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Nikon W150 Comparison Review

The Nikon Coolpix W150 is a fixed lens compact camera that was officially introduced in April 2019 and is equipped with a 1/3.1-inch sensor. It offers a resolution of 13 megapixel.

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Is the Nikon W150 a good camera? The W150 has a Camera Elo of 1103. This rating puts the W150 below average of all travel zoom compact cameras. In terms of its sensor size category (small sensor cameras), the W150 ranks among the top 50 percent. Based on its within category standings, the camera earns a 3-star performance rating.

Headline Specifications
Nikon W150
Fixed lens compact camera
30-90mm f/3.3-5.9
13 MP, 1/3.1" Sensor
1080/30p Video
ISO 125-1600
No viewfinder, LCD framing
2.7" LCD, 230k dots
Fixed screen (not touch-sensitive)
4.7 shutter flaps per second
Waterproof body (10m)
220 shots per battery charge
110 x 67 x 38 mm, 177 g


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Read on to find out more about the camera's size, sensor, features, reception by expert reviewers, and how it compares to other digital cameras.

Body comparison with a credit card

The physical dimensions of the Nikon W150 relative to a credit card are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. Three consecutive perspectives from the front, the top, and the back are presented. All size dimensions are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Nikon W150 vs credit card front
W150 versus credit card top view
W150 and credit card rear side

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Nikon W150 alongside a set of comparators. If you want to review a camera pair side-by-side, just select a right-side comparator from among the camera models in the table. Alternatively, you can also move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.

Camera Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life
(CIPA)
Weather
Sealing
(yes/no)
Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Nikon W150 4.3 in 2.6 in 1.5 in 6.2 oz 220 Y Apr 2019 159 i i Nikon W150
 
Leica Q2« » 5.1 in 3.1 in 3.6 in 25.3 oz 370 Y Mar 2019 4,995 i i Leica Q2
 
Nikon B600« » 4.8 in 3.2 in 3.9 in 17.6 oz 280 n Jan 2019 349 i i Nikon B600
 
Nikon A1000« » 4.5 in 2.8 in 1.6 in 11.6 oz 250 n Jan 2019 429 i i Nikon A1000
 
Nikon P1000« » 5.7 in 4.7 in 7.1 in 49.9 oz 250 n Jul 2018 999 i i Nikon P1000
 
Nikon W300« » 4.4 in 2.6 in 1.1 in 8.1 oz 280 Y May 2017 389 i i Nikon W300
 
Panasonic TS7« » 4.6 in 3.0 in 1.5 in 11.3 oz 300 Y May 2018 449 i i Panasonic TS7
 
Ricoh WG-6« » 4.6 in 2.6 in 1.3 in 8.7 oz 340 Y Feb 2019 399 i i Ricoh WG-6
 
Ricoh WG-60« » 4.8 in 2.4 in 1.2 in 6.8 oz 300 Y Oct 2018 279 i i Ricoh WG-60
 
Sony RX0 II« » 2.3 in 1.6 in 1.4 in 4.7 oz 240 Y Mar 2019 699 i i Sony RX0 II
 
Sony RX0« » 2.3 in 1.6 in 1.2 in 3.9 oz 240 Y Aug 2017 699- i Sony RX0
Note: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.

The listed prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The Nikon W150 was launched in the US market at a price of $159. 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. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison with a 35mm slide

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants 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. 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 are more costly to manufacture and tent to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

The Nikon W150 features a 1/3.1-inch sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 7.4. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Nikon W150 among the smaller-sensor digicams that favor affordability and compact design.

Nikon W150 sensor measures

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for most cameras. 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 adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

Sensor Characteristics
  Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
Camera
Model
 
Nikon W150 1/3.1 13.0 4160 31201080/30p----Nikon W150
 
Leica Q2« » Full Frame 46.7 8368 55844K/30p26.413.5249196Leica Q2
 
Nikon B600« » 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/30p----Nikon B600
 
Nikon A1000« » 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p----Nikon A1000
 
Nikon P1000« » 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p----Nikon P1000
 
Nikon W300« » 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34564K/30p----Nikon W300
 
Panasonic TS7« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p----Panasonic TS7
 
Ricoh WG-6« » 1/2.3 20.2 5184 38884K/30p----Ricoh WG-6
 
Ricoh WG-60« » 1/2.3 15.9 4608 34561080/60p----Ricoh WG-60
 
Sony RX0 II« » 1-inch 15.4 4800 32004K/30p----Sony RX0 II
 
Sony RX0« » 1-inch 15.4 4800 32001080/60p22.412.454868Sony RX0

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The W150 indeed provides movie recording capabilities. The highest resolution format that the W150 can use is 1080/30p.

Feature comparison

Apart from body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a variety of features. The adjacent tables list some of the other core features of the Nikon W150 along with similar information for a selection of comparators.

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
Camera
Model
 
Nikon W150- n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/2000s 4.7 Y n Nikon W150
 
Leica Q2« »3680 n 3.0 1040 fixed Y 1/2000s 20.0 n Y Leica Q2
 
Nikon B600« »- n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.4 Y Y Nikon B600
 
Nikon A1000« »1166 n 3.0 1036 tilting Y 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y Nikon A1000
 
Nikon P1000« »2359 n 3.2 921 swivel n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y Nikon P1000
 
Nikon W300« »- n 3.0 921 fixed n 1/4000s 7.0 Y Y Nikon W300
 
Panasonic TS7« »1170 n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/1300s 10.0 Y Y Panasonic TS7
 
Ricoh WG-6« »- n 3.0 1040 fixed n 1/4000s 1.0 Y n Ricoh WG-6
 
Ricoh WG-60« »- n 2.7 230 fixed n 1/4000s 8.0 Y n Ricoh WG-60
 
Sony RX0 II« »- n 1.5 230 tilting n .. 5.5 n n Sony RX0 II
 
Sony RX0« »- n 1.5 230 fixed n .. 5.5 n n Sony RX0

One convenient feature of the W150 is the presence of an on-board flash. While this built-in flash is not very powerful, it can at times be useful as a fill-in light to brighten deep shadow areas.

