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Nikon A1000 vs Sony HX80

The Nikon Coolpix A1000 and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in January 2019 and March 2016. Both the A1000 and the HX80 are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. The Nikon has a resolution of 15.9 megapixels, whereas the Sony provides 18 MP.

Below is an overview of the main specs of the two cameras as a starting point for the comparison.

Headline Specifications
Nikon A1000 versus Sony HX80
Nikon A1000 Sony HX80
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
24-840mm f/3.4-6.9 24-720mm f/3.5-6.4
15.9 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor 18 MP, 1/2.3" Sensor
4K/30p Video 1080/60p Video
ISO 100-6,400 ISO 80-3,200 (80 - 12,800)
Electronic viewfinder (1166k dots) Electronic viewfinder (638k dots)
3.0 LCD, 1036k dots 3.0 LCD, 922k dots
Tilting touchscreen Tilting screen (not touch-sensitive)
7 shutter flaps per second 10 shutter flaps per second
250 shots per battery charge390 shots per battery charge
114 x 72 x 41 mm, 330 g 102 x 58 x 36 mm, 245 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Nikon Coolpix A1000 and the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80? Which one should you buy? Read on to find out how these two cameras compare with respect to their body size, their imaging sensors, their shooting features, their input-output connections, and their reception by expert reviewers.

Body comparison

The physical size and weight of the Nikon A1000 and the Sony HX80 are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three consecutive views from the front, the top, and the rear side are shown. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

The A1000 can be obtained in two different colors (black, silver), while the HX80 is only available in black.

Size Nikon A1000 vs Sony HX80
Compare A1000 versus HX80 top
Comparison A1000 or HX80 rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Sony HX80 is notably smaller (28 percent) than the Nikon A1000. Moreover, the HX80 is markedly lighter (26 percent) than the A1000. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the A1000 nor the HX80 are weather-sealed.

Concerning battery life, the A1000 gets 250 shots out of its EN-EL12 battery, while the HX80 can take 390 images on a single charge of its NP-BX1 power pack. The power pack in the HX80 can be charged via the USB port, which can be very convenient when travelling.

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the two cameras alongside a broader set of comparators. If you want to switch the focus of the display and review another camera pair, you can move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible camera comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
    Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Nikon A1000 114 mm 72 mm 41 mm 330 g 250 n Jan 2019 429 i
2.
 
Sony HX80 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 390 n Mar 2016 349 i
3.
 
Canon SX740 110 mm 64 mm 40 mm 299 g 265 n Jul 2018 399 i
4.
 
Canon SX720 110 mm 64 mm 36 mm 270 g 250 n Feb 2016 379i
5.
 
Canon SX710 113 mm 66 mm 35 mm 269 g 230 n Jan 2015 349i
6.
 
Fujifilm XF10 113 mm 64 mm 41 mm 279 g 330 n Jul 2018 499 i
7.
 
Nikon P950 140 mm 110 mm 150 mm 1005 g 290 n Jan 2020 799 i
8.
 
Nikon B600 122 mm 82 mm 99 mm 500 g 280 n Jan 2019 349 i
9.
 
Nikon P1000 146 mm 119 mm 181 mm 1415 g 250 n Jul 2018 999 i
10.
 
Panasonic ZS80 112 mm 69 mm 42 mm 327 g 380 n Feb 2019 449 i
11.
 
Panasonic TS7 117 mm 76 mm 37 mm 319 g 300 Y May 2018 449 i
12.
 
Sony HX99 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 449 i
13.
 
Sony HX95 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 242 g 370 n Aug 2018 429 i
14.
 
Sony WX800 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 233 g 370 n Oct 2018 399 i
15.
 
Sony RX100 V 102 mm 58 mm 41 mm 299 g 220 n Oct 2016 999 i
16.
 
Sony HX90V 102 mm 58 mm 36 mm 245 g 360 n Apr 2015 429 i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The price is, of course, an important factor in any camera decision. The listed launch prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The HX80 was launched at a somewhat lower price (by 19 percent) than the A1000, which makes it more attractive for photographers on a tight budget. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down.

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Sensor comparison

The size of the imaging sensor is a crucial determinant of image quality. A large sensor will tend to have larger individual pixels that provide better low-light sensitivity, wider dynamic range, and richer color-depth than smaller pixel-units in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be associated with larger, more expensive camera bodies and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature a 1/2.3-inch sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 5.6. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the review cameras among the smaller-sensor digicams that favor affordability and compact design. Both cameras feature a native aspect ratio (sensor width to sensor height) of 4:3.

