As well as being compared against other ultra compacts, the Nikon Coolpix S50 is also often compared to travel zooms. The Nikon Coolpix S50's top rivals come from Samsung (such as the Digimax i5) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix ZS25)

Competitor classes

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon S50 compared to other ultra compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/3.3 vs f/3.9), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5") and has better image stabilization (lens vs none).

However, on average it doesn't have a touch screen, is older (february 2007 vs june 2009) and is thicker (0.9" vs 0.7").

Samsung Digimax i5

Samsung Digimax i5
1 year older

Significant advantages of the i5 (vs the S50)

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Significant disadvantages of the i5 (vs the S50)

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common strengths of the i5 and S50

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Fujifilm FinePix Z300

Fujifilm FinePix Z300
2 years newer
$242

Significant advantages of the Z300 (vs the S50)

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Significant disadvantages of the Z300 (vs the S50)

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common strengths of the Z300 and S50

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compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon S50 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (ultra compact (88×51×22 mm) vs compact (105×59×28 mm)), is thinner (0.9" vs 1.1"), is slightly lighter (165 g vs 193 g) and is slightly less expensive ($239.99 vs $429.90).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (3x vs 20x), has a much narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 24 mm), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (7.1 MP vs 9.7 MP) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Panasonic Lumix ZS25
5 years newer
$430

Significant advantages of the ZS25 (vs the S50)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 38 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much longer battery life: 260 shots vs 130 shots

Significant disadvantages of the ZS25 (vs the S50)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (105×59×28 mm) vs Ultra compact (88×51×22 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 1.1" vs 0.9"

common strengths of the ZS25 and S50

  • Very small: Compact (105×59×28 mm) vs Ultra compact (88×51×22 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 0.9"
  • Very light: 193 g vs 165 g