Ultracompact camera comparison
(I'd post it here, but constant-width fonts are apparently
How the scoring works:
A camera can earn up to 1 point in each category, if the
cameras differ in that category and if the given camera
achives (or ties for) the best value.
Price - not used (since they're all close).
Thickness - thinner is better.
Focal length - smallest minimum wins.
Sensor size - largest wins.
Weight - smaller is better.
Battery - more is better.
mpeg4 - yes is better.
SD media - yes is better.
How the fidelity guess works:
Canon is usually best, though colors have historically been
oversaturated in their consumer cams.
Fuji's HD sensor really does seem to work, and high-ISO
performance is currently the bugaboo of digicams.
Samples from Pentax's sliding-lens cameras have been
dismal for several generations, even compared with their
Casio counterparts. Though perhaps they'll turn it
around this time. Speculation: did Pentax/Casio take
dev. of this system in-house, or are they still branding it?
If the latter, we can expect a new line of Casios soon.
Still image samples from the Sanyo VPC-C5 have been
impressive, but it's primarily a video device, so...
Nevertheless, placing the lens in the long-axis of the
device gives many advantages (including a 5X optical
zoom factor even with a 1/2.5" sensor). Today's Nikon
S4 news is exciting for this reason.
The Kodak V550 should perhaps be included...
Aside from video features the Canon SD450 should blow this
away, though I don't know enough about Kodak to guess
the fidelity (and I haven't seen 3rd-party samples for this
It picks up 2 points for its use of SD and mpeg4.
the only ultracompact still-camera-shaped thing I know
of to have mpeg4, digital anti-shake, AND the ability to use
the optical zoom while filming.
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