Nikon A1000 and Sony HX80 sensor measures

While the two cameras under review share the same sensor size, the HX80 offers a higher resolution of 18 megapixels, compared with 15.9 MP of the A1000. This megapixels advantage translates into a 6 percent gain in linear resolution. On the other hand, these sensor specs imply that the HX80 has a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 1.25μm versus 1.33μm for the A1000). Moreover, it should be noted, that the A1000 is much more recent (by 2 years and 10 months) than the HX80, and its sensor will have benefitted from technological advances during this time that further enhance the light gathering capacity of individual pixels. Coming back to sensor resolution, it should be mentioned that neither of the two cameras has an anti-alias filter installed, so they are able to capture all the detail the sensor resolves.

The resolution advantage of the Sony HX80 implies greater flexibility for cropping images or the possibility to print larger pictures. The maximum print size of the HX80 for good quality output (200 dots per inch) amounts to 24.5 x 18.4 inches or 62.2 x 46.6 cm, for very good quality (250 dpi) 19.6 x 14.7 inches or 49.7 x 37.3 cm, and for excellent quality (300 dpi) 16.3 x 12.2 inches or 41.5 x 31.1 cm. The corresponding values for the Nikon A1000 are 23 x 17.3 inches or 58.5 x 43.9 cm for good quality, 18.4 x 13.8 inches or 46.8 x 35.1 cm for very good quality, and 15.4 x 11.5 inches or 39 x 29.3 cm for excellent quality prints.

The Nikon Coolpix A1000 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 6400. The corresponding ISO settings for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 are ISO 80 to ISO 3200, with the possibility to increase the ISO range to 80-12800.

A1000 versus HX80 MP

Since 2007, DXO Mark has published sensor performance measurements that have been derived using a consistent methodology. This service determines an overall sensor rating, as well as sub-scores for low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"), dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), and color depth ("DXO Portrait"). The following table provides an overview of the physical sensor characteristics, as well as the sensor quality measurements for a selection of comparators.

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Sensor Characteristics
    Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
1.
 
Nikon A1000 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p........
2.
 
Sony HX80 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p........
3.
 
Canon SX740 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........
4.
 
Canon SX720 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p........
5.
 
Canon SX710 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38881080/60p........
6.
 
Fujifilm XF10 APS-C 24.0 6000 40004K/15p........
7.
 
Nikon P950 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p........
8.
 
Nikon B600 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p........
9.
 
Nikon P1000 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p........
10.
 
Panasonic ZS80 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........
11.
 
Panasonic TS7 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p........
12.
 
Sony HX99 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........
13.
 
Sony HX95 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........
14.
 
Sony WX800 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36724K/30p........
15.
 
Sony RX100 V 1-inch 20.0 5472 36484K/30p22.812.458670
16.
 
Sony HX90V 1/2.3 18.0 4896 36721080/60p........

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. Both cameras under consideration have a sensor with sufficiently fast read-out times for moving pictures, but the A1000 provides a higher video resolution than the HX80. It can shoot video footage at 4K/30p, while the Sony is limited to 1080/60p.

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Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The two cameras under consideration are similar with respect to both having an electronic viewfinder. However, the one in the A1000 offers a substantially higher resolution than the one in the HX80 (1166k vs 638k dots). The adjacent table lists some of the other core features of the Nikon A1000 and Sony HX80 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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Core Features
    Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
1.
 
Nikon A10001166 n 3.0 1036 tilting Y 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
2.
 
Sony HX80638 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
3.
 
Canon SX740none n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/3200s 10.0 Y Y
4.
 
Canon SX720none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 5.9 Y Y
5.
 
Canon SX710none n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/3200s 6.0 Y Y
6.
 
Fujifilm XF10none n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/4000s 6.0 Y n
7.
 
Nikon P9502359 n 3.2 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
8.
 
Nikon B600none n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y
9.
 
Nikon P10002359 n 3.2 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y
10.
 
Panasonic ZS802330 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
11.
 
Panasonic TS71170 n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/1300s 10.0 Y Y
12.
 
Sony HX99638 n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
13.
 
Sony HX95638 n 3.0 922 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
14.
 
Sony WX800none n 3.0 922 tilting Y 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y
15.
 
Sony RX100 V2359 n 3.0 1229 tilting n 1/2000s 24.0 Y Y
16.
 
