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5 Best Compact Cameras in the US - December 2019

Updated 08 November 2019 by Matthew
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5 best compact cameras

Which Are the Best Compact Cameras?

Don't have time to read our analysis of the best compact cameras? No problem, let's cut to the chase, the best compact cameras are:


What Compact Camera to Buy in November 2019?

Let's take a look at the top 5 compact cameras currently for sale in the US, compared side by side:

Best Buy Great Price
Samsung ST90 Canon PowerShot A490 Nikon Coolpix L3 Ricoh CX6 Olympus XZ1
Samsung ST90 Canon PowerShot A490 Nikon Coolpix L3 Ricoh CX6 Olympus XZ1
$165.99 Buy Now
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$129.99 Buy Now
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$399.99 Buy Now
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14.4MP
4320 X 3240
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
5x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1280 X 720
PIXELS VIDEO
RESOLUTION
1s
CAMERA
10MP
3648 X 2736
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
3.3x
OPTICAL ZOOM
640 X 480
PIXELS VIDEO
RESOLUTION
175g
5.1MP
2592 X 1944
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
3x
OPTICAL ZOOM
640 X 480
PIXELS VIDEO
RESOLUTION
120g
10MP
3648 X 2736
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
10.7x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1280 X 720
PIXELS VIDEO
RESOLUTION
3.5
MINIMUM
10MP
3648 X 2736
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
4x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1280 X 720
PIXELS VIDEO
RESOLUTION
1.8
MINIMUM
86
Reviews
6 Reviews + 1 Award
81
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Value for Money
Very Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good
93
Reviews
13 Reviews
83
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent
90
Reviews
15 Reviews
81
Features
Fully-Featured
65
Value for Money
Good
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good
89
Reviews
20 Reviews + 2 Awards
79
Features
Good Features
63
Value for Money
Good
73
Kagoo Score
Very Good
95
Reviews
106 Reviews + 17 Awards
82
Features
Fully-Featured
66
Value for Money
Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Multiple reviews mentioned that this digital camera iscompact and able to produce good images. It's an award winning and fully featured 5x optical zoom digital camera, with an astonishingly light 105g weight and a low price. A classic and fully featured 3.3x optical zoom camera, with an affordable price. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has excellent features, it's really able to produce good images and compact. A classic and fully featured 3x optical zoom digital camera. Multiple reviews mentioned that this digital camera isable to produce good images, ergonomic but noisy. Multiple reviews mentioned that this digital camera has a good picture resolution, good autofocus and it's very compact. It's a good spec and award winning 10.7x optical zoom digital camera. A multi award winning and fully featured 4x optical zoom camera. Our review analysis indicates that this camera has an excellent lens, it's compact and very able to produce good images.
Canon PowerShot A490 size in context Nikon Coolpix L3 size in context
6 Reasons For
170g Lighter
Higher Megapixels
4320 X 3240 Still Image Resolution
1x Bigger Digital Zoom
1280 X 720 Pixels Pixels Video Resolution
Higher Video Resolution
6 Reasons For
3648 X 2736 Pixels Pixels Image Resolution
Better Kagoo Score
Cheaper by $36
Better User Reviews
Better Brand
2 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Higher Review Score
1 Reason For
Better CNET.co.uk Review Score
4 Reasons For
Higher Image Resolution
Higher Video Resolution
25% Larger Display Diagonal
HDMI
13 Reasons For
Bigger Image Sensor Size
Higher Image Resolution
Higher Video Resolution
A Lot Bigger Internal Memory
Larger Maximum Memory Card Size
25% Larger Display Diagonal
HDMI
170 More Battery Life
17 More Awards
Expert Reviews Are Better
Overall Reviews Are Better
14 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Higher Review Score
Produces Better Quality Photos
14 Reasons Against
Only 1/2 to 1/2.5" (1/2.3)" Image Sensor Size
Does Not Support Full HD Video
Smaller Internal Memory
56GB Smaller Maximum Memory Card Size
10% Smaller Display Diagonal
Vastly Lower Display Resolution
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $36
Older by Five Months
16 Less Awards
Expert Review Rating is Considerably Worse
User Review Rating is Significantly Worse
Worse Brand
3 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score
14 Reasons Against
70g Heavier
Lower Megapixels
Only 1/2 to 1/2.5" (1/2.3)" Image Sensor Size
Only 1600 X 1200 Still Image Resolution
1x Smaller Digital Zoom
Only 640 X 480 Pixels Pixels Video Resolution
Smaller Display Diagonal
Vastly Lower Display Resolution
Only 150 Battery Life
Older by 10 Months
Expert Review Rating is Considerably Worse
Overall Review Rating is Worse
5 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score
Produces Worse Quality Photos
17 Reasons Against
Heavier
Lower Megapixels
Only 1/2.5 to 1/3" (1/2.5)" Image Sensor Size
Lower Still Image Resolution
Only 2592 X 1944 Pixels Pixels Image Resolution
20% Smaller Digital Zoom
Lower Video Resolution
Smaller Internal Memory
34% Smaller Display Diagonal
Lower Display Resolution
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $270
Older by Over One Year
Expert Review Rating is Considerably Worse
User Review Rating is Worse
Worse Brand
4 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score
16 Reasons Against
Heavier
A Lot Lower Megapixels
Smaller Image Sensor Size
11 Times Lower Still Image Resolution
0.2x Smaller Digital Zoom
Lower Maximum ISO Sensitivity
Only 640 X 480 Pixels Pixels Video Resolution
A Lot Smaller Internal Memory
60 Less Battery Life
Worse Kagoo Score
$422 More Expensive
Fewer Awards
Lower Expert Review Score
A Lot Lower Overall Review Score
Worse Brand
7 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score
11 Reasons Against
Heavier
A Lot Lower Megapixels
18 Times Lower Still Image Resolution
Smaller Digital Zoom
Does Not Support Full HD Video
620,000 Pixels Lower Display Resolution
Worse Kagoo Score
$369 More Expensive
Seven Months Older
A Lot Lower User Review Score
Worse Brand
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Samsung ST90

