• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 120.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Nikon AW130 advantages over Sony A6300

  • Less expensive
    $119* vs $848
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Thinner
    26 mm vs 48 mm
    Thinner

Sony A6300 advantages over Nikon AW130

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.92 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    24.2 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.1 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    44 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Both provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • 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
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality; Improved high-ISO performance; Better JPEG quality; Fast autofocus; Very good subject tracking with real-time live view feature; All-magnesium body construction; 4K video.

  • Slow buffer clearing (no UHS-II support); No touchscreen, Clunky menus; Wi-Fi can be a bit frustrating to use.

The Competition

Compared to Canon A1300

Nikon AW130
Canon A1300
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $134
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach
Sony A6300
Canon A1300
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $134
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Thinner

Compared to Canon A1400

Nikon AW130
Canon A1400
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $109
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach
Sony A6300
Canon A1400
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $109
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner

Compared to Nikon AW120

Nikon AW130
Nikon AW120
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
Sony A6300
Nikon AW120
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof

Compared to Sony A6500

Nikon AW130
Sony A6500
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony A6300
Sony A6500
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • $1098
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Canon EOS M6

Nikon AW130
Canon EOS M6
  • $119
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony A6300
Canon EOS M6
  • $748
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $579
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
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