Samsung CL80 vs Sony TX66

Samsung CL80 front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66 front

Samsung CL80 vs Sony TX66 Key Specs

Samsung CL80
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 4800 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 31-217mm (F3.3-5.5) lens
  • 160g - 104 x 58 x 20mm
  • Announced January 2010
  • Alternate Name is ST5500
Sony TX66
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3.3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.5-4.8) lens
  • 109g - 93 x 54 x 13mm
  • Revealed February 2012
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Samsung CL80 vs Sony TX66 Overview

Its time to look more in depth at the Samsung CL80 versus Sony TX66, both Ultracompact cameras by brands Samsung and Sony. There is a crucial difference among the sensor resolutions of the CL80 (14MP) and TX66 (18MP) but both cameras offer the same sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The CL80 was introduced 3 years prior to the TX66 and that is a fairly serious gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both cameras have the same body design (Ultracompact).

Before getting straight to a full comparison, here is a simple highlight of how the CL80 grades versus the TX66 when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Samsung CL80 over the Sony TX66

 CL80 TX66 
Display dimensions3.7"3.3"Larger display (+0.4")

Reasons to pick Sony TX66 over the Samsung CL80

 TX66 CL80 
RevealedFebruary 2012January 2010Fresher by 26 months
Focus manually More accurate focus
Display resolution1230k230kSharper display (+1000k dot)

Common features in the Samsung CL80 and Sony TX66

 CL80 TX66 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Samsung CL80 vs Sony TX66 Physical Comparison

In case you're planning to carry your camera often, you'll need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Samsung CL80 provides exterior measurements of 104mm x 58mm x 20mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") along with a weight of 160 grams (0.35 lbs) while the Sony TX66 has dimensions of 93mm x 54mm x 13mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.5") along with a weight of 109 grams (0.24 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are working with at the time. Following is a front view dimension comparison of the CL80 vs the TX66.

Samsung CL80 vs Sony TX66 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability grade of the CL80 and TX66 is 95 and 97 respectively.

Samsung CL80 vs Sony TX66 top view buttons comparison

Samsung CL80 vs Sony TX66 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it can be difficult to picture the contrast in sensor sizing just by checking out a spec sheet. The graphic underneath might provide you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the CL80 and TX66.

As you can see, both of these cameras have the same sensor dimensions but different resolution. You should anticipate the Sony TX66 to provide greater detail using its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will also allow you to crop images a bit more aggressively. The older CL80 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Samsung CL80 vs Sony TX66 sensor size comparison

Samsung CL80 vs Sony TX66 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung CL80 vs Sony TX66 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung CL80 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony TX66 as a Portrait photography camera
good resolution (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
has manual focus
MP count decent (18MP)
offers face detection autofocus
manual exposure not possible
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Samsung CL80 Street photography info
Sony TX66 Street photography info
has image stabilization (Optical)
features focus by touch
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
more heavy than competition (160 grams)
image stabilization (Optical)
features touch focus
fixed screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Samsung CL80
Sports photography with Sony TX66
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14MP)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (18MP)
offers tracking autofocus
better than average battery (250 shots)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Samsung CL80
Travel photography with Sony TX66
features focus by touch
good resolution (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
doesn't have Timelapse mode
more heavy than competition (160g)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not great (31mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
better than average battery (250 per charge)
features touch focus
MP count decent (18MP)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (26mm)
missing Time Lapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung CL80 Landscape photography advice
Sony TX66 Landscape photography advice
lovely big screen (3.7 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14MP)
manual focus not available
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (31mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
lack of manual mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
doesn't have Timelapse mode
has manual focus
reasonably wide (26mm)
pretty good screen size (3.3")
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (18MP)
better than average battery (250 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
manual exposure not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung CL80 as a Vlogging camera
Sony TX66 as a Vlogging camera
has image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not great (31mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
doesn't have microphone support
more heavy than competition (160 grams)
reasonably wide (26mm)
screen is touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing external mic socket
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Samsung CL80 vs Sony TX66 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung CL80 and Sony TX66
 Samsung CL80Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66
General Information
Brand Name Samsung Sony
Model Samsung CL80 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66
Also referred to as ST5500 -
Category Ultracompact Ultracompact
Announced 2010-01-06 2012-02-28
Physical type Ultracompact Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Chip - 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 megapixel 18 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4334 x 3256 4896 x 3672
Highest native ISO 4800 12800
Highest boosted ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 80 80
RAW support
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Cross focus points - -
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 31-217mm (7.0x) 26-130mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.3-5.5 f/3.5-4.8
Macro focus distance 5cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3.7" 3.3"
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 1,230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Screen technology - XtraFine TruBlack OLED display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Slowest shutter speed 8 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/1500 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting rate - 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.00 m 3.10 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync, Rear Slow Sync
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 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 format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 160 grams (0.35 pounds) 109 grams (0.24 pounds)
Physical dimensions 104 x 58 x 20mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 0.8") 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
Battery life - 250 photos
Battery type - Battery Pack
Battery model SLB-11A NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double, Motion) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse recording
Storage type MicroSD/ MicroSDHC, Internal Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo, microSD/microSDHC
Card slots 1 1
Pricing at launch $400 $350