• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 450.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.2 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 720.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon S9100 advantages over Sony WX500

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.26 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony WX500 advantages over Nikon S9100

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More telephoto lens reach
    720 mm vs 450 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 390 vs 270 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    4 years vs 9 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More pixels
    18.2 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    10 vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 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
  • 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
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • 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

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Backside-illuminated sensor for good low-light performance; Very long zoom; Good printed performance; Very fast autofocus.

  • Autofocus is not always reliable; Auto white balance renders skin tones a little red; Slow digital zoom.

The Competition

Compared to Panasonic ZS15

Nikon S9100
Panasonic ZS15
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $214
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer exposure
  • Higher extended ISO
Sony WX500
Panasonic ZS15
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $214
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon SX260 HS

Nikon S9100
Canon SX260 HS
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Fast startup
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Manual focus
Sony WX500
Canon SX260 HS
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon SX280 HS

Nikon S9100
Canon SX280 HS
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
Sony WX500
Canon SX280 HS
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony HX90V

Nikon S9100
Sony HX90V
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $374
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony WX500
Sony HX90V
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $374
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Sony HX80

Nikon S9100
Sony HX80
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $298
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Tiltable Screen
Sony WX500
Sony HX80
  • $348
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $298
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
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