The larger the sensor the more light the sensor captures yielding in better image quality.
23.5 x 15.6mm
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. video recording
720 x 30fps
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II: 2160 x 60fps
12. color depth
The better a device's color depth the more color nuances it can distinguish. Source: DxOMark.
HP Photosmart R927: 42bits
13. has a stereo microphone
A stereo microphone allows to record audio files or movies in stereo without an external microphone.
48% have it
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
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V: 39mm
17. higher resolution (screen)
A higher screen resolution provides a sharper image, making it easier to review your photos.
Fujifilm FinePix X-Pro1: 1230000k dots
18. screen size
The bigger the screen size is, the better the user experience.
Samsung Galaxy NX Mirrorless: 4.8"
19. has AF tracking
With AF tracking, once you choose the subject and press the shutter release part way down, as the subject moves, the autofocus will follow it. No more out of focus shots.
73% have it
20. 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
21. supports AVCHD format
AVCHD (Advanced Video Coding High Definition) is a file-based format for the digital recording and playback of high-definition video. It's a standard popular among professional cameras and camcorders.
26% have it
22. 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
23. has a flash
A flash is good for low-light environments, and can sometimes be used as flashlight.
88% have it
24. has continuous autofocus when recording movies
When recording movies they stay focussed and sharp.
66% have it
25. has manual shutter speed
This allows to manually set the shutter speed.
44% have it
26. number of microphones
More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
Nikon D800E: 2
27. has a CMOS sensor
CMOS image sensors are slowly replacing CCD sensors, due to reduced power consumption and better image quality. They can be very compact and cost relatively little to produce.
67% have it
28. 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
29. has a serial shot mode
You can shoot multiple pictures in a row.
88% have it
30. exposure time
When the camera shutter is open for a long time, more light is absorbed by the sensor. You can use this slow shutter speed to produce vivid night time photography, or capture the trajectory of moving objects such as motorway traffic.
Hasselblad X1D-50c: 3600s
31. has manual exposure
This allows to manually set the exposure.
64% have it
32. has a HDMI output
Devices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
61% have it
33. has manual focus
This allows to manually set the focus.
59% have it
34. has manual ISO
This allows to manually set the ISO level.
93% have it
35. USB version
Newer USB versions are faster and have better power management.