• 1 inch 115.3mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800
  • 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 128.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon S2 advantages over Panasonic TS6

  • Larger sensor
    1 inch vs 1/2.33 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.85 vs 1.33 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • 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.
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    60.0 fps vs 10.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/1300 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Panasonic TS6 advantages over Nikon S2

  • Less expensive
    $300 vs $450 (MSRP)
    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 Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 370 vs 270 shots
    Capture more photos

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
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output 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
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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
  • 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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The Competition

Compared to Pentax Q7

Nikon S2
Pentax Q7
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $195
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic TS6
Pentax Q7
  • $998
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $195
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Samsung NX Mini

Nikon S2
Samsung NX Mini
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • $529
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Tiltable Screen
Panasonic TS6
Samsung NX Mini
  • $998
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $529
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax Q-S1

Nikon S2
Pentax Q-S1
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $350
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic TS6
Pentax Q-S1
  • $998
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $350
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon L32

Nikon S2
Nikon L32
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • More pixels
Panasonic TS6
Nikon L32
  • $998
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Olympus TG-870

Nikon S2
Olympus TG-870
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $449
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Panasonic TS6
Olympus TG-870
  • $998
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • NFC
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $449
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • More dots on screen
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