Nikon Coolpix S9900 vs Sony DSC-HX90

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Nikon Coolpix S9900
Sony DSC-HX90

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Reasons For

1 Reason For
GPS (satellite) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 has a GPS (satellite), but the Sony DSC-HX90 does not have a GPS (satellite). 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.

7 Reasons For
Higher megapixel Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 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-HX90 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-HX90 is a 3.5 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.2 smaller than the Nikon Coolpix S9900 (3.5).
Vastly longer slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 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-HX90 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).
Ninety more battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 takes 390.00 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.

Expert reviews are appreciably better
Based on 5 reviews, the Sony DSC-HX90 has an average expert review score of 94%, whereas the Nikon Coolpix S9900 has an average rating of 78% (based on 16 reviews).

Reasons Against

8 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 has a megapixel of 16MP, but the Sony DSC-HX90 is an 18.2MP digital camera (2.2MP higher). 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 has a digital zoom of 4x, whereas the Sony DSC-HX90 is a 120x digital zoom digital camera (116x bigger). 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.

6% larger minimum aperture number Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 is a 3.7 minimum aperture digital camera. That's 0.2 larger than the Sony DSC-HX90 (3.5).
Shorter slowest camera shutter speed Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 has a slowest camera shutter speed of 8s, however the Sony DSC-HX90 is a 30s maximum shutter speed digital camera (22s longer). Read more

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

A little lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 has a display resolution (numeric) of 921,000 pixels, however the Sony DSC-HX90 is a 921,600 pixels display resolution digital camera (600 pixels higher).
Ninety less battery life (CIPA standard)s Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 takes 300.00 battery life (CIPA standard)s, however the Sony DSC-HX90 only takes 390.00 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.

Two months older
The Nikon Coolpix S9900 is older than the Sony DSC-HX90 by two months.
A lot Lower expert review Score
The average expert rating of the Nikon Coolpix S9900 is only 78%, whereas the average expert rating of the Sony DSC-HX90 is 94% (based on 5 reviews).
2 Reasons Against
Does not have a GPS (satellite) Edit
The Sony DSC-HX90 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.

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Awards

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

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Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel
16MP 18.2MP
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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
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 4608 x 3456
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2448
 2272 x 1704
 1600 x 1200
 640 x 480
Maximum Image Resolution
 4896 x 3264
 4896 x 3264
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Image Formats Supported
 JPG
 EXIF
 JPG
 EXIF
Total Megapixels
16.76MP Unknown - Click to provide data
Supported Aspect Ratios
 16:9
 1:1
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 16:9
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour of Product
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
30x 30x
Digital Zoom
4x 120x
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Maximum Aperture Number
6.4 Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Aperture Number
3.7 3.5
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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
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous Auto Focus
 centre weighted
 tracking
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Tracking Auto Focus
 single
 continuous
 Single Auto Focus
 Continuous 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
 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 Unknown - Click to provide data
ISO Sensitivity (min)
125 Unknown - Click to provide data
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

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
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
BEST
 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

Memory

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

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 Type
 Electronic
 Electronic

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
 Custom modes
 Push
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Shade
 Custom modes
 Push
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
BEST
 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
Built-In Processor
EXPEED C2 Unknown - Click to provide data
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
 Backlight
 Beach
 Snow
 Close-up (macro)
 Dusk
 Dawn
 Fireworks
 Landscape
 Night
 Night portrait
 Night landscape
 Panorama
 Portrait
 Party (indoor)
 Sports
 Sunset
 Pet
 Food
Languages Support
 Multi
 Multi

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
Unknown - Click to provide data 218g
Height
66mm 58.1mm
Depth
39.5mm 35.4mm
Width
112mm 102mm
Weight (including Battery)
289g 245g
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Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of Batteries Supported
1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Type
EN-EL12 NP-BX1
Battery Capacity
Unknown - Click to provide data 1,240mAh
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
300 shots 390 shots
BEST
Battery Voltage
Unknown - Click to provide data 3.6V
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
 AC
 Micro-USB
 USB
 AC
 Micro-USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries 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

Built-In Flash
 Built-in flash
Unknown - Click to provide data

Technical Details

Self-Timer
 Self-timer
Unknown - Click to provide data
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