$165.99
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Samsung ST90

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Samsung ST90
14.4MP
4320 X 3240
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
5x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1280 X 720
PIXELS VIDEO
RESOLUTION
1s
CAMERA
105g
5x
DIGITAL ZOOM
2.7"
SCREEN

The Samsung ST90 has a sensor size of 14.4MP and a Kagoo Score of 78. With a price tag of $165.99 this digital camera is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Samsung ST90 or read our article on whether you should buy a Samsung digital camera.

Features We Love:
ok optical zoom (5x)
Image stabiliser
Lighter than average (105g)
Built-in flash
Energy Star certified

Multiple reviews mentioned that this digital camera iscompact and able to produce good images. It's an award winning and fully featured 5x optical zoom digital camera, with an astonishingly light 105g weight and a low price.

86
Reviews
6 Reviews + 1 Award
81
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Value for Money
Very Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Multiple reviews mentioned that Samsung ST90 has average expert reviews and below average user reviews with an average overall rating of 66%.

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6 Reasons For for Choosing the Samsung ST90

170g Lighter

The Samsung ST90 has a weight of 105, however the Canon PowerShot A490 is a 175g digital camera (70g heavier), the Nikon Coolpix L3 is a 120g digital camera (15g heavier), the Olympus XZ1 is a 275g digital camera (170g heavier) and the Ricoh CX6 is a 180g digital camera (75g heavier). More ...

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Higher Megapixels

The Samsung ST90 is a 14.4 digital camera. That's 4.4MP higher than the Canon PowerShot A490, the Olympus XZ1 and the Ricoh CX6 (10MP) and 9.3MP higher than the Nikon Coolpix L3 (5.1MP). 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.

