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Lytro Illum vs Nikon Coolpix S9700

Lytro Illum vs Nikon Coolpix S9700

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Lytro Illum
Nikon Coolpix S9700

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Reasons For

4 Reasons For
Significantly smaller minimum aperture number Edit
The Lytro Illum is a 2 minimum aperture digital camera, whereas the Nikon Coolpix S9700 is a 3.7 minimum aperture digital camera (1.7 larger).
Larger display diagonal Edit
Lytro Illum is 4" screen. That's 1" larger than the Nikon Coolpix S9700 (3"). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Brightness adjustment Edit
The Lytro Illum features brightness adjustment, whereas the Nikon Coolpix S9700 does not feature brightness adjustment.
2 shops are selling it
A greater number of shops increases the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also increases the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.
13 Reasons For
Higher megapixel Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 is a 16MP digital camera. That's 5MP higher than the Lytro Illum (16MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Image stabilizer Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 has an image stabilizer, however the Lytro Illum does not. Read more

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

Cameras with image stabiliser technology enable steady shooting at lower aperture, making them ideal for situations where the use of flash is not permitted or desired.

Bigger optical zoom Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 is a 30x optical zoom digital camera. That's 22x bigger than the Lytro Illum (30x). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

Smaller maximum aperture number Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 is a 6.4 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 4.4 smaller than the Lytro Illum (6.4).
450mm longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Nikon Coolpix S9700 is 700mm maximum focal length, but the Lytro Illum is only a 250mm maximum focal length digital camera (450mm shorter).
20% shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 25mm. That's 5mm shorter than the Lytro Illum (25mm).
Higher display resolution (numeric) Edit
Nikon Coolpix S9700 is 921,000 pixels display resolution. That's 537,000 pixels higher than the Lytro Illum (921,000 pixels).
HDMI Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 has an HDMI, but the Lytro Illum does not have an HDMI. Read more

A HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an interface to transfer audio and video data between devices such as digital cameras, computer monitors, TVs and projectors.

A HDMI port on the camera allows you to connect the camera directly to a compatible TV for easy playback of your photos.

GPS (satellite) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 has a GPS (satellite), whereas the Lytro Illum does not have a GPS (satellite). Read more

GPS allows the camera to know where it is in the world and to automatically tag each of your photos with the location it was taken at.

If your photos have been tagged with a GPS location you can see where they were taken, automatically let your favourite photo software or website retrieve the address for that location or display them on a map.

Cheaper by $70
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 costs $69.96 less than the Lytro Illum.
Five more awards
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 has 6 awards from expert review sites, whereas the Lytro Illum has 1 award.
Better expert reviews
The average expert review score of the Nikon Coolpix S9700 is 74% based on 28 reviews, however the average rating of the Lytro Illum is 68% (based on 42 reviews).
Considerably better user reviews
The average user review score of the Nikon Coolpix S9700 is 86% based on 112 reviews, however the average rating of the Lytro Illum is 75% (based on 22 reviews).

Reasons Against

12 Reasons Against
Lower megapixel Edit
The Lytro Illum is an 11MP digital camera. That's 5MP lower than the Nikon Coolpix S9700 (16MP). Read more

The resolution of the images a digital camera produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Hugely smaller optical zoom Edit
The Lytro Illum is an 8x optical zoom digital camera. That's 22x smaller than the Nikon Coolpix S9700 (30x). Read more

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A larger optical zoom allows you to zoom in on the subject without having to move closer. Compared to a digital zoom, using an optical zoom does not result in a loss of image quality.

4.4 bigger maximum aperture number Edit
Lytro Illum is only 2 maximum aperture. That's 4.4 bigger than the Nikon Coolpix S9700 (6.4).
2x shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Lytro Illum has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 250mm, however the Nikon Coolpix S9700 is a 700mm maximum focal length digital camera (450mm longer).
5mm longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Lytro Illum is a 30mm minimum focal length digital camera. That's 5mm longer than the Nikon Coolpix S9700 (25mm).
537,000 pixels lower display resolution (numeric) Edit
The Lytro Illum has a display resolution (numeric) of 384,000 pixels. That's 537,000 pixels lower than the Nikon Coolpix S9700 (921,000 pixels).
Does not have an HDMI Edit
The Lytro Illum does not have an HDMI, but the Nikon Coolpix S9700 has an HDMI. Read more

A HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port is an interface to transfer audio and video data between devices such as digital cameras, computer monitors, TVs and projectors.

