Nikon Coolpix S9900 vs Sony DSC-WX500

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Nikon Coolpix S9900
Sony DSC-WX500

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Reasons For

5 Reasons For
GPS (satellite) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 has a GPS (satellite), however the Sony DSC-WX500 does not. Read more

GPS allows the camera to know where it is in the world and to automatically tag each of your photos with the location it was taken at.

If your photos have been tagged with a GPS location you can see where they were taken, automatically let your favourite photo software or website retrieve the address for that location or display them on a map.

Cheaper by $99
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 costs $249.00, whereas the Sony DSC-WX500 is $348.00.
Four more awards
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 has 5 awards from expert review sites, however the Sony DSC-WX500 has 1 award.
A bit better expert reviews
Based on 16 reviews, the average expert review score of the Nikon Coolpix S9900 is 78%, but the average rating of the Sony DSC-WX500 is 77% (based on 11 reviews).
Better user reviews
Based on 48 reviews, the average user review score of the Nikon Coolpix S9900 is 89%, but the average rating of the Sony DSC-WX500 is 83% (based on 46 reviews).
9 Reasons For
Higher megapixel Edit
The Sony DSC-WX500 has a megapixel of 18.2MP, but the Nikon Coolpix S9900 is only a 16MP digital camera (2.2MP lower). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Significantly bigger digital zoom Edit
The Sony DSC-WX500 has a digital zoom of 120x, whereas the Nikon Coolpix S9900 is only a 4x digital zoom digital camera (116x smaller). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Smaller minimum aperture number Edit
The Sony DSC-WX500 is a 3.5 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.2 smaller than the Nikon Coolpix S9900 (3.5).
6,400 higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Sony DSC-WX500 is a 12,800 maximum ISO speed digital camera, whereas the Nikon Coolpix S9900 is only a 6,400 maximum ISO speed digital camera (6,400 lower).
45 smaller ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
The Sony DSC-WX500 has an ISO sensitivity (min) of 80, however the Nikon Coolpix S9900 is a 125 minimum ISO speed digital camera (45 bigger).
Vastly longer slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Sony DSC-WX500 has a slowest camera shutter speed of 30s, however the Nikon Coolpix S9900 is only an 8s maximum shutter speed digital camera (22s shorter). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

600 pixels higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Sony DSC-WX500 has a display resolution (numeric) of 921,600 pixels, however the Nikon Coolpix S9900 is only a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera (600 pixels lower).
One hundred more battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Sony DSC-WX500 takes 400.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however the Nikon Coolpix S9900 only takes 300.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Available from 4 shops
A greater number of retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.

Reasons Against

10 Reasons Against
14% lower megapixel Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 is a 16MP digital camera. That's 2.2MP lower than the Sony DSC-WX500 (18.2MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

116x smaller digital zoom Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 is a 4x digital zoom digital camera. That's 116x smaller than the Sony DSC-WX500 (120x). Read more

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

0.2 larger minimum aperture number Edit
Nikon Coolpix S9900 is 3.7 minimum aperture, but the Sony DSC-WX500 is a 3.5 minimum aperture digital camera (0.2 smaller).
Lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
Nikon Coolpix S9900 is only 6,400 maximum ISO speed. That's 6,400 lower than the Sony DSC-WX500 (12,800).
36% bigger ISO sensitivity (min) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 is a 125 minimum ISO speed digital camera. That's 45 bigger than the Sony DSC-WX500 (80).
Shorter slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 is an 8s maximum shutter speed digital camera. That's 22s shorter than the Sony DSC-WX500 (30s). Read more

The maximum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

1% lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 is a 921,000 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 600 pixels lower than the Sony DSC-WX500 (921,600 pixels).
Only 300.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 is a digital camera that takes 300.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, whereas the Sony DSC-WX500 only takes 400.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s. Read more

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Not as many stockists
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 is only stocked by 2 sellers, however the Sony DSC-WX500 is stocked by 6 shops. Read more
Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera.
Older by two months
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 is two months older than the Sony DSC-WX500.
5 Reasons Against
Does not have a GPS (satellite) Edit
The Sony DSC-WX500 does not have a GPS (satellite), whereas the Nikon Coolpix S9900 does. Read more

GPS allows the camera to know where it is in the world and to automatically tag each of your photos with the location it was taken at.

If your photos have been tagged with a GPS location you can see where they were taken, automatically let your favourite photo software or website retrieve the address for that location or display them on a map.

$99 more expensive
The Sony DSC-WX500 is more expensive than the Nikon Coolpix S9900 by $99.
Fewer awards
Whilst the Sony DSC-WX500 has received 1 award, the Nikon Coolpix S9900 has received 5 awards.
A bit Lower expert review Score
The average expert rating of the Sony DSC-WX500 is only 77%, whereas the average expert rating of the Nikon Coolpix S9900 is 78% (based on 16 reviews).
Lower user review Score
The average user rating of the Sony DSC-WX500 is 83%, whereas the average user rating of the Nikon Coolpix S9900 is 89% (based on 48 reviews).