4320 X 3240 Still Image Resolution

The Samsung ST90 supports a still image resolution of 4320 x 3240, but the Canon PowerShot A490 supports a still image resolution of 1600 x 1200, the Nikon Coolpix L3 supports a still image resolution of 640 x 480, the Olympus XZ1 supports a still image resolution of 1024 x 768 and the Ricoh CX6 supports a still image resolution of 1280 x 960. More ...

Image resolution refers to the amount of pixels that make up an photo taken on a digital camera. It is measured as the width x the height of the image - so a 1280 x 720 resolution camera can take a photo that is 1280 pixels wide and 720 pixels tall.

Higher image resolutions mean that the photos are comprised of more pixels, which translate to more detailed and higher quality photos. Also, because they are larger photos, they can be displayed on larger screens or printed out at vastly increased sizes without losing detail.

1x Bigger Digital Zoom

The Samsung ST90 is a 5 digital zoom digital camera. That's 0.2x bigger than the Canon PowerShot A490, the Nikon Coolpix L3, the Olympus XZ1 and the Ricoh CX6 (4.8x). More ...

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

1280 X 720 Pixels Pixels Video Resolution

The Samsung ST90 has a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels pixels (as are the Olympus XZ1 and the Ricoh CX6), but the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Nikon Coolpix L3 have a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. More ...

'Maximum video resolution' measures the largest possible video that the digital camera is able to record.

A larger video resolution means the camera can shoot videos that will be sharper, more detailed and have more clarity.

Higher Video Resolution

The best video resolution supported by the Samsung ST90 is 1280 x 720 pixels pixels which is also supported by the Olympus XZ1. However the best video resolution supported by the Ricoh CX6 is 640 x 480 pixels (3 times lower video resolution). We do not know what types of video resolution the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Nikon Coolpix L3 support. More ...

The Samsung ST90 also supports 640 x 480 pixels and 320 x 240 pixels video resolutions.

The video resolution is the size of the image that the camera can record in video mode. It is measured in pixels where the first value is the number of horizontal pixels and the second value is the number of vertical pixels.

A higher video resolution will be noticeable when playing back videos on HD televisions. The video will appear sharper and more life like. Recording video at a higher resolution will fill your memory card more quickly though.

14 Reasons Against for Choosing the Samsung ST90

Only 1/2 to 1/2.5" (1/2.3)" Image Sensor Size

The Samsung ST90 has a 1/2 to 1/2.5" (1/2.3)" image sensor size (as are the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Ricoh CX6), whereas the Olympus XZ1 has a 1/1.5 to 1/2" image sensor size. More ...

Optical sensor size is one of the most important factors affecting the image quality produced by a digital camera. Compact digital cameras have smaller optical sensors due to the reduced space available in the camera body. Digital SLRs and Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILCs) have large optical sensors to achieve maximum image quality.

A larger optical sensor produces better quality photographs. A 4/3" sensor size has a 2x crop factor compared to 35mm film, while a 1/4" sensor size is significantly smaller and will result in lower quality images.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Samsung ST90 does not support Full HD video (As does the the Olympus XZ1), but the Canon PowerShot A490, the Nikon Coolpix L3 and the Ricoh CX6 do. More ...

Cameras with full HD video recording can capture video with a resolution of at least 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Full HD video usually appears sharper as more pixels re being recorded.

Smaller Internal Memory

The Samsung ST90 is a 30 internal memory digital camera. That's 7MB bigger than the Nikon Coolpix L3 (23MB), 24.6MB smaller than the Olympus XZ1 (54.6MB) and 10MB smaller than the Ricoh CX6 (40MB). More ...

Internal memory is the amount of digital storage built into the camera.

The bigger the internal memory of the camera, the more photos can be stored at one time, without having to resort to an external SD card.

56GB Smaller Maximum Memory Card Size

The Samsung ST90 has a maximum memory card size of 8, whereas the Olympus XZ1 is a 64GB maximum memory card size digital camera (56GB larger). More ...

The maximum size of memory card that can be used in this digital camera. Different cameras are designed to take larger capacity cards, so a card that works in one camera may not necessarily work in another.

