 Portrait photography info
Pentax XG-1 Portrait photography info
38
decent MP (16MP)
comes with face detection autofocus
manual focus not available
external flash not possible
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
41
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
can't use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon S9900 as a Street photography camera
Pentax XG-1 as a Street photography camera
68
screen can move to multiple angles
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (289 grams)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
44
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen does not articulate
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
more heavy than competition in class (567 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S9900 as a Sports photography camera
Pentax XG-1 as a Sports photography camera
54
great zoom range (25-750mm 30.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
comes with tracking autofocus
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
46
great zoom range (24-1248mm 52.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
terrible battery pack (240 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon S9900 Travel photography advice
Pentax XG-1 Travel photography advice
77
lighter than competition in class (289 grams)
decent MP (16MP)
flash built-in
display is selfie friendly
really wide (25mm)
great zoom (750mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.7)
52
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (24mm)
great zoom (1248mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
terrible battery pack (240 per charge)
more heavy than competition in class (567 grams)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S9900 Landscape photography details
Pentax XG-1 Landscape photography details
47
really wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.7)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
46
manual focus
rather wide (24mm)
decent sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
terrible battery pack (240 CIPA)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon S9900
Vlogging with Pentax XG-1
73
really wide (25mm)
display is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition in class (289 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.7)
lack of external microphone jack
25
rather wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have microphone jack
more heavy than competition in class (567g)
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Nikon S9900 vs Pentax XG-1 Specifications

General Information
Company
Nikon
Pentax
Model
Nikon Coolpix S9900
Pentax XG-1
Class
Small Sensor Superzoom
Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched
2015-02-10
2014-07-15
Body design
Compact
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area
28.1mm²
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
16MP
16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4608 x 3456
4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO
6400
3200
Lowest native ISO
100
100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-750mm (30.0x)
24-1248mm (52.0x)
Max aperture
f/3.7-6.4
f/2.8-5.6
Macro focus distance
1cm
1cm
Crop factor
5.8
5.8
Screen
Screen type
Fully Articulated
Fixed Type
Screen size
3 inch
3 inch
Resolution of screen
921 thousand dot
460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
Electronic
Viewfinder resolution
-
200 thousand dot
Features
Min shutter speed
8s
4s
Max shutter speed
1/4000s
1/2000s
Continuous shutter speed
7.0 frames per sec
9.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
6.00 m (at Auto ISO)
6.00 m
Flash settings
-
Force Off, Flash Auto, Force Flash, Slow Sync., Slow Sync. + Red-Eye, Red-Eye Reduction
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60i, 50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (120 fps)
Highest video resolution
1920x1080
1920x1080
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
BuiltIn
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
289g (0.64 lbs)
567g (1.25 lbs)
Dimensions
112 x 66 x 40mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.6")
119 x 89 x 98mm (4.7" x 3.5" x 3.9")
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
300 photographs
240 photographs
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery model
EN-EL19
LB-060
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC
SD/SDHC
Storage slots
Single
Single
Cost at release
$300
$599