• 1/2.5 inch 24.7mm2
  • 8.1 megapixels
  • 35.00mm - 105.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1200.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony DSC-S780 advantages over Olympus SP-100

  • Less expensive
    $180 vs $400 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.76 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Thinner
    26 mm vs 133 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    128g vs 589g
    Lighter weight

Olympus SP-100 advantages over Sony DSC-S780

  • Larger sensor
    1/2.3 inch vs 1/2.5 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • More telephoto lens reach
    1,200 mm vs 105 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 330 vs 270 shots
    Capture more photos
  • 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
  • More dots on screen
    460k vs 153k 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 8.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 35 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 1 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 1250 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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 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
  • 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 Samsung S860

Sony DSC-S780
Samsung S860
  • $180
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Manual focus
  • $179
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Longer exposure
Olympus SP-100
Samsung S860
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $179
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax E50

Sony DSC-S780
Pentax E50
  • $180
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • $150
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer exposure
Olympus SP-100
Pentax E50
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $150
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FS3

Sony DSC-S780
Panasonic DMC-FS3
  • $180
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Manual focus
  • $200
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Longer stills battery life
Olympus SP-100
Panasonic DMC-FS3
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $200
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Fujifilm SL1000

Sony DSC-S780
Fujifilm SL1000
  • $180
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Olympus SP-100
Fujifilm SL1000
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Shoots 60p video
  • $500
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Fujifilm S9400W

Sony DSC-S780
Fujifilm S9400W
  • $180
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Olympus SP-100
Fujifilm S9400W
  • $398
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • Longer exposure
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
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