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.
Is the Nikon W150 a good camera? The W150 has a Camera Elo of 1180. 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 also ranks below average.
|Fixed lens compact camera|
|13 MP, 1/3.1" Sensor|
|ISO 125 - 1 600|
|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|
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.
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.
|Nikon W150||4.3 in||2.6 in||1.5 in||6.2 oz||220||Y||Apr 2019||159|
|Leica Q2||5.1 in||3.1 in||3.6 in||25.3 oz||370||Y||Mar 2019||4,995|
|Nikon B600||4.8 in||3.2 in||3.9 in||17.6 oz||280||n||Jan 2019||349|
|Nikon A1000||4.5 in||2.8 in||1.6 in||11.6 oz||250||n||Jan 2019||429|
|Nikon P1000||5.7 in||4.7 in||7.1 in||49.9 oz||250||n||Jul 2018||999|
|Nikon W300||4.4 in||2.6 in||1.1 in||8.1 oz||280||Y||May 2017||389|
|Panasonic TS7||4.6 in||3.0 in||1.5 in||11.3 oz||300||Y||May 2018||449|
|Ricoh WG-6||4.6 in||2.6 in||1.3 in||8.7 oz||340||Y||Feb 2019||399|
|Ricoh WG-60||4.8 in||2.4 in||1.2 in||6.8 oz||300||Y||Oct 2018||279|
|Sony RX0 II||2.3 in||1.6 in||1.4 in||4.7 oz||240||Y||Mar 2019||699|
|Sony RX0||2.3 in||1.6 in||1.2 in||3.9 oz||240||Y||Aug 2017||699|
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.
(1) Number of images that can be taken on a full battery charge according to the CIPA-standard; (2) Official announcement.
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.
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.
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.
|Leica Q2||Full Frame||46.7||8368||5584||4K/30p||26.4||13.5||2491||96|
|Sony RX0 II||1-inch||15.4||4800||3200||4K/30p||..||..||..||..|
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.
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.
|Sony RX0 II||none||n||1.5||230||tilting||n||..||5.5||n||n|
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.
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.
| WiFi |
|Sony RX0 II||-||stereo||mono||Y||-||micro||2.0||Y||-||Y|
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.
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).
|Nikon W150||+||..||3.5/5||..||3/5||Apr 2019||159|
|Leica Q2||..||84/100||4.5/5||..||4/5||Mar 2019||4,995|
|Nikon B600||+||..||3.5/5||..||3/5||Jan 2019||349|
|Nikon A1000||+ +||..||3.5/5||..||3/5||Jan 2019||429|
|Nikon P1000||+||73/100||3.5/5||4.5/5||3.5/5||Jul 2018||999|
|Nikon W300||+||..||4/5||..||4/5||May 2017||389|
|Panasonic TS7||+||..||..||..||3.5/5||May 2018||449|
|Ricoh WG-6||..||..||3.5/5||..||3.5/5||Feb 2019||399|
|Ricoh WG-60||..||..||..||..||..||Oct 2018||279|
|Sony RX0 II||..||..||3.5/5||..||4/5||Mar 2019||699|
|Sony RX0||..||..||3.5/5||..||4/5||Aug 2017||699|
|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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|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 Format||1/3.1" Sensor|
|Sensor Size||4.7 x 3.5 mm|
|Sensor Area||16 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||5.9 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||13 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||4 160 x 3 120 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 - 1 600 ISO|
|Viewfinder Type||No viewfinder|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||230k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Fixed screen|
|Focus System||Contrast-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||no Peaking Feature|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000s|
|Continuous Shooting||4.7 shutter flaps/s|
|Silent Shooting||Electronic Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||no Intervalometer|
|Fill Flash||Build-in Flash|
|Storage Medium||SDXC cards|
|Second Storage Option||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||no|
|External Flash||no Hotshoe|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||micro HDMI|
|Wifi Support||Wifi built-in|
|Bluetooth Support||Bluetooth built-in|
|Environmental Sealing||Waterproof body (10m)|
|Battery Type||EN-EL19 power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||220 shots per charge|
|In-Camera Charging||USB charging|
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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