A digital camera with a larger memory card size means that you can potentially store more photos on the device at once.

10% Smaller Display Diagonal

Samsung ST90 is only 2.7 screen. That's 0.7" larger than the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Nikon Coolpix L3 (2") and 0.3" smaller than the Olympus XZ1 and the Ricoh CX6 (3"). 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.

Vastly Lower Display Resolution

The Samsung ST90 is a 230 display resolution digital camera. That's 115,000 pixels higher than the Canon PowerShot A490 (115,000 Pixels), 144,000 pixels higher than the Nikon Coolpix L3 (86,000 Pixels), 380,000 pixels lower than the Olympus XZ1 (610,000 Pixels) and 1,000,000 pixels lower than the Ricoh CX6 (1,230,000 Pixels). More ...

The display resolution on a display camera denotes how high detail the display is.

High resolutions on the display of your camera means that the photos you take will be shown in higher detail, allowing you to see them more clearly.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Samsung ST90 has received a Kagoo Score of 78, whereas the Canon PowerShot A490 scored 81.

More Expensive by $36

The Samsung ST90 is $36 more expensive than the Canon PowerShot A490.

Older by Five Months

The Samsung ST90 is five months older than the Ricoh CX6.

16 Less Awards

The Samsung ST90 has only received 1 award, but the Olympus XZ1 has received 17 awards and the Ricoh CX6 has received 2 awards.

Expert Review Rating is Considerably Worse

The average expert rating of the Samsung ST90 is only 68%, whereas the average expert rating of the Canon PowerShot A490 is 69% (based on 12 reviews), the Olympus XZ1 is 81% (based on 104 reviews) and the Ricoh CX6 is 75% (based on 20 reviews).

User Review Rating is Significantly Worse

The average user rating of the Samsung ST90 is only 60%, whereas the average user rating of the Canon PowerShot A490 is 100% (based on 1 review), the Nikon Coolpix L3 is 93% (based on 3 reviews) and the Olympus XZ1 is 90% (based on 2 reviews).

Worse Brand

Samsung digital cameras have an average rating of only 85.2%, but Canon has an average rating of 95% and Nikon has an average rating of 90.6%.

3 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score

Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com and CNET.co.uk all gave the Samsung ST90 a lower review score. More ...

Ephotozine: Samsung ST90 = 70% vs Ricoh CX6 = 80%

PhotographyBlog.com: Samsung ST90 = 80% vs Olympus XZ1 = 90%

CNET.co.uk: Samsung ST90 = 50% vs Nikon Coolpix L3 = 64%

The cheapest price that we could find for the ST90 in the US is $165.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Canon PowerShot A490

$129.99
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Canon PowerShot A490

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Canon PowerShot A490
10MP
3648 X 2736
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
3.3x
OPTICAL ZOOM
640 X 480
PIXELS VIDEO
RESOLUTION
175g
4x
DIGITAL ZOOM
2.5"
SCREEN

The Canon PowerShot A490 has a sensor size of 10MP and a Kagoo Score of 81. With a price tag of $129.99 this digital camera is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Canon PowerShot A490 or read our article on whether you should buy a Canon digital camera.

Features We Love:
ok optical zoom (3.3x)
640 x 480 pixels video resolution
Built-in flash
Flash exposure lock
Auto Focus (AF) lock

A classic and fully featured 3.3x optical zoom camera, with an affordable price. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has excellent features, it's really able to produce good images and compact.

93
Reviews
13 Reviews
83
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Canon PowerShot A490 has superb user reviews but average expert reviews with an average overall rating of 79%, based on 13 reviews.

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6 Reasons For for Choosing the Canon PowerShot A490

3648 X 2736 Pixels Pixels Image Resolution

The Canon PowerShot A490 has a maximum image resolution of 3648 x 2736 pixels pixels (as are the Olympus XZ1 and the Ricoh CX6), however the Nikon Coolpix L3 only has a maximum image resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. More ...

