• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 35.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 300.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony DSC-G3 advantages over Nikon S6900

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.69 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Thinner
    19 mm vs 27 mm
    Thinner
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Nikon S6900 advantages over Sony DSC-G3

  • Less expensive
    $230 vs $500 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • More telephoto lens reach
    300 mm vs 140 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Newer
    4 years vs 10 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 10.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle lens
    25 mm vs 35 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    4 vs 1 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    9.0 fps vs 1.6 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/1000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • 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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 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
  • 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 Olympus 1030 SW

Sony DSC-G3
Olympus 1030 SW
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Nikon S6900
Olympus 1030 SW
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Olympus Tough-8000

Sony DSC-G3
Olympus Tough-8000
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
Nikon S6900
Olympus Tough-8000
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $400
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Olympus Tough-6000

Sony DSC-G3
Olympus Tough-6000
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Wider angle lens
Nikon S6900
Olympus Tough-6000
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Samsung WB50F

Sony DSC-G3
Samsung WB50F
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon S6900
Samsung WB50F
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Manual focus

Compared to Panasonic SZ10

Sony DSC-G3
Panasonic SZ10
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Manual focus
  • $247
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
Nikon S6900
Panasonic SZ10
  • $380
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $247
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Longer exposure
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
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