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Nikon W300 vs Samsung HZ15W

Portability
91
Imaging
42
Features
44
Overall
42
Nikon Coolpix W300 front
 
Samsung HZ15W front
Portability
90
Imaging
35
Features
31
Overall
33

Nikon W300 vs Samsung HZ15W Key Specs

Nikon W300
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.8-4.9) lens
  • 231g - 112 x 66 x 29mm
  • Launched May 2017
Samsung HZ15W
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-240mm (F3.3-5.8) lens
  • 249g - 105 x 61 x 37mm
  • Launched February 2009
  • Additionally Known as WB550
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Nikon W300 vs Samsung HZ15W Overview

Below, we will be reviewing the Nikon W300 and Samsung HZ15W, one being a Waterproof and the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by competitors Nikon and Samsung. There is a sizeable difference between the image resolutions of the W300 (16MP) and HZ15W (12MP) but they use the exact same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The W300 was unveiled 8 years later than the HZ15W and that is quite a large gap as far as tech is concerned. Both the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting in to a thorough comparison, below is a brief overview of how the W300 matches up against the HZ15W with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon W300 over the Samsung HZ15W

 W300 HZ15W 
LaunchedMay 2017February 2009More recent by 101 months
Screen resolution921k460kCrisper screen (+461k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung HZ15W over the Nikon W300

 HZ15W W300 
Focus manually Dial accurate focus

Common features in the Nikon W300 and Samsung HZ15W

 W300 HZ15W 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen dimensions
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither offers Touch friendly screen

Nikon W300 vs Samsung HZ15W Physical Comparison

In case you're looking to lug around your camera frequently, you will have to factor its weight and proportions. The Nikon W300 offers physical measurements of 112mm x 66mm x 29mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 231 grams (0.51 lbs) whilst the Samsung HZ15W has measurements of 105mm x 61mm x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5") with a weight of 249 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have at that time. The following is the front view physical size comparison of the W300 vs the HZ15W.

Nikon W300 vs Samsung HZ15W size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the W300 and HZ15W is 91 and 90 respectively.

Nikon W300 vs Samsung HZ15W top view buttons comparison

Nikon W300 vs Samsung HZ15W Sensor Comparison

Often, it is hard to see the difference between sensor measurements simply by checking specs. The photograph here should give you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the W300 and HZ15W.

As you can plainly see, both cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same resolution. You should count on the Nikon W300 to give greater detail having an extra 4MP. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop pictures much more aggressively. The more recent W300 is going to have an advantage in sensor technology.

Nikon W300 vs Samsung HZ15W sensor size comparison

Nikon W300 vs Samsung HZ15W Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon W300 vs Samsung HZ15W Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon W300
Portrait photography with Samsung HZ15W
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decent megapixels (16MP)
provides face detect focus
focusing manually not possible
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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focusing manually
comes with face detect autofocus
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
MP count low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon W300 Street photography advice
Samsung HZ15W Street photography advice
62
image stabilization (Optical)
weather proofing
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
53
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no moving screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
more heavy than competitors in class (249 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Nikon W300 Sports photography information
Samsung HZ15W Sports photography information
49
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
provides tracking focus
weather proofing
no shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
27
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority
MP count low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon W300 Travel photography features
Samsung HZ15W Travel photography features
73
weather proofing
connects via bluetooth
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
rather wide (24mm)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.8)
54
built-in flash
rather wide (24mm)
does not have Timelapse function
more heavy than competitors in class (249 grams)
MP count low (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon W300
Landscape photography with Samsung HZ15W
48
rather wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16MP)
weather proofing
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
no manual exposure
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files
41
focusing manually
rather wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
lack of manual mode
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon W300 as a Vlogging camera
Samsung HZ15W as a Vlogging camera
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rather wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
slow max aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
missing microphone support
29
rather wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detect autofocus
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
does not have microphone jack
more heavy than competitors in class (249 grams)
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Nikon W300 vs Samsung HZ15W Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon W300 and Samsung HZ15W
 Nikon Coolpix W300Samsung HZ15W
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Samsung
Model Nikon Coolpix W300 Samsung HZ15W
Also called - WB550
Class Waterproof Small Sensor Compact
Launched 2017-05-31 2009-02-23
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type - CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 6400 3200
Lowest native ISO 125 80
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-120mm (5.0x) 24-240mm (10.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-4.9 f/3.3-5.8
Macro focus range 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 921k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 1 secs 16 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 7.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.20 m (at Auto ISO) 4.70 m
Flash settings - Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Built-in None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 231g (0.51 lbs) 249g (0.55 lbs)
Dimensions 112 x 66 x 29mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.1") 105 x 61 x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5")
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 280 photos -
Battery format Built-in -
Battery model EN-EL12 -
Self timer Yes (2, 5 and 10 secs) Yes (10 sec, 2 sec, Double, Motion Timer)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage Onboard + SD/SDHC/SDXC card SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, internal
Storage slots One One
Pricing at launch $387 $330