Image resolution refers to the amount of pixels that make up an photo taken on a digital camera. It is measured as the width x the height of the image - so a 1280 x 720 resolution camera can take a photo that is 1280 pixels wide and 720 pixels tall.

Higher image resolutions mean that the photos are comprised of more pixels, which translate to more detailed and higher quality photos. Also, because they are larger photos, they can be displayed on larger screens or printed out at vastly increased sizes without losing detail.

Better Kagoo Score

The Canon PowerShot A490 has received a Kagoo Score of 81, whereas the Nikon Coolpix L3 scored 75, the Olympus XZ1 scored 77, the Ricoh CX6 scored 73 and the Samsung ST90 scored 78.

Cheaper by $36

The Canon PowerShot A490 is $270 cheaper than the Nikon Coolpix L3, $369.01 cheaper than the Olympus XZ1, $422.34 cheaper than the Ricoh CX6 and $36 cheaper than the Samsung ST90.

Better User Reviews

Based on 1 user review, the Canon PowerShot A490 has an average review score of 100%, whereas the Nikon Coolpix L3 has an average rating of 93% (based on 3 reviews), the Olympus XZ1 has an average rating of 90% (based on 2 reviews) and the Samsung ST90 has an average rating of 60% (based on 2 reviews).

Better Brand

Canon digital cameras have an average rating of 95%, but Nikon only has an average rating of 90.6%, Olympus only has an average rating of 82.5%, Ricoh only has an average rating of 75.9% and Samsung only has an average rating of 85.2%.

2 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Higher Review Score

CNET.com.au and Techradar both gave the Canon PowerShot A490 a better review score. More ...

CNET.com.au: Canon PowerShot A490 = 70% vs Nikon Coolpix L3 = 64%

Techradar: Canon PowerShot A490 = 80% vs Ricoh CX6 = 70%

14 Reasons Against for Choosing the Canon PowerShot A490

70g Heavier

The Canon PowerShot A490 has a weight of 175, however the Nikon Coolpix L3 is a 120g digital camera (55g lighter), the Olympus XZ1 is a 275g digital camera (100g heavier), the Ricoh CX6 is a 180g digital camera (5g heavier) and the Samsung ST90 is a 105g digital camera (70g lighter). More ...

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Lower Megapixels

The Canon PowerShot A490 is a 10 digital camera, and so do the Olympus XZ1 and the Ricoh CX6. That's 4.9MP higher than the Nikon Coolpix L3 (5.1MP) and 4.4MP lower than the Samsung ST90 (14.4MP). 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.

Only 1/2 to 1/2.5" (1/2.3)" Image Sensor Size

The Canon PowerShot A490 has a 1/2 to 1/2.5" (1/2.3)" image sensor size (as are the Ricoh CX6 and the Samsung ST90), whereas the Olympus XZ1 has a 1/1.5 to 1/2" image sensor size. More ...

Optical sensor size is one of the most important factors affecting the image quality produced by a digital camera. Compact digital cameras have smaller optical sensors due to the reduced space available in the camera body. Digital SLRs and Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILCs) have large optical sensors to achieve maximum image quality.

A larger optical sensor produces better quality photographs. A 4/3" sensor size has a 2x crop factor compared to 35mm film, while a 1/4" sensor size is significantly smaller and will result in lower quality images.

Only 1600 X 1200 Still Image Resolution

The Canon PowerShot A490 supports a still image resolution of 1600 x 1200, but the Samsung ST90 supports a still image resolution of 4320 x 3240. More ...

Image resolution refers to the amount of pixels that make up an photo taken on a digital camera. It is measured as the width x the height of the image - so a 1280 x 720 resolution camera can take a photo that is 1280 pixels wide and 720 pixels tall.

Higher image resolutions mean that the photos are comprised of more pixels, which translate to more detailed and higher quality photos. Also, because they are larger photos, they can be displayed on larger screens or printed out at vastly increased sizes without losing detail.

