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Nikon P7800 vs Olympus Stylus 1s

The Nikon Coolpix P7800 and the Olympus Stylus 1s are two digital cameras that were revealed to the public, respectively, in September 2013 and April 2015. Both the P7800 and the Stylus 1s are fixed lens compact cameras that are equipped with a 1/1.7-inch sensor. The Nikon has a resolution of 12 megapixels, whereas the Olympus provides 11.8 MP.

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

Headline Specifications
Nikon P7800 versus Olympus Stylus 1s
Nikon P7800 Olympus Stylus 1s
Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
28-200mm f/2.0-4.0 28-300mm f/2.8
12 MP, 1/1.7" Sensor 11.8 MP, 1/1.7" Sensor
1080/30p Video 1080/30p Video
ISO 80-3,200 (80 - 6,400) ISO 100-12,800
Electronic viewfinder (921k dots) Electronic viewfinder (1440k dots)
3.0 LCD, 921k dots 3.0 LCD, 1040k dots
Swivel screen (not touch-sensitive) Tilting touchscreen
8 shutter flaps per second 7 shutter flaps per second
350 shots per battery charge450 shots per battery charge
119 x 78 x 50 mm, 399 g 116 x 87 x 57 mm, 402 g

Going beyond this snapshot of core features and characteristics, what are the differences between the Nikon Coolpix P7800 and the Olympus Stylus 1s? 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

An illustration of the physical size and weight of the Nikon P7800 and the Olympus Stylus 1s is provided in the side-by-side display below. The two cameras are presented according to their relative size. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All width, height and depth dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Size Nikon P7800 vs Olympus Stylus 1s
Compare P7800 versus Stylus 1s top
Comparison P7800 or Stylus 1s rear

If the front view area (width x height) of the cameras is taken as an aggregate measure of their size, the Olympus Stylus 1s is notably larger (9 percent) than the Nikon P7800. Moreover, the Stylus 1s is slightly heavier (1 percent) than the P7800. In this context, it is worth noting that neither the P7800 nor the Stylus 1s are weather-sealed.

Concerning battery life, the P7800 gets 350 shots out of its EN-EL14 battery, while the Stylus 1s can take 450 images on a single charge of its BLS-50 power pack.

The adjacent table lists the principal physical characteristics of the two cameras alongside a wider set of alternatives. In case you want to display and compare another camera duo, you can use the CAM-parator app to select your camera combination among a large number of options.

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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 P7800 119 mm 78 mm 50 mm 399 g 350 n Sep 2013 549i
2.
 
Olympus Stylus 1s 116 mm 87 mm 57 mm 402 g 450 n Apr 2015 699 i
3.
 
Canon G5 X 112 mm 76 mm 44 mm 353 g 210 n Oct 2015 799i
4.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II 116 mm 74 mm 66 mm 553 g 240 n Feb 2014 799i
5.
 
Canon G16 109 mm 76 mm 40 mm 356 g 360 n Aug 2013 549 i
6.
 
Canon G15 107 mm 76 mm 40 mm 352 g 350 n Sep 2012 499i
7.
 
Canon G12 112 mm 76 mm 48 mm 401 g 370 n Sep 2010 499i
8.
 
Fujifilm X30 119 mm 72 mm 60 mm 423 g 470 n Aug 2014 599 i
9.
 
Fujifilm X20 117 mm 70 mm 57 mm 353 g 270 n Jan 2013 599i
10.
 
Fujifilm X10 117 mm 70 mm 57 mm 350 g 270 n Sep 2011 599i
11.
 
Olympus Stylus 1 116 mm 87 mm 57 mm 402 g 410 n Oct 2013 699i
12.
 
Panasonic LF1 103 mm 62 mm 28 mm 192 g 250 n Apr 2013 499 i
13.
 
Panasonic LX7 111 mm 68 mm 46 mm 298 g 330 n Jul 2012 499i
14.
 
Pentax MX-1 122 mm 61 mm 51 mm 391 g 290 n Jan 2013 499i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

Any camera decision will naturally be influenced heavily by the price. The retail prices at the time of the camera’s release place the model in the market relative to other models in the producer’s line-up and the competition. The P7800 was launched at a somewhat lower price (by 21 percent) than the Stylus 1s, 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 imaging sensor is at the core of digital cameras and its size is one of the main determining factors of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Moreover, a large sensor camera will give the photographer more control over depth-of-field in the image and, thus, the ability to better isolate a subject from the background. On the downside, larger sensors tend to be more expensive and lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

Both cameras under consideration feature a 1/1.7-inch sensor and have a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 4.5. 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.

