The larger the sensor the more light the sensor captures yielding in better image quality.
17.3 x 13mm
Polaroid Snap: 81.2 x 38mm
3. focus points
The more focus points the more flexibility in picking which part of the scene to focus on. They also give the image sensor a better probability in identifying the right area of the scene to focus on in more automatic modes.
Sony Alpha a6500: 425
The maximum ISO at which the device still captures excellent quality images. Source: DxOMark.
Sony Alpha 7S: 3702ISO
5. continuous shooting at high resolution
Fast continuous shooting is useful for catching action shots.
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II: 60fps
6. has a flip-out screen
Flip-out screens are useful for doing tricky shots.
25% have it
HTC Re: 65.5g
8. image quality
A device's overall image quality score considers: color depth, dynamic range and low light performance. Source: DxOMark.
Sony Alpha 7R II: 98
9. maximum light sensitivity
With a higher light sensitivity (ISO level), the sensor absorbs more light. This can be used to capture moving objects using a fast shutter speed, or to take images in low light without using a flash.
Nikon D5: 3280000ISO
10. longer battery life
CIPA is an independent, standard measurement that determines how many shots a camera can take before the battery dies.
Nikon D3x: 4400shots
11. color depth
The better a device's color depth the more color nuances it can distinguish. Source: DxOMark.
HP Photosmart R927: 42bits
12. fastest shutter speed
A faster maximum shutter speed allows taking pictures of fast moving subjects without blur.
Canon EOS-1D C: 0.00000125s
13. pixel density
Sony Alpha 7R: 544ppi
DxO One: 26.2mm
15. dynamic range
The better the dynamic range the system captures a wider number of values from dark to light leading to more details in low and highlights. Source: DxOMark.
Nikon D810A: 14.8Evs
16. higher resolution (screen)
A higher screen resolution provides a sharper image, making it easier to review your photos.
Fujifilm FinePix X-Pro1: 1230000k dots
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V: 39mm
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66: 65.29cm³
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX66: 13mm
553 x 415px
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2: 1517 x 1920px
21. battery power
Samsung Galaxy NX Mirrorless: 4360mAh
22. has built-in optical image stabilization
Optical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image.
46% have it
23. screen size
The bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
Samsung Galaxy NX Mirrorless: 4.8"
24. has sensor shift stabilization
With sensor shift, the image sensor (rather than the lens) moves to counterbalance any vibration of the camera. This means the image will be stabilised regardless of what lens is being used.
18% have it
25. Faster photo autofocus due to a phase detection autofocus when shooting pictures
A phase detection autofocus is much faster than a contrast detection autofocus and allows sharper images.
29% have it
26. Is a system camera
A system camera has lots of changeable parts such as lenses, flashes and other accessories. They offer greater flexibility than compact cameras.
43% have it
27. has a two-stage shutter
A two-stage shutter is good for taking photos like a pro; apply pressure to the button in order for the lens to focus, and then press it fully to capture the photograph.
52% have it
28. has a flash
A flash is good for low-light environments, and can sometimes be used as flashlight.
88% have it
29. more viewfinder coverage
With 100% coverage you can compose the image correctly when you capture the photo. With less than full coverage you may have to crop your photos afterwards to get them looking perfect.
Sony Alpha 7R: 100%
30. has an optical viewfinder
An optical viewfinder (or OVF) allows the photographer to compose a shot while seeing exactly what the lens sees. There is no time lag and they require no power - as opposed to electronic viewfinders which can drain battery life. They are also better in low light situations.
29% have it
31. can be controlled remotely
A remote control allows you to control the device remotely. The remote control can be included or optional.
44% have it
32. has continuous autofocus when recording movies
When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.
66% have it
33. shoots raw
A raw image file contains minimally processed data from the image sensor. Raw files are so named because they are not yet processed and therefore are not ready to be printed or edited with a bitmap graphics editor.
55% have it
34. Has a hot shoe
A hot shoe can be used to attach an external flash, as well as light meters, viewfinders, rangefinders and other attachments.