• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 35.00mm - 105.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 300.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony DSC-S2100 advantages over Nikon S6800

  • Less expensive
    $119 vs $220 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)

Nikon S6800 advantages over Sony DSC-S2100

  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More telephoto lens reach
    300 mm vs 105 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Newer
    5 years vs 9 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
    460k 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 12.1 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
  • 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
  • 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

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The Competition

Compared to Canon A490

Sony DSC-S2100
Canon A490
  • $80
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • More pixels
  • $75
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life
Nikon S6800
Canon A490
  • $147
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $75
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon L22

Sony DSC-S2100
Nikon L22
  • $80
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $130
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life
Nikon S6800
Nikon L22
  • $147
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $130
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon L24

Sony DSC-S2100
Nikon L24
  • $80
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $100
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life
Nikon S6800
Nikon L24
  • $147
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $100
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Sony WX150

Sony DSC-S2100
Sony WX150
  • $80
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Longer stills battery life
Nikon S6800
Sony WX150
  • $147
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Higher extended ISO

Compared to Fujifilm T550

Sony DSC-S2100
Fujifilm T550
  • $80
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $160
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Newer
Nikon S6800
Fujifilm T550
  • $147
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $160
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer exposure
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