• 1/2.5 inch 24.7mm2
  • 9.0 megapixels
  • 38.00mm - 114.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/3 inch 17.3mm2
  • 13.2 megapixels
  • 30.00mm - 90.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon S52 advantages over Nikon S02

  • Larger sensor
    1/2.5 inch vs 1/3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.67 vs 1.15 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • More telephoto lens reach
    114 mm vs 90 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Higher extended ISO
    3200 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon S02 advantages over Nikon S52

  • Less expensive
    $180 vs $250 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Newer
    5 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
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    13.2 vs 9.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle lens
    30 mm vs 38 mm
    Capture more of the scene

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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
  • 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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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 S02
Samsung i8
  • $180
  • 1/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $186
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

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 S02
Panasonic DMC-FS20
  • $180
  • 1/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon S52c

Nikon S52
Nikon S52c
  • $250
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • $225
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Nikon S02
Nikon S52c
  • $180
  • 1/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $225
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon S01

Nikon S52
Nikon S01
  • $250
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $180
  • 1/2.9 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Newer
Nikon S02
Nikon S01
  • $180
  • 1/3 inch
  • HDMI out
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $180
  • 1/2.9 inch
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony W710

Nikon S52
Sony W710
  • $250
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Bigger pixels
  • $99
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Nikon S02
Sony W710
  • $180
  • 1/3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • HDMI out
  • $99
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
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