In terms of underlying technology, both cameras are build around BSI-CMOS sensors.

Nikon P7800 and Olympus Stylus 1s sensor measures

While the two cameras under review share the same sensor size, the P7800 offers a slightly higher resolution of 12 megapixels, compared with 11.8 MP of the Stylus 1s. This megapixels advantage translates into a 0.8 percent gain in linear resolution. On the other hand, these sensor specs imply that the P7800 has a higher pixel density and a smaller size of the individual pixel (with a pixel pitch of 1.89μm versus 1.91μm for the Stylus 1s). Moreover, it should be noted that the Stylus 1s is a somewhat more recent model (by 1 year and 7 months) than the P7800, and its sensor might 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 the Stylus 1s has no anti-alias filter installed, so that it can capture all the detail its sensor resolves.

The Nikon Coolpix P7800 has a native sensitivity range from ISO 80 to ISO 3200, which can be extended to ISO 80-6400. The corresponding ISO settings for the Olympus Stylus 1s are ISO 100 to ISO 12800 (no boost).

P7800 versus Stylus 1s MP

For many cameras, data on sensor performance has been reported by DXO Mark. 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 P7800 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/30p21.211.720054
2.
 
Olympus Stylus 1s 1/1.7 11.8 3968 29761080/30p........
3.
 
Canon G5 X 1-inch 20.0 5472 36481080/60p........
4.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II 1.5-inch 13.0 4160 31201080/30p21.510.858158
5.
 
Canon G16 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/60p21.011.723054
6.
 
Canon G15 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/24p19.911.516546
7.
 
Canon G12 1/1.7 10.0 3648 2736720/24p20.411.216147
8.
 
Fujifilm X30 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p........
9.
 
Fujifilm X20 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/60p........
10.
 
Fujifilm X10 2/3 12.0 4000 30001080/30p20.511.324550
11.
 
Olympus Stylus 1 1/1.7 11.8 3968 29761080/30p20.711.617951
12.
 
Panasonic LF1 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/60i20.811.621152
13.
 
Panasonic LX7 1/1.7 10.0 3648 27361080/60p20.711.714750
14.
 
Pentax MX-1 1/1.7 12.0 4000 30001080/30p20.411.320849

Many modern cameras are not only capable of taking still images, but also of capturing video footage. The two cameras under consideration both have sensors whose read-out speed is fast enough to capture moving pictures, and both provide the same movie specifications (1080/30p).

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Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. The two cameras under review are similar with respect to both having an electronic viewfinder. However, the one in the Stylus 1s offers a substantially higher resolution than the one in the P7800 (1440k vs 921k dots). The following table reports on some other key feature differences and similarities of the Nikon P7800, the Olympus Stylus 1s, and comparable cameras.

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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 P7800921 n 3.0 921 swivel n 1/4000s 8.0 Y Y
2.
 
Olympus Stylus 1s1440 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 7.0 Y Y
3.
 
Canon G5 X2360 n 3.0 1040 swivel Y 1/2000s 5.9 Y Y
4.
 
Canon G1 X Mark IIoptional n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/4000s 5.2 Y Y
5.
 
Canon G16optical n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/4000s 2.2 Y Y
6.
 
Canon G15optical n 3.0 922 fixed n 1/4000s 2.1 Y Y
7.
 
Canon G12optical n 2.8 461 swivel n 1/4000s 1.1 Y Y
8.
 
Fujifilm X302360 n 3.0 920 tilting n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
9.
 
Fujifilm X20optical n 2.8 460 fixed n 1/4000s 12.0 Y Y
10.
 
Fujifilm X10optical n 2.8 460 fixed n 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y
11.
 
Olympus Stylus 11440 n 3.0 1040 tilting Y 1/2000s 7.0 Y Y
12.
 
Panasonic LF1200 n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 10.0 Y Y
13.
 
Panasonic LX7optional n 3.0 920 fixed n 1/4000s 11.0 Y Y
14.
 
Pentax MX-1none n 3.0 920 tilting n 1/8000s 1.0 Y Y

One differentiating feature between the two cameras concerns the touch sensitivity of the rear screen. The Stylus 1s has a touchscreen, while the P7800 has a conventional panel. Touch control can be particularly helpful, for example, for setting the focus point.

