Thursday, February 22, 2007

The summary table of the best SLR-like camera specifications

I don’t know who gives rise to SLR-like cameras. May be this strange kind of photo devices was born because some marketing experts wanted to have a new piece of digital camera market. Some opticians may have created such an excellent universal lens that forced them to build a special camera for it. But now we see this sort of cameras for people who are ready to have a cool and big device without any SLR complexities. For those who want to capture a moment without changing (and buying) lenses. It is interesting that Canon and Nikon made their best SLR-like cameras in 2004. But Sony and Panasonic (with there lenses manufacturers Carl Zeiss and Leica) are showing activity in SLR-like market right now.
More SLR-like camera's Comparison.
I have made that table because it’s impossible to talk about photo cameras while not mentioning SLR-like ones. However when I hold Sony DSC-R1 in my hands I recall old machine gun advertisement: Better means to get back at neighbors!

Camera
Nikon Coolpix 8700
Canon PowerShot Pro1
Olympus SP-550 UZ
Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Fujifilm FinePix S9100
Sony DSC-R1
Samsung Pro815
Format
SLR-like
SLR-like
SLR-like
SLR-like
SLR-like
SLR-like
SLR-like
Max resolution
3264 x 2448
3264 x 2448
3072 x 2304
3648 x 2736
3488 x 2616
3888 x 2592
3264 x 2448
Min resolution
2592 x 1944... 640 x 480
2272 x 1704... 640 x 480
2560 x 1920... 640 x 480
3264 x 2448... 1600 x1200
2592 x 1944... 640 x 480
3264 x 2176... 1296 x 864
2400 x 1800... 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h
4:3
4:3
4:3, 3:2
4:3, 3:2, 16:9
4:3, 3:2
3:2
4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels
8.0 million
8.0 million
7.1 million
10,0 million
9.1 million
10.0 million
8.0 million
Sensor photo detectors
8.3 million
8.3 million
7.4 million
10,4 million
9.2 million
10.8 million
8.3 million
Sensor size mm
2/3 " (8.80 x 6.60 mm)
2/3" (8.80 x 6.60 mm)
1/2.5 "
1/1.8 " (7.18 x 5.32 mm)
1/1.6 "
21.5 x 14.4 mm
2/3 " (8.80 x 6.60 mm)
Sensor type
CCD
CCD
CCD
CCD
CCD
CMOS
CCD
Sensor mfr.
Sony
?
Matsushita
Matsushita
Fujifilm SuperCCD V HR
Sony

ISO rating
Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
50, 100, 200, 400
Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, (5000 with limitations)
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, (3200 boost)
Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Auto, 160, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Auto, 50, 100, 200, 400
Zoom wide (W)
35 mm
28 mm
28 mm
35 mm
28 mm
24 mm
28 mm
Zoom tele (T)
280 mm (8 x)
200 mm (7.1 x)
504 mm (18 x)
420 mm (12 x)
300 mm (10.7 x)
120 mm (5 x)
420 mm (15 x)
Normal focus range
50 cm
50 cm
10 cm
30 cm
?
?
10 cm
Macro focus range
3 cm
3 / 10 cm
1 cm
5 cm
?
?
3 cm
Auto focus tape
?
TTL, FlexiZone
TTL
TTL
?
Multi-Point AF (5 area), Center AF, Spot AF (flexible)
TTL
White balance override
5 positions, fine tunable, manual preset
6 positions & manual preset
5 positions, plus manual
4 positions, plus 2 manual
6 positions plus manual
5 positions plus manual
5 positions plus manual
Aperture range
F2.8 - F8 (wide), F4.2 - F7.4 (tele)
F2.4 - F3.5 / F8
F2.8 - F4.5
F2.8 - F3.7 / F11
F2.8 - F4.9
F2.8 - F4.8 / F16
F2.2 - F4.6 / ?
Min shutter
8 sec + Bulb
15 sec
15 sec
60 sec
30 sec
30 sec (Bulb 3 mins)
30 sec
Max shutter
1/4000 sec
1/4000 sec
1/2000 sec
1/2000 sec
1/4000 sec
1/2000 sec
1/4000 sec
Built-in flash
Yes, pop-up
Yes, pop-up
Yes, pop-up
Yes, pop-up
Yes, pop-up
Yes, pop-up
Yes
Flash guide nu.
4 m (13.1 ft) m
5.0 m (16.4 ft) 0 m
4.5 m (14.7 ft) 5 m
7 m (22.9 ft) m
5.6 m (18.3 ft) 6 m
8.5 m (27.8 ft) 5 m
3.7 m (12.1 ft) 7 m
External flash
Yes, ISO 518 hot-shoe
Yes, hot-shoe
No
Yes, hot-shoe
Yes, hot-shoe
Yes, hot-shoe
Yes, hot-shoe
Flash modes
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow, Off
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync, Off
Auto, Red-Eye, Forced, Off, Slow 1&2, External
Auto, Red-Eye Auto, On, Red-Eye On, Red-Eye Slow Sync, Off, Slow Sync (1&2)
Auto, On, Red-eye reduction, Slow, Off
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
Auto, On, Off, Auto red-eye, Slow Sync
Exposure compensation
-2 to +2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
-2 to +2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
-2 to +2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
-2 to +2 EV in 0.3 EV steps
-2.0 to +2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
-2 to +2 EV in 1/3 EV Steps
-2 to +2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
Metering
256 segment Matrix, Center-Weighted, Spot, Spot AF Area
Evaluative, Center Weighted, Spot
ESP multi-pattern, Center-Weighted, Spot
Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
256 segment, CW-average, Spot
Multi-Segment, Center weighted, Spot
Multi, Center weighted, Spot
Lens thread
Req. optional adapter
Yes, optional Bayonet
?
Yes, 55 mm

