As well as being compared against other compacts, the Nikon Coolpix SQ is also often compared to ultra compacts and travel zooms. The Nikon Coolpix SQ's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SD780 IS and the ELPH 300 HS) and Sony (such as the Cybershot DSC-W610)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, compared to other compact competitors the Nikon SQ has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 24 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 2.7"), is significantly larger (compact (83×85×25 mm) vs super compact (92×56×20 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (3 MP vs 9.7 MP).

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS
8 years newer
$261

Significant advantages of the 300 HS (vs the SQ)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 37 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 1.5"

Significant disadvantages of the 300 HS (vs the SQ)

  • None found

common strengths of the 300 HS and SQ

  • Wide aperture: f/2.7 vs f/2.7
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 1"

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon SQ compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 26 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (1.5" vs 2.5"), is significantly larger (compact (83×85×25 mm) vs ultra compact (87×56×18 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes slightly lower resolution photos (3 MP vs 9.7 MP).

Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

Sony Cybershot DSC-W610
9 years newer
$133

Significant advantages of the DSC-W610 (vs the SQ)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W610 (vs the SQ)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W610 and SQ

  • None found

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS

Canon PowerShot SD780 IS
6 years newer

Significant advantages of the SD780 IS (vs the SQ)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the SD780 IS (vs the SQ)

  • None found

common strengths of the SD780 IS and SQ

  • None found

Pentax Optio S4i

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1 year newer

Significant advantages of the S4i (vs the SQ)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S4i (vs the SQ)

  • None found

common strengths of the S4i and SQ

  • None found

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon SQ compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a significantly wider aperture (f/2.7 vs f/3.7) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (37 mm vs 25 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 2.7"), is slightly larger (compact (83×85×25 mm) vs super compact (96×58×20 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (3 MP vs 9.7 MP).

Nikon Coolpix S3700

Nikon Coolpix S3700
12 years newer
$200

Significant advantages of the S3700 (vs the SQ)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 37 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 1.5"

Significant disadvantages of the S3700 (vs the SQ)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.7 vs f/2.7
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the S3700 and SQ

  • Very small: Super compact (96×58×20 mm) vs Compact (83×85×25 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 1"
  • Very light: 118 g vs 216 g