 

Connection 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 W150 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

Input-Output Connections
  Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Type
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
Camera
Model
 
Nikon W150-stereomono--micro2.0Y-YNikon W150
 
Leica Q2« »Ystereomono----Y-YLeica Q2
 
Nikon B600« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y-YNikon B600
 
Nikon A1000« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y-YNikon A1000
 
Nikon P1000« »YstereomonoY-micro2.0Y-YNikon P1000
 
Nikon W300« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y-YNikon W300
 
Panasonic TS7« »-stereomono--micro2.0Y--Panasonic TS7
 
Ricoh WG-6« »-monomono--micro3.0---Ricoh WG-6
 
Ricoh WG-60« »-monomono--micro2.0---Ricoh WG-60
 
Sony RX0 II« »-stereomonoY-micro2.0Y-YSony RX0 II
 
Sony RX0« »-stereomonoY-micro2.0Y-YSony RX0

It is notable that the W150 offers wifi support. Wifi can be a very convenient means to transfer image data to an off-camera location.

 

The W150 has a zoom lens built in (4.1-12.3mm f/3.3-5.9), which, in full frame equivalent terms, provides a focal length range from 30 to 90mm. The camera is, hence, ready to shoot, while remaining more compact in size than an interchangeable lens camera with an optic that offers similar focal length and aperture specifications.

Expert reviews

While the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it says nothing about, for example, the handling, responsiveness, and overall imaging quality of the W150 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. This is where reviews by experts come in. The following table reports the overall rankings of the cameras as published by some of the major camera review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, photographyblog).

Review Scores
  Camera
Model
cameralabs dpreview ephotozine imaging-resource photographyblog Camera
Launch
(announced)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(USD)
Used
Price
(USD)
Camera
Model
 
Nikon W150----- Apr 2019 159 i i Nikon W150
 
Leica Q2« »-84/100--- Mar 2019 4,995 i i Leica Q2
 
Nikon B600« »--3.5/5-3/5 Jan 2019 349 i i Nikon B600
 
Nikon A1000« »--3.5/5-3/5 Jan 2019 429 i i Nikon A1000
 
Nikon P1000« »+73/1003.5/54.5/53.5/5 Jul 2018 999 i i Nikon P1000
 
Nikon W300« »+-4/5-4/5 May 2017 389 i i Nikon W300
 
Panasonic TS7« »+---3.5/5 May 2018 449 i i Panasonic TS7
 
Ricoh WG-6« »----- Feb 2019 399 i i Ricoh WG-6
 
Ricoh WG-60« »----- Oct 2018 279 i i Ricoh WG-60
 
Sony RX0 II« »----- Mar 2019 699 i i Sony RX0 II
 
Sony RX0« »--3.5/5-4/5 Aug 2017 699- i Sony RX0
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (-) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The ratings were established in reference to similarly priced cameras that were available in the market at the time of the review. 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. It should also be noted that some of the review sites have over time altered the way they render their verdicts.

Nikon W150 FAQ

Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the W150.

What technology is the imaging sensor in the W150 based on?

The camera features a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.

What is the ISO sensitivity range of the W150?

The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 125 to ISO 1600.

Is completely silent shooting possible with the Nikon W150?

The camera has an electronic shutter option, so that it is indeed feasible to capture images without any shutter noise.

Does the Nikon W150 feature an autofocus assist light?

Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.

Which battery does the W150 use?

The camera gets its power from the EN-EL19, which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.

Camera to camera comparisons

If you would like to see a side-by-side review of this and another camera, just use the search menu below. There is also a set of direct links to comparison reviews that other users of the CAM-parator app explored.

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    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Nikon W150
    Camera Type Fixed lens compact camera
    Camera Lens 30-90mm f/3.3-5.9
    Launch Date April 2019
    Launch Price USD 159
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology CMOS
    Sensor Format 1/3.1" Sensor
    Sensor Size 4.7 x 3.5 mm
    Sensor Area 16.45 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 5.9 mm
    Crop Factor 7.4x
    Sensor Resolution 13 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 4160 x 3120 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 1.11 μm
    Pixel Density 78.90 MP/cm2
    Moiré control no AA filter
    Movie Capability 1080/30p Video
    ISO Setting 125-1600 ISO
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type No viewfinder
    LCD Framing Live View
    Rear LCD Size 2.7 inch
    LCD Resolution 230k dots
    LCD Attachment Fixed screen
    Shooting Specs
    Autofocus System Contrast-detect AF
    Manual Focusing AidNo Peaking Feature
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/2000s
    Continuous Shooting 4.7 shutter flaps/s
    Silent ShootingElectronic Shutter
    Time Lapse Photographyno Intervalometer
    Fill Flash Build-in Flash
    Storage Medium SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Single card slot
    UHS card support no
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash no Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 2.0
    HDMI Port micro HDMI
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs
    Environmental SealingWaterproof body (10m)
    Battery Type EN-EL19 power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)220 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 110 x 67 x 38 mm
    (4.3 x 2.6 x 1.5 in)
    Camera Weight 177 g (6.2 oz)

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