- 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
- 3.5" Fixed Display
- ISO 125 - 3200
- Optical Image Stabilization
- 1920 x 1080 video
- 28-140mm (F3.9-4.8) lens
- 175g - 99 x 65 x 18mm
- Launched August 2011
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- Size Comparison
Nikon S100 overview
Nikon S100 is Nikon's Small Sensor Compact camera originally revealed on August of 2011. The camera comes with a 16MP, CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4608 x 3456.
The S100 stands at #37 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & all round #713 out of 1459 for cameras in our list. You can try out our Advanced camera search to see camera results based on your customized requirements.
Below is a diagram of specific criteria used in the scoring system.
Nikon S100 family
The Nikon S100 is part of a family of cameras. You can see the detailed range underneath.
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Nikon S100 Gallery
You can check the S100 from various angles in the gallery below.
Nikon S100 Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of advantages and disadvantages of the Nikon S100 based on criterias which are usually seen as useful in a camera.
Nikon S100 Sensor details
The Nikon S100 is powered by the Expeed C2 chip. The spec of the sensor on the Nikon S100 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels . The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can produce cropping.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
The CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and gives a native ISO range of 125 to 3200. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported which means that the user has less margin for error.
The graphic underneath illustrates the S100's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The S100 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is pointed out in green.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Nikon S100 dimensions
Nikon S100 weighs about 0.39 lbs (175 grams / 6.17 oz) & the volume of the camera is 99mm x 65mm x 18mm (3.9" x 2.6" x 0.7"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Nikon S100 is very similar when compared with various rivals.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
Underneath is a picture of the Nikon S100 next to a soft drink so you're able to get a sense of its scale.
The top view underneath will provide the button layout on the S100.
Nikon S100 Lens specs
The S100 includes a built in lens and it has a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which is not significant however it is going to be very helpful in a few conditions.
At the widest 28mm, it comes with an aperture of f3.9 and that's fairly slow and not good for low light conditions and you will struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You might also have to boost the ISO setting causing noisy photographs. At the tele end, 140mm comes to f4.8 which is fairly slow and you might need to set slow shutter speeds.
Nikon S100 Connectivity
The S100 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth connectivity can easily be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to transfer pictures and at times change camera settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.
Several applications even allow a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external display. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.
Nikon S100 Video specs
The highest video quality on the Nikon S100 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and Motion JPEG format. 1080p quality gives you an excellent balance in quality vs file sizes but FULL HD isn't going to leave you with any room to crop. The camera doesn't include a microphone and headphone socket which means you have little control over the audio. It is perhaps best to order a different model in case you require good audio for your video clips.
Nikon S100 Weather Sealing
Nikon S100 doesn't include weather sealing so rainy conditions could ruin the camera.
Nikon S100 Display and Viewfinder
The Nikon S100 comes with a 3.5 inch fixed display supporting a resolution of 820 thousand dots.
Additionally the display is touch friendly which means that you can change focus points plus adjust settings by using your finger.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The ViewFinder details for Nikon S100 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are rather handy in sunny outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.
Nikon S100 Shutter specs
Nikon S100 continuous shooting rate is 6.0 frames per second. The max shutter speed is 1/2000s.
Nikon S100 Flash and Hot shoe specs
Nikon S100 comes with only built in flash with missing external flash ability.
Nikon S100 Autofocusing specs
Nikon S100 comes with just Contrast Detect Autofocus & does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more quicker & accurate in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera comes with Face detect which is useful for taking photos of people.
Nikon S100 has tap to focus. You are able to use your fingers to adjust focus points. It also includes Tracking Autofocus for subjects on the move. Nikon S100 features manual focus when required in low light scenarios or you require more precise focus control.
Nikon S100 Battery life
The battery power (EN-EL12) in the Nikon S100 is made to last for 150 clicks with respect to the CIPA specifications making it less compared with it's competitors. The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the highest (470) battery life in this type of cameras.
Below is a listing of Small Sensor Compact cameras that have the strongest battery life:
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Nikon S100 for varying forms of photography
The following chart gives a overview of the Nikon S100 for varying forms of photography. To look at more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.
Nikon S100 as a Portrait photography camera
The Nikon S100 receives a rating of 41 which is subpar, and means the camera is just not appropriate for portrait images. Shooting portrait images favors greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW files plus the ability to work with off-camera lighting.
Nikon S100 Street photography info
Getting a above average points tally of 63, the Nikon S100 is a good fit to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.
Nikon S100 Sports photography information
A subpar sports photography points total of 38 suggests the Nikon S100 is just not appropriate for photographing sports. A camera needs good tracking and fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Nikon S100 Travel photography factors
Weight is really crucial when choosing a travel camera. All round, the Nikon S100 gets a very good 65 as a travel camera which is a very decent fit to purchase for your journeys.
Nikon S100 Landscape photography information
For those who are looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most vital factor will be image quality. The Nikon S100 and it's decent score of 46 for a landscape camera is relatively acceptable among it's competition.
Nikon S100 as a Vlogging camera
A vlogging camera should come with a moving screen, mic port and ideally IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Nikon S100 is just not appropriate for vlogging as it comes to a subpar rating of 35.
Nikon S100 Alternatives
If you are in the market for alternatives to the S100, here is a list of the highest scored cameras which fall under the class of Small Sensor Compact.
The line chart listed below gives you an overview of the S100 versus it's highest ranking rivals listed previously.
Here are a handful of other cameras you might view as alternate options. To check out a full comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.