67 mm
No
Continuous Drive
Yes, 2.5 fps; 5 images, 1.2 fps; 12 images
Yes, 2.5 fps, max 6 images
Yes, 15 fps (1.2 MP), 7 fps (3 MP), 1.2 fps (Full size)
Yes 2 or 1 fps, max 3/5 images
Yes, 1.5 fps, up to 4 frames
Yes, 3 fps, 3 images
Yes, 1.5/2.5 fps
Movie Clips
640 x 480; 30 fps; 35 sec, 320 x 240; 5 fps; 180 sec with audio
640 x 480, 15 fps, audio, max 3 mins
Yes, 640 x 480, 320 x 240, 30 fps
848 x 480, 640 x 480, 320 x 240, 30 or 10 fps, audio, unlimited
640 x 480, 320 x 240, 30 fps with audio
No
640 x 480, 320 x 240, 160 x 120, 25/15 fps
Remote control
USB wired (Optional)
Wireless
?
?
No
Optional wired
?
Self-timer
3 or 10 sec
2 or 10 sec
Yes
2 or 10 sec
2 or 10 sec
10 sec
2 or 10 sec
Orientation sensor
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
Storage types
Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Compact Flash (Type I or II)
xD Picture Card + Internal
SD/MMC/SDHC card
xD Picture Card + Compact Flash Type I or II
SD/MMC card Memory Stick / Pro, Compact Flash (Type I or II)
Compact Flash Type I or II
Storage included
?
64 MB CompactFlash
20 MB Internal
32 MB SD card
?
None
?
Format
RAW, TIFF / JPEG
RAW / JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
RAW / JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
RAW / JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
RAW / JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
RAW / JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
RAW, TIFF / JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
Quality Levels
Raw, Hi, Fine, Normal, Basic
RAW, Super-Fine Fine, Normal
Standard, High, Super High
Fine, Standard
Normal, Fine
Standard, Fine
Super fine, Fine, Normal
Viewfinder
Electronic
Electronic
Electronic
Electronic
Electronic
Electronic
TTL
LCD/Pixels
1.8 " (flip-out & twist) / 134,000
2,0"/ 235,000 (flip-out & twist)
2.5" Flip-up /230,000
2,0"/ 207,000 (flip-down & twist)
2,0"/ 235,000
2,0"/ 134,000
3,5"/ 235,000
Video out/USB
Yes
Yes, 2.0
Yes
Yes, 2.0
Yes, 2.0
Yes, 2.0
Yes, 2.0
Battery
Nikon EN-EL1 Lithium-Ion & charger included
Canon Lithium-Ion & charger
AA (4) batteries (NiMH recommended)
Lithium-Ion rechargeable
AA (4) batteries (NiMH recommended)
InfoLithium (NP-FM50) & charger
Lithium-Ion rechargeable
Weight (inc. batteries)
512 g (18.1 oz)
640 g
460 g (16.2 oz)
734 g (25.9 oz)
750 g (26.5 oz)
995 g (35.1 oz)
910 g (32.1 oz)
Dimensions
113 x 105 x 78 mm (4.5 x 4.1 x 3.1 in)
118 x 72 x 90 mm (4.6 x 2.8 x 3.5 in)
116 x 79 x 78 mm (4.6 x 3.1 x 3.1 in)
141 x 86 x 142 mm (5.6 x 3.4 x 5.6 in)
128 x 93 x 129 mm (5 x 3.7 x 5.1 in
139 x 168 x 97 mm (5.5 x 6.6 x 3.8 in)
136 x 87 x 79 mm (5.4 x 3.4 x 3.1 in)
Notes
Best-Shot selector, Manual ISO control, manual white balance
ND filter, "L" lens

