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Sony S2100 vs Sony S950

Portability
93
Imaging
36
Features
17
Overall
28
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S2100 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S950 front
Portability
94
Imaging
34
Features
17
Overall
27

Sony S2100 vs Sony S950 Key Specs

Sony S2100
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 33-105mm (F3.1-5.6) lens
  • 167g - 98 x 61 x 27mm
  • Announced January 2010
Sony S950
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • No Video
  • 33-132mm (F3.3-5.2) lens
  • 167g - 93 x 56 x 24mm
  • Launched February 2009
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Sony S2100 vs Sony S950 Overview

Lets take a closer look at the Sony S2100 vs Sony S950, both Small Sensor Compact cameras and both of them are built by Sony. The resolution of the S2100 (12MP) and the S950 (10MP) is relatively close and they use the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The S2100 was released 11 months later than the S950 and they are both of a similar age. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving through a detailed comparison, below is a concise summary of how the S2100 matches up versus the S950 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony S2100 over the Sony S950

 S2100 S950 
LaunchedJanuary 2010February 2009More recent by 11 months
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")

Reasons to pick Sony S950 over the Sony S2100

 S950 S2100 
Manually focus Very exact focusing

Common features in the Sony S2100 and Sony S950

 S2100 S950 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kEqual screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch screen No Touch screen

Sony S2100 vs Sony S950 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to lug around your camera frequently, you should factor in its weight and size. The Sony S2100 offers physical measurements of 98mm x 61mm x 27mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs) while the Sony S950 has specifications of 93mm x 56mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") with a weight of 167 grams (0.37 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have at that time. Underneath is the front view sizing comparison of the S2100 compared to the S950.

Sony S2100 vs Sony S950 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the S2100 and S950 is 93 and 94 respectively.

Sony S2100 vs Sony S950 top view buttons comparison

Sony S2100 vs Sony S950 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is hard to imagine the contrast in sensor measurements purely by looking through technical specs. The visual here will offer you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the S2100 and S950.

As you have seen, both cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit different resolution. You can count on the Sony S2100 to render greater detail as a result of its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will let you crop pictures a little more aggressively. The younger S2100 provides a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Sony S2100 vs Sony S950 sensor size comparison

Sony S2100 vs Sony S950 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony S2100 vs Sony S950 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony S2100 Portrait photography advice
Sony S950 Portrait photography advice
21
no manual focus
no manual exposure
cannot use external flash
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
27
you can focus manually
no manual control
no external flash support
MP count low (10MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony S2100 Street photography advice
Sony S950 Street photography advice
47
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
56
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen is fixed
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sony S2100 as a Sports photography camera
Sony S950 as a Sports photography camera
18
low max shutter speed (1/1,200 seconds)
slow fps (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
does not have image stabilization
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
25
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
continuous shooting slow (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
MP count low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony S2100
Travel photography with Sony S950
51
built-in flash
no Timelapse recording
low MP (12 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
wide angle not good (33mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
51
has built in flash
lack of Timelapse function
MP count low (10 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
wide angle not the best (33mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony S2100 Landscape photography advice
Sony S950 Landscape photography advice
28
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
no manual focus
cannot switch lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not good (33mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
no manual exposure
does not have image stabilization
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
no Timelapse recording
32
you can focus manually
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (33mm)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
tiny screen (2.7")
no manual control
MP count low (10MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony S2100 as a Vlogging camera
Sony S950 as a Vlogging camera
22
wide angle not good (33mm)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.1)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
video resolution low (640 x 480 pixels)
no microphone port
9
can't shoot video
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Sony S2100 vs Sony S950 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony S2100 and Sony S950
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S2100Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S950
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model type Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S2100 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S950
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2010-01-07 2009-02-17
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz -
Sensor type CCD CCD
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 12 megapixels 10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 9 9
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 33-105mm (3.2x) 33-132mm (4.0x)
Max aperture f/3.1-5.6 f/3.3-5.2
Macro focusing distance 5cm 10cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 2.7 inches
Screen resolution 230k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 1s 2s
Max shutter speed 1/1200s 1/1600s
Continuous shutter rate 1.0fps 1.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 3.30 m 3.50 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Slow syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) -
Maximum video resolution 640x480 None
Video format Motion JPEG Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 167 grams (0.37 pounds) 167 grams (0.37 pounds)
Dimensions 98 x 61 x 27mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1") 93 x 56 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery ID 2 x AA -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, optional SD, Internal Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots Single Single
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