• 1/2.5 inch 24.7mm2
  • 9.0 megapixels
  • 38.00mm - 114.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 120.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon S52 advantages over Nikon AW130

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.67 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Lighter weight
    125g vs 221g
    Lighter weight

Nikon AW130 advantages over Nikon S52

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • Larger sensor
    1/2.3 inch vs 1/2.5 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • 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 GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 370 vs 200 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    4 years vs 11 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 9.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 38 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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The Competition

Compared to Samsung i8

Nikon S52
Samsung i8
  • $250
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $186
  • 1/2.5 inch
Nikon AW130
Samsung i8
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Waterproof
  • $186
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FS20

Nikon S52
Panasonic DMC-FS20
  • $250
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Longer stills battery life
Nikon AW130
Panasonic DMC-FS20
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Nikon S52c

Nikon S52
Nikon S52c
  • $250
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • $225
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Nikon AW130
Nikon S52c
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Waterproof
  • $225
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Canon A1400

Nikon S52
Canon A1400
  • $250
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Bigger pixels
  • $109
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Nikon AW130
Canon A1400
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $109
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Nikon AW120

Nikon S52
Nikon AW120
  • $250
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Lighter weight
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Waterproof
Nikon AW130
Nikon AW120
  • $128
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $219
  • 1/2.3 inch
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