Awards

5 Awards
Camera Labs: Recommended
Ephotozine: Recommended
Expert Reviews: Best Buy
optyczne.pl: Good Buy
PhotographyBlog.com: Recommended
1 Award
PhotographyBlog.com: Recommended

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel
16MP 18.2MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4608 x 3456
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2448
 2272 x 1704
 1600 x 1200
 640 x 480
 4896 x 3672
 11520 x 1080
 3648 x 2736
 3648 x 2432
 7152 x 1080
 3648 x 2056
 2736 x 2736
 2592 x 1944
 2592 x 1728
 1920 x 1920
 1920 x 1080
 4608 x 3456
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2448
 2272 x 1704
 1600 x 1200
 640 x 480
 4896 x 3672
 11520 x 1080
 3648 x 2736
 3648 x 2432
 7152 x 1080
 3648 x 2056
 2736 x 2736
 2592 x 1944
 2592 x 1728
 1920 x 1920
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 4896 x 3264
 4896 x 3264
BEST
Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 JPG
Total Megapixels
16.76MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 1:1
 4:3
 3:2
 16:9
 1:1
 4:3
 3:2
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
30x 30x
Digital Zoom
4x 120x
BEST
Maximum Aperture Number
6.4 6.4
Minimum Aperture Number
3.7 3.5
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
750mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
25mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Focal Length Range (f-F)
4.5 - 135 4.1 - 123
Extra/Smart Zoom
60x Unknown - Click to provide data
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
13/11 Unknown - Click to provide data
Number of Diaphragm Blades
3 Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 centre weighted
 tracking
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 continuous
 contrast detection
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 centre weighted
 tracking
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 continuous
 contrast detection
 Continuous Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range
0.5 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
0.01 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
0.5 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
2 - ∞ Unknown - Click to provide data
Focus
 TTL
 TTL
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
0.5m Unknown - Click to provide data
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
2m Unknown - Click to provide data

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
BEST
 shutter priority
 aperture priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Sensitivity
 64
 125
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 1600
 3200
 6400
 25
 80
 800
 12800
 64
 125
 160
 200
 320
 400
 640
 1600
 3200
 6400
 25
 80
 800
 12800
ISO Sensitivity (max)
6,400 12,800
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
125 80
BEST
Light Metering
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Centre-weighted
 Spot
 Matrix
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
8s 30s
BEST
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s
Camera Shutter Type
 Mechanical
 Mechanical

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Slow synchronization
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Slow synchronization
Flash Range (tele)
1.5 - 3.5 2.5 - 3
Flash Range (wide)
0.5 - 6 0.3 - 5.4
Pre-Flash
 Pre-flash
Unknown - Click to provide data

Video

Full HD Video
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Full HD video
Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MP4
 AVCHD
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MP4
 AVCHD
Analog Signal Format System
 PAL
 NTSC
 PAL
 NTSC
BEST
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
Resolution At Capture Speed
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1920x1080@15fps
 1280x720@30fps
 1920x1080@60fps
 1920x1080@50fps
 1920x1080@30fps
 1920x1080@25fps
 1920x1080@15fps
 1280x720@30fps
Video Recording
 Video recording
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
 Built-in microphone
 Built-in microphone
Audio Formats Supported
 LPCM
 PCM
BEST
 LPCM
 PCM
Voice Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Voice recording

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 MS PRO
 MS Micro (M2)
 MS Duo
 MS PRO Duo
 MS Pro-HG
 MS Pro-HG Duo
 MicroSD (TransFlash)
 MicroSDHC
 MicroSDXC
Internal Memory
473MB Unknown - Click to provide data
Memory Slots
1 1

Display

Display Diagonal
3" 3"
Display
 LCD
 LCD
Vari-Angle LCD Display
 Vari-angle LCD display
Unknown - Click to provide data
Field of View
98% Unknown - Click to provide data
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
921,000 pixels 921,600 pixels
BEST
Display Aspect Ratio
 4:3
 4:3

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Screen Size
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.2"

Ports & Interfaces

PictBridge
 PictBridge
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
Microphone in
 Microphone in
Unknown - Click to provide data
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 2.0
 2.0
Headphone Outputs
 Headphone outputs
Unknown - Click to provide data
USB Connector
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
BEST
 GPS (satellite)
White Balance
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Shade
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Shade
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Scene
 Shutter priority
 Aperture priority
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Black&White
 Black&White
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 2,5,10
Histogram
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
Image Editing
 Crop
 Crop
Camera File System
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 Exif
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera Playback
 Movie
 Single image
 Movie
 Single image
Electronic Compass
 Electronic compass
Unknown - Click to provide data
Direct Printing
 Direct printing
Unknown - Click to provide data
Brightness Adjustment
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Brightness adjustment
Built-In Processor
EXPEED C2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Playback Modes
 Slideshow
 Slideshow
Scene Modes
 Backlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Close-up (macro)
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Food
 Twilight
 Backlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Close-up (macro)
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Food
 Twilight
Languages Support
 Multi
 Multi

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 209g
Height
66mm 58.1mm
Depth
39.5mm 35.5mm
Width
112mm 101.6mm
Weight (including Battery)
289g 236g
BEST

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
BEST
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
EN-EL12 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Life (max)
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.33h
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
300 shots 400 shots
BEST
Battery Recharge Time
2.3h Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Operating Temperature (T-T)
0 - 40 Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

AC Adapter Included
 AC adapter included
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 Micro-USB
 USB
 Micro-USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Battery charger included
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
Unknown - Click to provide data
Quick Start Guide
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Quick start guide
Carrying Case
 Carrying case
Unknown - Click to provide data
Wrist Strap Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Wrist strap included

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
 Near Field Communication (NFC)
Data Network
 Not supported
 Not supported

Other Features

Video Capability
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Video capability
Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
 Built-in flash
USB Connectivity
Unknown - Click to provide data
 USB connectivity

Technical Details

Image Processor
 BIONZ
 BIONZ
Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
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