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 - Small Sensor Superzoom. Although these cameras are from the same category, they were introduced by different brands - Nikon and Canon. Although Nikon Coolpix S9100 and Canon PowerShot SX530 HS are both equipped with the same BSI-CMOS sensor, they boast of different resolution. Thus, Nikon Coolpix S9100 has a sensor with a resolution of 12.0 MP, while Canon PowerShot SX530 HS has a different resolution of 16.0 MP.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Nikon Coolpix S9100 and Canon PowerShot SX530 HS and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Nikon Coolpix S9100 Key Features:
Canon PowerShot SX530 HS Key Features:
Nikon Coolpix S9100 was substituted by Nikon S9300.
|Continuous Shooting||10 fps vs 1.6 fps||8.4 fps faster|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots vs 461k dots||49.9% higher resolution screen|
|Battery Life||270 shots vs 210 shots||60 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||214 g vs 442 g||228 g lighter|
|Wireless Connectivity||Built-In vs No||Better connectivity|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP vs 12.0 MP||25% more pixels|
|Manual Exposure Mode||Yes vs No||Has Manual Exposure Mode|
|Flash Range||5.5 vs 4||1.5 better flash range|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|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 Resolution||921k dots | 461k 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||12.0 MP | 16.0 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|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
|Battery Life||270 shots | 210 shots||Low battery life|
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 S9100 and Canon PowerShot SX530 HS 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 S9100 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 228g less than the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS. 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 S9100 and Canon PowerShot SX530 HS any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Nikon Coolpix S9100 features a 12.0 MP 1/2.3" sized BSI-CMOS sensor . Canon PowerShot SX530 HS, in its turn, comes with a 16.0 MP 1/2.3" sized BSI-CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Nikon Coolpix S9100 and Canon PowerShot SX530 HS by the size of their sensors.
Nikon Coolpix S9100 and Canon PowerShot SX530 HS 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 S9100 and Canon PowerShot SX530 HS 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 S9100||Canon PowerShot SX530 HS|
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 S9100 or Canon PowerShot SX530 HS, 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 S9100 and Canon PowerShot SX530 HS here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Nikon Coolpix S9100 deserves a higher Total Score than the Canon PowerShot SX530 HS. 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 S9100||Canon PowerShot SX530 HS|
|Model||Coolpix S9100||PowerShot SX530 HS|
|Announced||Jul 19, 2011||Jan 06, 2015|
|Body Type||Compact||SLR-like (bridge)|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm||6.17 x 4.55 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2||28.07 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4000 x 3000||4608 x 3456|
|Max Native ISO||3,200||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||160||100|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||4||0|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||9||9|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots||461k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||4 s||15 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s||1/2000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps||1.6 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye||Auto, slow synchro|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30fps), 1280 x 720p (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||MPEG-4, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||214 g||442 g|
|Physical Dimensions||105 x 62 x 35 mm||120 x 82 x 92 mm|
|Battery Life||270 shots||210 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|