• 1/2.33 inch 28.2mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 100.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 8.3 megapixels
  • 15.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic TS30 advantages over Nikon 170

  • Less expensive
    $120 vs $180
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • More telephoto lens reach
    100 mm vs 15 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    19 mm vs 42 mm
    Thinner
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 8.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 1/2 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon 170 advantages over Panasonic TS30

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.61 vs 1.33 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 720p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.8 vs f/3.9
    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 Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Newer
    3 years vs 5 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
    345k 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
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle lens
    15 mm vs 25 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/1300 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Waterproof
    Both provide
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo

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
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • 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

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon S100

Panasonic TS30
Nikon S100
  • $125
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $89
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • HDMI out
Nikon 170
Nikon S100
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $89
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Nokia N8

Panasonic TS30
Nokia N8
  • $125
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $549
  • 1/1.83 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon 170
Nokia N8
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $549
  • 1/1.83 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Samsung Galaxy S II

Panasonic TS30
Samsung Galaxy S II
  • $125
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Larger sensor
  • $200
  • 1/3.2 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Nikon 170
Samsung Galaxy S II
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Larger sensor
  • $200
  • 1/3.2 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Internal flash

Compared to Panasonic TS20

Panasonic TS30
Panasonic TS20
  • $125
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Newer
  • $169
  • 1/2.33 inch
Nikon 170
Panasonic TS20
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $169
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Panasonic TS25

Panasonic TS30
Panasonic TS25
  • $125
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $141
  • 1/2.33 inch
Nikon 170
Panasonic TS25
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $141
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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