Sanyo Japan today announced two new 'Xacti' digital cameras, the four megapixel DSC-S4 and the three megapixel DSC-S3. These two entry level compact digital cameras have an identical body design and appear to utilize the same lens but because of the different size of the CCD in each the DSC-S4 only achieves 2.8x optical zoom compared to the DSC-S3's 3.0x optical zoom. The DSC-S3's price works out at around US$300, the DSC-S4 at around $380.

Sanyo Xacti DSC-S4 / DSC-S3 specifications


  Sanyo Xacti DSC-S4 Sanyo Xacti DSC-S3
Sensor • 1/2.5" type CCD
• 4.0 million effective pixels
• 1/2.7" type CCD
• 3.2 million effective pixels
Lens • 2.8x optical zoom
• 37 - 105 mm equiv.
• F3.0 - F5.0
• 3.0x optical zoom
• 37 - 112 mm equiv.
• F2.9 - F5.0
Digital zoom Up to 4.0x
Focus distance • Normal: 50 cm - Infinity
• Macro: 2 cm - 50 cm
AF type 5 area
Manual focus 15 steps
Image sizes • 2288 x 1712
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
• 2048 x 1536
• 1600 x 1200
• 640 x 480
Interpolated sizes • 3264 x 2448 (8mp interpolated)
Movie clips • 320 x 240, 15 fps, no audio
• 160 x 120, 15 fps, no audio
File types • Still: JPEG
• Movies: MOV (Quicktime Motion JPEG)
Sensitivity Auto (50 - 200)  
Shooting modes • Auto
• Scene
Scene modes • Sports
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Night view
• Fireworks
• Cosmetics
• Slimness
• B&W
• Sepia
• Synthesis
• Proof
• Sports
• Portrait
• Landscape
• Night view
• Fireworks
• Cosmetics
• Slimness
• B&W
• Sepia
Shutter speed • Normal: 1/2 - 1/2000 sec
• Night: 2 - 1/2000 sec
• Flash: 1/30 - 1/2000 sec
Exposure comp. • +/-1.8 EV
• 0.3 EV steps
Metering TTL 256 multi-area
White balance • Auto
• Fine weather
• Cloudy
• Incandescent
• Fluorescent
Flash • Built-in
• Modes: Auto, On, Off, Red-eye reduction, Slow sync
LCD monitor • 1.8" TFT reflective
• 85,000 pixels
Viewfinder Optical
Storage • 16 MB built-in memory
• SD / MMC slot
Self-timer 2 or 10 sec
Connectivity USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 speed)
Power 2 x AA batteries (NiMH recommended)
Dimensions 91 x 62 x 31 mm
Weight (no batt) 140 g
Weight (inc batt) 185 g