Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to provide a detailed evaluation and comparison of two different camera models that fall into the same category - Ultracompact. Although these cameras are from the same category, they were introduced by different brands - Nikon and Sony. Although Nikon Coolpix A100 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830 cameras that we are going to review here have significant distinctive features, they also have something in common. Thus, the first common trait of both models is sensor. These cameras feature identical 20.0 MP CCD sensors.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Nikon Coolpix A100 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830 and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Nikon Coolpix A100 Key Features:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830 Key Features:
|Continuous Shooting||1.1 fps vs Yes fps||0.1 fps faster|
|Flash Range||4 vs 2.8||1.2 better flash range|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 vs 1/1600||Faster shutter speed|
|Weight||119 g vs 122 g||3 g lighter|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Built-In Flash||Yes | Yes||External flash available|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Size||2.7″ | 2.7″||Not suitable for flash photography|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots | 230k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Viewfinder||No | No||No ViewFinder|
|Raw Support||No | No||Doesn's support RAW format|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP | 20.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|External Flash Shoe||No | No||No Flash Shoe|
|Bracketing||No | No||No AE bracketing|
|Continuous Shooting||1.1 fps | 1.0 fps||Low continuous shooting|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Nikon Coolpix A100 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830 from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Nikon Coolpix A100 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 3g less than the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Nikon Coolpix A100 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830 any different in terms of sensor type?
In terms of sensor type and resolution, these models are identical. Both Nikon Coolpix A100 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830 come equipped with the same CCD that has a resolution of 20.0 MP. Thus, if you are wondering, which option to choose, this is not a factor you should be looking at.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Nikon Coolpix A100 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830 by the size of their sensors.
Nikon Coolpix A100 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830 are identical by this indicator, as each feature a sensor of the same size. Thus, both cameras will provide the same level of control in terms of the depth of field if you use them with the same focal length and aperture.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Nikon Coolpix A100 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830 in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Nikon Coolpix A100||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Nikon Coolpix A100 or Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Nikon Coolpix A100 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830 here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830 deserves a higher Total Score than the Nikon Coolpix A100. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Nikon Coolpix A100||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830|
|Model||Coolpix A100||Cyber-shot DSC-W830|
|Announced||Jan 14, 2016||Jan 07, 2014|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||5152 x 3864||5152 x 3864|
|Max Native ISO||1,600||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||3,200||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||80||80|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||10|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||0|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||230k dots||230k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||4 s||2 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s||1/1600 s|
|Continuous Shooting||1.1 fps||1.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, fill flash, slow sync||Auto / Flash On / Slow Synchro / Flash Off / Advanced Flash|
|Video Resolutions||1280 x 720 (30p)||1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720||1280 x 720|
|Video Formats||Motion JPEG||H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||119 g||122 g|
|Physical Dimensions||95 x 59 x 20 mm||93 x 52 x 23 mm|
|Battery Life||250 shots||n/a|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||n/a|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal||Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo/Pro-HG Duo, microSD/microSDHC|