A HDMI port on the camera allows you to connect the camera directly to a compatible TV for easy playback of your photos.

Does not have a GPS (satellite) Edit
The Lytro Illum does not have a GPS (satellite), whereas the Nikon Coolpix S9700 has a GPS (satellite). Read more

GPS allows the camera to know where it is in the world and to automatically tag each of your photos with the location it was taken at.

If your photos have been tagged with a GPS location you can see where they were taken, automatically let your favourite photo software or website retrieve the address for that location or display them on a map.

More expensive by $70
The Lytro Illum is $69.96 more expensive than the Nikon Coolpix S9700.
Five less awards
The Lytro Illum has only received 1 award, but the Nikon Coolpix S9700 has received 6 awards.
Expert review Rating is Worse
The average expert rating of the Lytro Illum is only 68%, whereas the average expert rating of the Nikon Coolpix S9700 is 74% (based on 28 reviews).
User review Rating is considerably Worse
The average user rating of the Lytro Illum is only 75%, whereas the average user rating of the Nikon Coolpix S9700 is 86% (based on 112 reviews).
5 Reasons Against
A lot larger minimum aperture number Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 has a minimum aperture number of 3.7, however the Lytro Illum is a 2 minimum aperture digital camera (1.7 smaller).
34% smaller display diagonal Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 is a 3" screen digital camera. That's 1" smaller than the Lytro Illum (3"). Read more

The display diagonal is the size the size of the screen integrated in to the back of the camera. A larger display diagonal makes it easier to see if a shot has turned out as intended. Pocket cameras have smaller display diagonals as full size digital SLRs.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to take photos and to see if a shot has turned out as intended.

Does not feature brightness adjustment Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 does not feature brightness adjustment, but the Lytro Illum does.
Less retailers
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 is only stocked by 2 retailers, whereas the Lytro Illum is stocked by 4 stores. Read more
Fewer numbers of shops reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.
Older by nine months
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 is nine months older than the Lytro Illum.

Awards

1 Award
PhotographyBlog.com: Recommended
6 Awards
Camera Labs: Recommended
Digitaltrends.com: Recommended Product
Ephotozine: Recommended
Expert Reviews: Best Buy
PC Mag: Editor's Choice
PhotographyBlog.com: Recommended

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

21 months Ago 30 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact camera
 compact camera
Megapixel
11MP 16MP
BEST
Image Stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
 Image stabilizer
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Still Image Resolution(s)
 4608 x 3456
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2448
 2272 x 1704
 1600 x 1200
 640 x 480
 4608 x 3456
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2448
 2272 x 1704
 1600 x 1200
 640 x 480
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3456
BEST
Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
BEST
 RAW
 JPG
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
10.82 x 7.52 Unknown - Click to provide data
Total Megapixels
Unknown - Click to provide data 16.79MP
Supported Aspect Ratios
 3:2
 16:9
 1:1
 3:2
 16:9
 1:1
Image Sensor Size
 1
 1

Design

Colour
 Black
 Black
Material
 Aluminium
 Magnesium
 Aluminium
 Magnesium

Lens System

Optical Zoom
8x 30x
BEST
Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 4x
Maximum Aperture Number
2 6.4
BEST
Minimum Aperture Number
2
BEST
3.7
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
250mm 700mm
BEST
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
30mm 25mm
BEST
Focal Length Range (f-F)
9.5 - 77.8 4.5 - 135
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Unknown - Click to provide data 13/11

Focusing

Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
 centre weighted
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
 centre weighted
 tracking
 contrast detection
 Centre weighted Auto Focus
 Face detection
 Tracking Auto Focus
 Contrast Detection Auto Focus
BEST
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Auto Focus (AF) lock
Normal Focusing Range
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5 - ∞ / 2 - ∞
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.01 - ∞
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Unknown - Click to provide data 2 - ∞
Focus Adjustment
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
 Auto
 Manual
 Auto/Manual
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5 - ∞
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5m
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Unknown - Click to provide data 2m