1x Smaller Digital Zoom

The Canon PowerShot A490 is a 4 digital zoom digital camera, and so do the Nikon Coolpix L3 and the Olympus XZ1. That's 0.8x smaller than the Ricoh CX6 (4.8x) and 1x smaller than the Samsung ST90 (5x). More ...

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Only 640 X 480 Pixels Pixels Video Resolution

The Canon PowerShot A490 has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels pixels (as is the Nikon Coolpix L3), but the Olympus XZ1, the Ricoh CX6 and the Samsung ST90 have a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. More ...

'Maximum video resolution' measures the largest possible video that the digital camera is able to record.

A larger video resolution means the camera can shoot videos that will be sharper, more detailed and have more clarity.

Smaller Display Diagonal

Canon PowerShot A490 is only 2.5 screen. That's 0.2" smaller than the Nikon Coolpix L3 and the Samsung ST90 (2.7") and 0.5" smaller than the Olympus XZ1 and the Ricoh CX6 (3"). 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.

Vastly Lower Display Resolution

The Canon PowerShot A490 is a 115 display resolution digital camera. That's 29,000 pixels higher than the Nikon Coolpix L3 (86,000 Pixels), 495,000 pixels lower than the Olympus XZ1 (610,000 Pixels), 1,115,000 pixels lower than the Ricoh CX6 (1,230,000 Pixels) and 115,000 pixels lower than the Samsung ST90 (230,000 Pixels). More ...

The display resolution on a display camera denotes how high detail the display is.

High resolutions on the display of your camera means that the photos you take will be shown in higher detail, allowing you to see them more clearly.

Only 150 Battery Life

The Canon PowerShot A490 takes 150 battery life, however the Olympus XZ1 only takes 320 battery life and the Ricoh CX6 only takes 260 battery life. More ...

We do not know the number of battery life taken by the Nikon Coolpix L3 or the Samsung ST90. It is possible that they do not take any battery life.

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Older by 10 Months

The Canon PowerShot A490 is three months older than the Olympus XZ1, 10 months older than the Ricoh CX6 and five months older than the Samsung ST90.

Expert Review Rating is Considerably Worse

The average expert rating of the Canon PowerShot A490 is only 69%, whereas the average expert rating of the Olympus XZ1 is 81% (based on 104 reviews) and the Ricoh CX6 is 75% (based on 20 reviews).

Overall Review Rating is Worse

The average overall rating of the Canon PowerShot A490 is only 79%, whereas the average overall rating of the Olympus XZ1 is 87% (based on 106 reviews).

5 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score

Good Gear Guide.com.au, Trusted Reviews, CNET.com, Betabuzz.de and CNET.de all gave the Canon PowerShot A490 a lower review score. More ...

Good Gear Guide.com.au: Canon PowerShot A490 = 70% vs Olympus XZ1 = 90%

Trusted Reviews: Canon PowerShot A490 = 60% vs Ricoh CX6 = 70%

CNET.com: Canon PowerShot A490 = 70% vs Olympus XZ1 = 78%

Betabuzz.de: Canon PowerShot A490 = 62% vs Olympus XZ1 = 83%

CNET.de: Canon PowerShot A490 = 70% vs Olympus XZ1 = 78%
Produces Worse Quality Photos

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Canon PowerShot A490 produces worse quality photos.

The Canon PowerShot A490 is 93.5mm wide, 61.7mm tall, 30.6mm deep and weighs 175g.

Canon PowerShot A490 front view

The cheapest price that we could find for the PowerShot A490 in the US is $129.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Nikon Coolpix L3

$399.99
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5.1MP
2592 X 1944
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
3x
OPTICAL ZOOM
640 X 480
PIXELS VIDEO
RESOLUTION
120g
4x
DIGITAL ZOOM
2"
SCREEN

The Nikon Coolpix L3 has a sensor size of 5.1MP and a Kagoo Score of 75. With a price tag of $399.99 this digital camera is fair value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Nikon Coolpix L3 or read our article on whether you should buy a Nikon digital camera.

