• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 37.00mm - 185.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SD890 IS advantages over Nikon S70

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/3.2 vs f/3.9
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • More telephoto lens reach
    185 mm vs 140 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 320 vs 200 shots
    Capture more photos

Nikon S70 advantages over Canon SD890 IS

  • Thinner
    20 mm vs 27 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    140g vs 184g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    12.1 vs 10.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    28 mm vs 37 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

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
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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 Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • We haven’t finished our review of the Nikon S70, but we have extensive sample photos and a hands-on report.

The Competition

Compared to Sony DSC-W170

Canon SD890 IS
Sony DSC-W170
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Fast startup
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $225
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
Nikon S70
Sony DSC-W170
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $225
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Ricoh R8

Canon SD890 IS
Ricoh R8
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer exposure
  • $410
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus
  • More dots on screen
Nikon S70
Ricoh R8
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • More pixels
  • $410
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Panasonic DMC-TS1

Canon SD890 IS
Panasonic DMC-TS1
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • HDMI out
  • Less shutter lag
Nikon S70
Panasonic DMC-TS1
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lighter weight
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Pentax WS80

Canon SD890 IS
Pentax WS80
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
Nikon S70
Pentax WS80
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Wider angle lens
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Nikon S1000pj

Canon SD890 IS
Nikon S1000pj
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $430
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Wider angle lens
Nikon S70
Nikon S1000pj
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $430
  • 1/2.3 inch
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