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 shutter priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 aperture priority
 Aperture priority AE
 shutter priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 aperture priority
 Aperture priority AE
ISO Sensitivity
 80
 200
 320
 3200
 64
 125
 160
 400
 640
 1600
 6400
 25
 80
 200
 320
 3200
 64
 125
 160
 400
 640
 1600
 6400
 25
ISO Sensitivity (max)
3,200 6,400
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
80
BEST
125
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
 Auto Exposure (AE) lock
Unknown - Click to provide data
Light Metering
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Spot
 Centre-weighted
 Matrix
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Spot
 Centre-weighted
 Matrix
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program AE

Shutter

Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
32s
BEST
8s
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
1s 1s

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
Flash Range (tele)
Unknown - Click to provide data 1.5 - 3.5
Flash Range (wide)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0.5 - 6
Pre-Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Pre-flash
Shoe Mounting Point
 Shoe mounting point
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shoe Mounting Point Type
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
BEST
Video Resolutions
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
BEST
Video Recording
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Video recording
HD Type
 Full HD
 Full HD

Audio

Built-In Microphone
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in microphone
Audio Formats Supported
 WAV
 WAV
BEST

Memory

Compatible Memory Cards
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
 SDXC
 SDHC
 SD
Internal Memory
Unknown - Click to provide data 329MB
Memory Slots
1 Unknown - Click to provide data

Display

Display Diagonal
4"
BEST
3"
Display
 OLED
 OLED
BEST
Field of View
Unknown - Click to provide data 100%
Touchscreen
 Touchscreen
Unknown - Click to provide data
Display Resolution (numeric)
384,000 pixels 921,000 pixels
BEST
Second Display
 Second display
Unknown - Click to provide data

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI
 HDMI
 HDMI
BEST
HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Version
 3.0
BEST
 3.0
USB Connector
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB

Camera

GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
 GPS (satellite)
BEST
White Balance
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Movie
 Manual
 Auto
 Movie
 Manual
Photo Effects
 Neutral
 Neutral
Self-Timer Delay
2,10 Unknown - Click to provide data
Histogram
 Histogram
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera File System
 RAW
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 RAW
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
Live View
 Live view
Unknown - Click to provide data
Tripod Mountable
 Tripod mountable
 Tripod mountable
Brightness Adjustment
 Brightness adjustment
BEST
 Brightness adjustment
Built-In Processor
Snapdragon 800 Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 3D Photography
 3D Photography
Languages Support
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 JPN
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 BUL
 SER
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 FIN
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 JPN
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 BUL
 SER
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 FIN
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight
940g Unknown - Click to provide data
Height
86mm 63.5mm
Depth
166mm 34.5mm
Width
145mm 109.6mm
Package Height
205mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Package Depth
205mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Package Width
205mm Unknown - Click to provide data
Weight (including Battery)
1kg 232g
BEST

Battery

Power Source Type
 Battery
 Battery
Battery Technology
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
 Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Supported
1 1
Battery Type
Unknown - Click to provide data EN-EL12
Battery Capacity
3,760mAh Unknown - Click to provide data
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Unknown - Click to provide data 300 shots
Battery Voltage
3.7V Unknown - Click to provide data

Operational Conditions

Storage Temperature (T-T)
2450 x 1634 Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data 0 - 40

System Requirements

Minimum RAM
4.1GB Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Lytro Desktop Unknown - Click to provide data
AC Adapter Included
Unknown - Click to provide data
 AC adapter included
Cables Included
 USB
 Micro-USB
 USB
 Micro-USB
Batteries Included
 Batteries included
 Batteries included
Battery Charger Included
 Battery charger included
Unknown - Click to provide data
Hand Strap
 Hand strap
 Hand strap
Quick Start Guide
 Quick start guide
Unknown - Click to provide data

Networking

Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi
 Wi-Fi

Certificates

RoHS Compliance
 RoHS compliance
Unknown - Click to provide data

Other Features

Built-In Flash
Unknown - Click to provide data
 Built-in flash

Technical Details

F-Number (relative Aperture)
2 Unknown - Click to provide data
Housing Material
 Aluminium
 Magnesium
 Aluminium
 Magnesium
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