Why does nikon....

Started May 28, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Ted Kahn
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Re: Why does nikon....
In reply to sshoihet, May 30, 2013

sshoihet wrote:

The 35mm equivalent for fixed lens cameras isn't meaningless, it gives the average buyer a (somewhat arbitrary) baseline to compare each camera.  How is the average person going to easily compare two compact camera focal lengths when one has a 1/2.3" sensor and the other has a 1/1.7" sensor? If they like the FL of their smart phone, how are they going to know what the length is on a P&S?

My S96 is 6mm at the wide end VS ~4mm for my phone... that is of almost no use to most people; they are both the same equivalent length.

It makes sense to have a standard way of making the comparison, but I don't think 35 mm equivalents convey any useful information to most people.  It just seems to cause a lot of confusion.  For cameras that don't have interchangeable lenses the manufacturer could give the angle of view, or the range of angles if the camera has a zoom lens.  For cameras with interchangeable lenses it's usually easy to look up the angle of view for any lens on the manufacturer's website.

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