Features We Love:
ok optical zoom (3x)
640 x 480 pixels video resolution
Very light (120g)
Built-in flash

A classic and fully featured 3x optical zoom digital camera. Multiple reviews mentioned that this digital camera isable to produce good images, ergonomic but noisy.

90
Reviews
15 Reviews
81
Features
Fully-Featured
65
Value for Money
Good
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Multiple reviews mentioned that Nikon Coolpix L3 has marvellous user reviews but ok expert reviews with an average overall rating of 74%, based on 15 reviews.

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1 Reason For for Choosing the Nikon Coolpix L3

Better CNET.co.uk Review Score

CNET.co.uk gave the Nikon Coolpix L3 a review score of 64%, whereas the Samsung ST90's rating was only 50% from the same site.

17 Reasons Against for Choosing the Nikon Coolpix L3

Heavier

The Nikon Coolpix L3 has a weight of 120, but the Canon PowerShot A490 is a 175g digital camera (55g heavier), the Olympus XZ1 is a 275g digital camera (155g heavier), the Ricoh CX6 is a 180g digital camera (60g heavier) and the Samsung ST90 is a 105g digital camera (15g lighter). More ...

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

Lower Megapixels

The Nikon Coolpix L3 is a 5.1 digital camera. That's 4.9MP lower than the Canon PowerShot A490, the Olympus XZ1 and the Ricoh CX6 (10MP) and 9.3MP lower than the Samsung ST90 (14.4MP). 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.

Only 1/2.5 to 1/3" (1/2.5)" Image Sensor Size

The Nikon Coolpix L3 has a 1/2.5 to 1/3" (1/2.5)" image sensor size, however the Canon PowerShot A490, the Ricoh CX6 and the Samsung ST90 have a 1/2 to 1/2.5" image sensor size and the Olympus XZ1 has a 1/1.5 to 1/2" image sensor size. More ...

Optical sensor size is one of the most important factors affecting the image quality produced by a digital camera. Compact digital cameras have smaller optical sensors due to the reduced space available in the camera body. Digital SLRs and Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILCs) have large optical sensors to achieve maximum image quality.

A larger optical sensor produces better quality photographs. A 4/3" sensor size has a 2x crop factor compared to 35mm film, while a 1/4" sensor size is significantly smaller and will result in lower quality images.

Lower Still Image Resolution

The Nikon Coolpix L3 supports a still image resolution of 640 x 480, whereas the Canon PowerShot A490 supports a still image resolution of 1600 x 1200, the Olympus XZ1 supports a still image resolution of 1024 x 768, the Ricoh CX6 supports a still image resolution of 1280 x 960 and the Samsung ST90 supports a still image resolution of 4320 x 3240. More ...

Image resolution refers to the amount of pixels that make up an photo taken on a digital camera. It is measured as the width x the height of the image - so a 1280 x 720 resolution camera can take a photo that is 1280 pixels wide and 720 pixels tall.

Higher image resolutions mean that the photos are comprised of more pixels, which translate to more detailed and higher quality photos. Also, because they are larger photos, they can be displayed on larger screens or printed out at vastly increased sizes without losing detail.

Only 2592 X 1944 Pixels Pixels Image Resolution

The Nikon Coolpix L3 has a maximum image resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels pixels, but the Canon PowerShot A490, the Olympus XZ1 and the Ricoh CX6 have a maximum image resolution of 3648 x 2736 pixels. More ...

Image resolution refers to the amount of pixels that make up an photo taken on a digital camera. It is measured as the width x the height of the image - so a 1280 x 720 resolution camera can take a photo that is 1280 pixels wide and 720 pixels tall.

Higher image resolutions mean that the photos are comprised of more pixels, which translate to more detailed and higher quality photos. Also, because they are larger photos, they can be displayed on larger screens or printed out at vastly increased sizes without losing detail.