The P7800 has an articulated LCD that can be turned to be front-facing. This characteristic will be appreciated by vloggers and photographers who are interested in snapping selfies. In contrast, the Stylus 1s does not have a selfie-screen.

The Nikon P7800 and the Olympus Stylus 1s both have an intervalometer built-in. This enables the photographer to capture time lapse sequences, such as flower blooming, a sunset or moon rise, without purchasing an external camera trigger and related software.

Both the P7800 and the Stylus 1s have zoom lenses built in. The P7800 has a 28-200mm f/2.0-4.0 optic and the Stylus 1s offers a 28-300mm f/2.8-2.8 (focal lengths in full frame equivalent terms). Hence, the Nikon and Olympus provide the same view at the wide-angle end, but the Olympus has more tele-photo reach at the long end. The P7800 offers the faster maximum aperture.

Concerning the storage of imaging data, both the P7800 and the Stylus 1s write their files to SDXC cards.

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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 P7800 and Olympus Stylus 1s 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 P7800YstereomonoY-mini2.0---
2.
 
Olympus Stylus 1sYstereomono--micro2.0Y--
3.
 
Canon G5 XYstereomono--mini2.0YY-
4.
 
Canon G1 X Mark IIYstereomono--mini2.0YY-
5.
 
Canon G16Ystereomono--mini2.0Y--
6.
 
Canon G15Ystereomono--mini2.0---
7.
 
Canon G12Ystereomono--mini2.0---
8.
 
Fujifilm X30Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--
9.
 
Fujifilm X20Ystereomono--micro2.0---
10.
 
Fujifilm X10Ystereomono--mini2.0---
11.
 
Olympus Stylus 1Ystereomono--micro2.0Y--
12.
 
Panasonic LF1-stereomono--mini2.0YY-
13.
 
Panasonic LX7Ystereomono--mini2.0---
14.
 
Pentax MX-1-stereomono--mini2.0---

It is notable that the P7800 has a microphone port, which is missing on the Stylus 1s. Such an external microphone input can help to substantially improve the quality of audio recordings when a good external microphone is used.

The Stylus 1s is a recent model that features in the current product line-up of Olympus. In contrast, the P7800 has been discontinued (but can be found pre-owned on eBay). There has not been a direct replacement model for the P7800 from Nikon. Further information on the two cameras (e.g. user guides, manuals), as well as related accessories, can be found on the official Nikon and Olympus websites.

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Review summary

So what is the bottom line? Is the Nikon P7800 better than the Olympus Stylus 1s or vice versa? A synthesis of the relative strong points of each of the models is listed below.

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Reasons to prefer the Nikon Coolpix P7800:

  • Better moiré control: Has an anti-alias filter to avoid artificial patterns to appear in images.
  • Better sound: Can connect to an external microphone for higher quality sound recording.
  • More flexible LCD: Has a swivel screen for odd-angle shots in portrait or landscape orientation.
  • More selfie-friendly: Has an articulated screen that can be turned to be front-facing.
  • Faster shutter: Has higher mechanical shutter speed (1/4000s vs 1/2000s) to freeze action.
  • Faster burst: Shoots at higher frequency (8 vs 7 flaps/sec) to capture the decisive moment.
  • Better light gathering: Has a lens with a wider maximum aperture (f/2.0 vs f/2.8).
  • More affordable: Was introduced into a lower priced segment (21 percent cheaper at launch).
  • More heavily discounted: Has been on the market for longer (launched in September 2013).

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Arguments in favor of the Olympus Stylus 1s:

  • Maximized detail: Lacks an anti-alias filter to exploit the sensor's full resolution potential.
  • More detailed viewfinder: Has higher resolution electronic viewfinder (1440k vs 921k dots).
  • More detailed LCD: Has a higher resolution rear screen (1040k vs 921k dots).
  • Fewer buttons to press: Has a touchscreen to facilitate handling and shooting adjustments.
  • More tele-reach: Has a longer tele-lens for perspective compression and subject magnification.
  • Longer lasting: Gets more shots (450 versus 350) out of a single battery charge.
  • Easier file upload: Has wifi built in for automatic backup or image transfer to the web.
  • More modern: Was introduced somewhat (1 year and 7 months) more recently.

If the number of relative strengths (bullet points above) is taken as a guide, the P7800 comes out slightly ahead of the Stylus 1s (9 : 8 points). However, the pertinence of the various camera strengths will differ across photographers, so that you might want to weigh individual camera traits according to their importance for your own imaging needs before making a camera decision. 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.

