Ultracompact camera comparison

Started Sep 1, 2005 | Discussions
beefman New Member • Posts: 14
Ultracompact camera comparison

http://www.lumma.org/microwave/#2005.09.01

(I'd post it here, but constant-width fonts are apparently
unsupported.)

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.

-Carl

OP beefman New Member • Posts: 14
Re: Ultracompact camera comparison

The Kodak V550 should perhaps be included...

Camera..............Kodak V550
Price.................$370
Thickness...........0.9"
Focal length........36-108mm
Sensor size..........?
Weight (w/batt)..160g
Battery (CIPA).....?
mpeg4..............yes
SD media...........yes
Temp score........2

Fidelity rank.........?

Anti-shake...........yes
Video zoom.........yes

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
camera yet).

It picks up 2 points for its use of SD and mpeg4.

It is 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.

-Carl

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