• 1/3.1 inch 16.5mm2
  • 13.2 megapixels
  • 30.00mm - 90.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 8.3 megapixels
  • 15.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon S33 advantages over Nikon 170

  • Less expensive
    $109 vs $397
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More telephoto lens reach
    90 mm vs 15 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • More pixels
    13.2 vs 8.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    4 vs 0 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Nikon 170 advantages over Nikon S33

  • Larger sensor
    1/2.3 inch vs 1/3.1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.61 vs 1.13 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.8 vs f/3.3
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Newer
    12 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lighter weight
    134g vs 180g
    Lighter weight
  • More dots on screen
    345k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle lens
    15 mm vs 30 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Waterproof
    Both provide
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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The Competition

Compared to Nokia N8

Nikon S33
Nokia N8
  • $124
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $549
  • 1/1.83 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon 170
Nokia N8
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $549
  • 1/1.83 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Samsung Galaxy S II

Nikon S33
Samsung Galaxy S II
  • $124
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $200
  • 1/3.2 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture
Nikon 170
Samsung Galaxy S II
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Larger sensor
  • $200
  • 1/3.2 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Internal flash

Compared to Nikon S31

Nikon S33
Nikon S31
  • $124
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Newer
  • HDMI out
  • $89
  • 1/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon 170
Nikon S31
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $89
  • 1/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Nikon S32

Nikon S33
Nikon S32
  • $124
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • $97
  • 1/3 inch
Nikon 170
Nikon S32
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $97
  • 1/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Nikon W100

Nikon S33
Nikon W100
  • $124
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $157
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • NFC
Nikon 170
Nikon W100
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $157
  • 1/3.1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
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