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Compared to... five 8mp's

On this page we will examine the feature / specification differences between the five current eight megapixel prosumer digital cameras as well as some results from our testing / our experiences with the cameras. On the next page you will find our standard studio comparison.

Primary specification / feature differences

  Canon
Pro1
Nikon
Coolpix 8700
Olympus
C-8080 WZ
Konica Minolta
DiMAGE A2
Sony
DSC-F828
Sensor CFA RGB RGB RGB RGB RGBE
Lens zoom 7x 8x 5x 7x 7x
Zoom type Motor, ring Motor, lever Motor, lever Mechanical, ring Mechanical, ring
Zoom wide (eq.) 28 mm 35 mm 28 mm 28 mm 28 mm
Zoom tele (eq.) 200 mm 280 mm 140 mm 200 mm 200 mm
Zoom steps 40 steps 31 steps 18 steps Infinite Infinite
Stabilized No No No Yes, CCD No
ND Filter Yes No No No No
Lens aperture F2.4 - F3.5 F2.8 - F4.2 F2.4 - F3.5 F2.8 - F3.5 F2.0 - F2.8
Normal focus 50 cm 50 cm 80 cm 50 cm 50 cm
Macro focus 3 cm 3 cm 5 cm 13 cm 2 cm
Metering modes

Evaluative
CW avg.
Spot
Spot AF area

256 seg Matrix
CW avg.
Spot
Spot AF area

Digital ESP
Spot
Multi-spot
CW avg.

300 seg Multi
CW avg.
Spot
Spot AF area

Multi-pattern
CW avg.
Spot
Sensitivity ISO 50 - 400
4 steps
ISO 50 - 400
4 steps
ISO 50 - 400
9 steps
ISO 64 - 800
5 steps
ISO 64 - 800
5 steps
Continuous 2.5 fps
5 frames
2.5 fps
5 frames
1.6 fps
5 frames
2.7 fps
3 frames
2.5 fps
7 frames
Movie clips

640, 15 fps
320, 15 fps
Limited

640, 30 fps
320, 15 fps
Limited
640, 15 fps
320, 15 fps
160, 15 fps
Streaming
544, 15/30 fps
320, 15/30 fps
Limited
640, 30 fps
640, 16 fps
160, 8 fps
Streaming
Color space sRGB
Adobe RGB
sRGB sRGB sRGB
Adobe RGB
sRGB
sYCC
Image params Sharpness +/-1
Contrast +/-1
Saturation +/-1
Sharpness +/-1
Contrast +/-1
Saturation +/-2
Sharpness +/-5
Contrast +/-5
Saturation +/-5
Hue +/-5
Sharpness +/-1
Contrast +/-5
Saturation +/-5
Sharpness +/-1
Contrast +/-1
Saturation +/-1
Color mode
LCD 2.0" Tilt/Twist
235,000 pixels
1.8" Tilt/Twist
134,000 pixels
1.8" Tilt
134,000 pixels
1.8" Tilt
113,000 pixels
1.8" Tilt
134,000 pixels
EVF 235,000 pixels 235,000 pixels 240,000 pixels 922,000 pixels 235,000 pixels
Histogram Record review
Playback
Live view
Playback
Live view
Direct live view
Record review
Playback
Live view
Record review
Playback
Live view
Record review
Playback
Storage Compact Flash Compact Flash xD-Picture Card
Compact Flash
Compact Flash MS Pro
Compact Flash
Connectivity USB 1.1 USB 1.1 USB 2.0 USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Timelapse Yes Yes No Yes No
Remote control Supplied IR Optional wired Supplied IR Optional wired Optional wired
Dimensions (mm) 118 x 72 x 90 113 x 105 x 78 124 x 85 x 99 117 x 85 x 114 134 x 91 x 156
Weight (g) 640 512 724 654 906

From a specification / features point of view all of the cameras provide a very good range of photographic control and features. If we were to pick out one or two cameras I would probably put the Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2, Nikon Coolpix 8700 and Sony DSC-F828 at the top. I'm also a big believer in the significant advantages of mechanically linked zoom rings and the DiMAGE A2 and DSC-F828 are the only two cameras here which offer that.

Performance differences

  Canon
Pro1
Nikon
Coolpix 8700
Olympus
C-8080 WZ
Konica Minolta
DiMAGE A2
Sony
DSC-F828
Startup Below Average Below Average Very Good Good Good
AF speed Average Average Good Good Good
Off to taken Average Below Average Good Good Very Good
Shot to shot Good Average Average Good Good
Continuous Average Average Average Average Good
File Write Below Average Average Average   Good
Battery Life Below Average Average   Good Very Good

One camera appears to shine through from a performance point of view and that's the Sony DSC-F828 which was almost always responsive to use and delivers a more 'real time' photography experience. The Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom also performed very well, its sub one second startup time is a real eye opener.

Image quality differences

  Canon
Pro1
Nikon
Coolpix 8700
Olympus
C-8080 WZ
Konica Minolta
DiMAGE A2
Sony
DSC-F828
Resolution Very Good Average Very Good Below Average Good
ISO noise Average Average Good Good Above Average
Auto WB Average Very Good Good Average Average
Flash perf. Good Average Good Poor Average
Night exp. Good Good Good Average Good
Macro Average Very Good Good Good Average
Distortion Average Average Average Average Average
Vignetting Below Average Average Good Below Average Above Average
Fringing Average Average Average Average Poor
Add. issues None None None Soft images Green hue shift

It's interesting that the cameras from Nikon and Canon both delivered an average performance and the Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom comes through strong with low noise, good white balance, good image processing and a quality lens which exhibits virtually no problems. The Sony DSC-F828 and Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2 performed the least well, although the DSC-F828 delivered good results in most of the tests its strong purple fringing issue can't be ignored. The DiMAGE A2's 7x zoom lens is showing its age and really can't deliver consistently high resolution to this tiny eight megapixel sensor.

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KKramer
By KKramer (9 months ago)

One of my favorite cameras ever and I use it to this day. It is built like a tank. Slow by today's standards, it was way ahead of its time with a ⅔ sensor.

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ISOFIX
By ISOFIX (9 months ago)

Yes absolutely right, for me too, have it since amazing 8 years and still really good pictures coming out.

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