Sony HX90V638 n 3.0 921 tilting n 1/2000s 10.0 Y Y

One differentiating feature between the two cameras concerns the touch sensitivity of the rear screen. The A1000 has a touchscreen, while the HX80 has a conventional panel. Touch control can be particularly helpful, for example, for setting the focus point.

Both cameras have an articulated rear screen that can be turned to be front-facing. This feature will be particularly appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in taking selfies.

Both the A1000 and the HX80 have zoom lenses built in. The A1000 has a 24-840mm f/3.4-6.9 optic and the HX80 offers a 24-720mm f/3.5-6.4 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the Nikon and Sony provide the same view at the wide-angle end, but the Sony has less tele-photo reach at the long end. The A1000 offers the faster maximum aperture.

The A1000 writes its imaging data to SDXC cards, while the HX80 uses SDXC or Memory Stick PRO Duo cards. Both cameras can use UHS-I cards, which provide for Ultra High Speed data transfer of up to 104 MB/s.

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Connectivity comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Nikon Coolpix A1000 and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
    Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
1.
 
Nikon A1000-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
2.
 
Sony HX80-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
3.
 
Canon SX740-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
4.
 
Canon SX720-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
5.
 
Canon SX710-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
6.
 
Fujifilm XF10-stereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
7.
 
Nikon P950YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
8.
 
Nikon B600-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
9.
 
Nikon P1000YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-Y
10.
 
Panasonic ZS80-stereomono--micro2.0Y-Y
11.
 
Panasonic TS7-stereomono--micro2.0Y--
12.
 
Sony HX99-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
13.
 
Sony HX95-stereomono--micro2.0YYY
14.
 
Sony WX800-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
15.
 
Sony RX100 V-stereomono--micro2.0YY-
16.
 
Sony HX90V-stereomono--micro2.0YY-

Both the A1000 and the HX80 are recent models that are part of the current product line-up. The HX80 replaced the earlier Sony HX60, while the A1000 followed on from the Nikon A900. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Nikon and Sony websites.

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Review summary

So what conclusions can be drawn? Is there a clear favorite between the Nikon A1000 and the Sony HX80? Which camera is better? The listing below highlights the relative strengths of the two models.

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Arguments in favor of the Nikon Coolpix A1000:

  • Better video: Provides higher definition movie capture (4K/30p vs 1080/60p).
  • More detailed viewfinder: Has higher resolution electronic viewfinder (1166k vs 638k dots).
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1036k vs 922k dots).
  • Fewer buttons to press: Is equipped with a touch-sensitive rear screen to facilitate handling.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/4000s vs 1/2000s) to freeze action.
  • Better light gathering: Has a lens with a wider maximum aperture (f/3.4 vs f/3.5).
  • More tele-reach: Has a longer tele-lens for perspective compression and subject magnification.
  • Easier wireless transfer: Supports Bluetooth for image sharing without cables.
  • More modern: Reflects 2 years and 10 months of technical progress since the HX80 launch.

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Advantages of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80:

  • More detail: Has more megapixels (18 vs 15.9MP), which boosts linear resolution by 6%.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (10 vs 7 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • More compact: Is smaller (102x58mm vs 114x72mm) and will fit more readily into a bag.
  • Less heavy: Has a lower weight (by 85g or 26 percent) and is thus easier to take along.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (390 versus 250) out of a single battery charge.
  • Easier travel charging: Can be conveniently charged via its USB port.
  • Easier device pairing: Supports NFC for fast wireless image transfer over short distances.
  • More affordable: Was released into a lower priced segment (19 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More heavily discounted: Has been around for much longer (launched in March 2016).

If the count of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a measure, the match-up finishes in a tie (9 points each). However, the relative importance of the various individual camera aspects will vary according to personal preferences and needs, so that you might like to apply corresponding weights to the particular features before making a decision on a new camera. A professional wedding photographer will view the differences between cameras in a way that diverges from the perspective of a travel photog, and a person interested in cityscapes has distinct needs from a macro shooter. Hence, the decision which camera is best and worth buying is often a very personal one.

A1000 09:09 HX80

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Nikon A1000 and the Sony HX80 place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Superzoom Camera listing whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the specs-based evaluation of cameras can be instructive in revealing their potential as photographic tools, it says little about, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance of the A1000 and the HX80 in practical situations. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased.