P7800 09:08 Stylus 1s

How about other alternatives? Do the specifications of the Nikon P7800 and the Olympus Stylus 1s place the cameras among the top in their class? Find out in the latest Best Travel-Zoom Camera and Best Superzoom Camera listings whether the two cameras rank among the cream of the crop.

In any case, while the comparison of technical specifications can provide a useful overview of the capabilities of different cameras, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the shooting experience and imaging performance when actually working with the P7800 or the Stylus 1s. 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 why expert reviews are important. The following table reports the overall ratings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera 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 P78003/5....4/54.5/5 Sep 2013 549i
2.
 
Olympus Stylus 1s.......... Apr 2015 699 i
3.
 
Canon G5 X5/5+ +78/1004.5/54.5/5 Oct 2015 799i
4.
 
Canon G1 X Mark II3/5+77/1004/54.5/5 Feb 2014 799i
5.
 
Canon G164/5+..4.5/54.5/5 Aug 2013 549 i
6.
 
Canon G154/5+76/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2012 499i
7.
 
Canon G124/5+73/1004.5/54.5/5 Sep 2010 499i
8.
 
Fujifilm X304/5..76/1004.5/54.5/5 Aug 2014 599 i
9.
 
Fujifilm X204/5+ +77/1004.5/55/5 Jan 2013 599i
10.
 
Fujifilm X10....76/1004/54.5/5 Sep 2011 599i
11.
 
Olympus Stylus 1..+ +..4.5/54.5/5 Oct 2013 699i
12.
 
Panasonic LF13/5+..4/54.5/5 Apr 2013 499 i
13.
 
Panasonic LX73/5+ +75/1004/54.5/5 Jul 2012 499i
14.
 
Pentax MX-13/5..74/1004/54/5 Jan 2013 499i
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 comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, please note that some of the review sites have changed their methodology and reporting over time.

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    Specifications: Nikon P7800 vs Olympus Stylus 1s

    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 P7800 Olympus Stylus 1s
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 28-200mm f/2.0-4.0 28-300mm f/2.8
    Launch Date September 2013 April 2015
    Launch Price USD 549 USD 699
    Sensor Specs Nikon P7800 Olympus Stylus 1s
    Sensor Technology BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/1.7" Sensor 1/1.7" Sensor
    Sensor Size 7.6 x 5.7 mm 7.6 x 5.7 mm
    Sensor Area 43.32 mm2 43.32 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 9.5 mm 9.5 mm
    Crop Factor 4.5x 4.5x
    Sensor Resolution 12 Megapixels 11.8 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4000 x 3000 pixels 3968 x 2976 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.89 μm 1.91 μm
    Pixel Density 27.70 MP/cm2 27.26 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter no AA filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 80 - 3,200 ISO 100 - 12,800 ISO
    ISO Boost 80 - 6,400 ISO no Enhancement
    DXO Sensor Quality (score) 54 ..
    DXO Color Depth (bits) 21.2 ..
    DXO Dynamic Range (EV) 11.7 ..
    DXO Low Light (ISO) 200 ..
    Screen Specs Nikon P7800 Olympus Stylus 1s
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100% 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.58x
    Viewfinder Resolution 921k dots 1440k dots
    LCD Framing Live View Live View
    Rear LCD Size 3.0inch 3.0inch
    LCD Resolution 921k dots 1040k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen Tilting screen
    Touch Input no Touchscreen Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs Nikon P7800 Olympus Stylus 1s
    Focus System Contrast-detect AF Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing Aidno Peaking FeatureFocus Peaking
    Max Shutter Speed (mechanical) 1/4000s 1/2000s
    Continuous Shooting 8 shutter flaps/s 7 shutter flaps/s
    Time-Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer built-inIntervalometer built-in
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot Single card slot
    UHS card support no no
    Connectivity Specs Nikon P7800 Olympus Stylus 1s
    External Flash Hotshoe Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0 USB 2.0
    HDMI Port mini HDMI micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port no MIC socket
    Wifi Support no Wifi Wifi built-in
    Body Specs Nikon P7800 Olympus Stylus 1s
    Battery Type EN-EL14 BLS-50
    Battery Life (CIPA)350 shots per charge450 shots per charge
    Body Dimensions 119 x 78 x 50 mm
    (4.7 x 3.1 x 2.0 in)
    116 x 87 x 57 mm
    (4.6 x 3.4 x 2.2 in)
    Camera Weight 399 g (14.1 oz) 402 g (14.2 oz)

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