Panasonic's first digital SLR
Mechanically linked zoom Also known as Fujifilmn FinePix S9600
Carl Zeiss T* lens, mechanically linked zoom ring, first all-in-one with APS-C size sensor

Price abt.
US$
US$
US$486
US$501
US$496
US$775
US$545

I’m continued to write about most important SLR-like Ultra-zoom cameras in my next post:’ Choosing Digital zoom cam: Canon Power Shot S5 IS can fight with Sony DSC-H9 or H7; Canon, you really can?’ Moreover my best friend is choosing such Digital camera right now. And I’ll already write about which gadget he will buy.
For more information about SLR-like cameras look at: Canon PowerShot S5 vs EOS350D, Sony H9 vs A100; SLR-like cam never comes to SLR or 7 best SLR-like’s specification table; Sony DSC-H5 as a cheap & clever choice and Choosing SLR-like’s compare Panasonic DMC-FZ8, Olympus SP-550 and Fujifilm IS-1/S9600. Good, expensive and very expensive posts. But for those who want to make a deliberate choice I would recommend to analize the content of my:
- SLR's price-cutting: $250's Canon XT vs. $500's Canon S5; 10 motives to spit upon SLR-like and buy cheap SLR
- Sony A100 vs Nikon D80 more worthy than Sony A100 vs DSC-H9/H7.

4 comments:

dave said...

Why’d you talk about S1? It’s old junk! But my Canon S3 is an outstanding ultra-zoom camera.

fototramp said...

To dave
I was readihg the same about many digital cameras from its owners.

vivek said...

Hi !!
I tried reading thru this, but one simple point i wanted to know was, which one is hte best bet in terms of burst and zoom(optical) in SLR like cams. Can you please help me with that. I'm looking at 15X optical range.

Thank you
Vivek

fototramp said...

To Vivec
In my opinion the best SLR-like camera now is the Fujifilm S100.
Fuji S100 features:
- 11.1 Megapixel Super CCD HR
- Fujinon 14.3x Optical Zoom 28-400mm (35mm equivalent)
- 2.5” "tiltable" Wide Angle View LCD with 230,000 pixels and EVF
- Face Detection 2.0 w/ Auto Red Eye Correction
- Dual Image Stabilization combines Optical Image Stabilization with Fujifilm's Picture Stabilization
- Wide Dynamic Range up to 400%
- Film Simulation modes offer pro photographic characteristics
- Multi Bracketing functions
- High Sensitivity ISO 3200 at full resolution
- xD / SD / SD-HC Media Compatible Slot
Fujifilm S100 specifications:
- 11.1 million pixels 2/3 inch Super CCD HR
- Still image: JPEG (Exif Ver 2.2 ), RAW AVI (Motion JPEG) with sound Audio: WAVE format, Monaural sound
- Still images:
3840x2880 (RAW) - 22
3840x2880(F) - 93
3840x2880 (N) - 186
4032x2688(3:2) - 189
2816x2112 - 343
2048x1536 - 626
1600x1200 - 779
640x480 - 3194
Movie:
VGA (25fps) - 7.4 min
QVGA (25fps) - 14.7 min
- 3,840 x 2,880 / 4,032 x 2,688(3:2 format) / 2,816 x 2,112 /2,048 x 1,536 /1,600 x 1,200 / 640 X 480 pixels
- Fujinon 14.3X Optical zoom lens , F2.8 (W) - F5.3 (T) F 2.8 -F 11 (W) F5.3 -F11 (T), max. 13 steps in 1/3 EV increment
- 2.5-inch , approx. 230,000 dots, Amorphous silicon TFT color LCD monitor(WV type), approx. 100% coverage;
Electronic Viewfinder: 0.2-inch, approx 200,000 dots FLCD monitor (R/G/B colors are displayed in a single dot)
- Movie: 640 x 480 pixels, 30 frames/sec., 320 x 240 pixels, 30 frames/sec. w/ Monaural sound.
Bracketing Modes: film Simulation BKT (Privia, Velvia, Soft), Dynamic Range BKT (DR100%, 200%, 400%), AE BKT (1/3EV, 2/3EV, 1EV)
- Face detection (with Red-eye removal), Multi-frameplayback including Microthumbnail mode, Trimming, Image rotate, Slide show, Sorting by date, Histograms(Highlight warning),Voice Memo, Automatic Vertical-Horizontal detection
- 133.4(W)—93.6(H)—150.4(D) mm/5.3(W)— 3.7(H)— 5.9(D) inch
- Weight: Approx.918g/32.4 oz.(excluding accessories, batteries and memory card)
Fujifilm S100 costs about $740.