Expert reviews

This is where reviews by experts come in. The table below provides a synthesis of the camera assessments of some of the best known photo-gear review sites (amateurphotographer [AP], cameralabs [CL], dpreview [DPR], ephotozine [EPZ], photographyblog [PB]). As can be seen, the professional reviewers agree in many cases on the quality of different cameras, but sometimes their assessments diverge, reinforcing the earlier point that a camera decision is often a very personal choice.

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Expert Camera Reviews
     Camera 
 Model 
 AP 
 score 
 CL 
 score 
 DPR 
 score 
 EPZ 
 score 
 PB 
 score 
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
1.
 
Nikon A1000..+ +..3.5/53/5 Jan 2019 429 i
2.
 
Sony HX80.......... Mar 2016 349 i
3.
 
Canon SX740..+..4/54/5 Jul 2018 399 i
4.
 
Canon SX720..+..4/54.5/5 Feb 2016 379i
5.
 
Canon SX710..+..4/53.5/5 Jan 2015 349i
6.
 
Fujifilm XF10....75/1004/54.5/5 Jul 2018 499 i
7.
 
Nikon P950......4/54/5 Jan 2020 799 i
8.
 
Nikon B600..+..3.5/53/5 Jan 2019 349 i
9.
 
Nikon P1000..+73/1003.5/53.5/5 Jul 2018 999 i
10.
 
Panasonic ZS80..+ +..4.5/5.. Feb 2019 449 i
11.
 
Panasonic TS7..+....3.5/5 May 2018 449 i
12.
 
Sony HX99......4/54.5/5 Aug 2018 449 i
13.
 
Sony HX95.......... Aug 2018 429 i
14.
 
Sony WX800.......... Oct 2018 399 i
15.
 
Sony RX100 V4.5/5+ +83/1004/54.5/5 Oct 2016 999 i
16.
 
Sony HX90V4/5+ +..4/54.5/5 Apr 2015 429 i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

The review scores listed above should be treated with care, though. The ratings are only valid when referring to cameras in the same category and of the same age. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and comparing ratings of very distinct cameras or ones that are far apart in terms of their release date have little meaning. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

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Did this review help to inform your camera decision process? In case you would like to check on the differences and similarities of other camera models, just use the search menu below. As an alternative, you can also directly jump to any one of the listed comparisons that were previously generated by the CAM-parator tool.

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    Specifications: Nikon A1000 vs Sony HX80

    Below is a side-by-side comparison of the specs of the two cameras to facilitate a quick review of their differences and common features.

    Camera Specifications
    Camera Model Nikon A1000 Sony HX80
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 24-840mm f/3.4-6.9 24-720mm f/3.5-6.4
    Launch Date January 2019 March 2016
    Launch Price USD 429 USD 349
    Sensor Specs Nikon A1000 Sony HX80
    Sensor Technology CMOS BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/2.3" Sensor 1/2.3" Sensor
    Sensor Size 6.17 x 4.55 mm 6.17 x 4.55 mm
    Sensor Area 28.0735 mm2 28.0735 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 7.7 mm 7.7 mm
    Crop Factor 5.6x 5.6x
    Sensor Resolution 15.9 Megapixels 18 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4608 x 3456 pixels 4896 x 3672 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.33 μm 1.25 μm
    Pixel Density 56.73 MP/cm2 64.04 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 4K/30p Video 1080/60p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 6,400 ISO 80 - 3,200 ISO
    ISO Boost no Enhancement 80 - 12,800 ISO
    Screen Specs Nikon A1000 Sony HX80
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 98% 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification
    Viewfinder Resolution 1166k dots 638k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 1036k dots 922k dots
    LCD Attachment Tilting screen Tilting screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen no Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Nikon A1000 Sony HX80
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Continuous Shooting 7 shutter flaps/s 10 shutter flaps/s
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards MS or SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support UHS-I UHS-I
    Connectivity Specs Nikon A1000 Sony HX80
    External Flash no Hotshoe no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in Wifi built-in
    Near-Field Communication no NFC NFC built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in no Bluetooth
    Body Specs Nikon A1000 Sony HX80
    Battery Type EN-EL12 NP-BX1
    Battery Life (CIPA)250 shots per charge390 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging no USB charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 114 x 72 x 41 mm
    (4.5 x 2.8 x 1.6 in)
    102 x 58 x 36 mm
    (4.0 x 2.3 x 1.4 in)
    Camera Weight 330 g (11.6 oz) 245 g (8.6 oz)

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