20% Smaller Digital Zoom

The Nikon Coolpix L3 is a 4 digital zoom digital camera, and so do the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Olympus XZ1. That's 0.8x smaller than the Ricoh CX6 (4.8x) and 1x smaller than the Samsung ST90 (5x). More ...

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Lower Video Resolution

The Nikon Coolpix L3 has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels pixels (as is the Canon PowerShot A490), whereas the Olympus XZ1, the Ricoh CX6 and the Samsung ST90 have a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. More ...

'Maximum video resolution' measures the largest possible video that the digital camera is able to record.

A larger video resolution means the camera can shoot videos that will be sharper, more detailed and have more clarity.

Smaller Internal Memory

The Nikon Coolpix L3 is a 23 internal memory digital camera. That's 31.6MB smaller than the Olympus XZ1 (54.6MB), 17MB smaller than the Ricoh CX6 (40MB) and 7MB smaller than the Samsung ST90 (30MB). More ...

Internal memory is the amount of digital storage built into the camera.

The bigger the internal memory of the camera, the more photos can be stored at one time, without having to resort to an external SD card.

34% Smaller Display Diagonal

The Nikon Coolpix L3 is a 2 screen digital camera. That's 0.7" smaller than the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Samsung ST90 (2.7") and 1" smaller than the Olympus XZ1 and the Ricoh CX6 (3"). 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.

Lower Display Resolution

The Nikon Coolpix L3 is an 86 display resolution digital camera. That's 29,000 pixels lower than the Canon PowerShot A490 (115,000 Pixels), 524,000 pixels lower than the Olympus XZ1 (610,000 Pixels), 1,144,000 pixels lower than the Ricoh CX6 (1,230,000 Pixels) and 144,000 pixels lower than the Samsung ST90 (230,000 Pixels). More ...

The display resolution on a display camera denotes how high detail the display is.

High resolutions on the display of your camera means that the photos you take will be shown in higher detail, allowing you to see them more clearly.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Nikon Coolpix L3 has received a Kagoo Score of 75, however the Canon PowerShot A490 scored 81, the Olympus XZ1 scored 77 and the Samsung ST90 scored 78.

More Expensive by $270

The Nikon Coolpix L3 is $270 more expensive than the Canon PowerShot A490 and $234 more expensive than the Samsung ST90.

Older by Over One Year

The Nikon Coolpix L3 is eight months older than the Canon PowerShot A490, 11 months older than the Olympus XZ1, 18 months older than the Ricoh CX6 and 13 months older than the Samsung ST90.

Expert Review Rating is Considerably Worse

The Nikon Coolpix L3's average expert score is only 64%, however the Canon PowerShot A490's is 69% (based on 12 reviews), the Olympus XZ1's is 81% (based on 104 reviews), the Ricoh CX6's is 75% (based on 20 reviews) and the Samsung ST90's is 68% (based on 4 reviews).

User Review Rating is Worse

The Nikon Coolpix L3's average user score is 93%, however the Canon PowerShot A490's is 100% (based on 1 review).

Worse Brand

Nikon digital cameras have an average rating of only 90.6%, whereas Canon has an average rating of 95%.

4 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score

Asia.cnet.com, CNET.com.au, Pocket Lint and CNET.com all gave the Nikon Coolpix L3 a lower review score. More ...

Asia.cnet.com: Nikon Coolpix L3 = 64% vs Olympus XZ1 = 80%

CNET.com.au: Nikon Coolpix L3 = 64% vs Olympus XZ1 = 70%

Pocket Lint: Nikon Coolpix L3 = 70% vs Olympus XZ1 = 90%

CNET.com: Nikon Coolpix L3 = 64% vs Olympus XZ1 = 78%

The Nikon Coolpix L3 is 91mm wide, 60.5mm tall, 26mm deep and weighs 120g.

Nikon Coolpix L3 front view

The cheapest price that we could find for the Coolpix L3 in the US is $399.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Ricoh CX6

$552.33
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Ricoh CX6

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Ricoh CX6
10MP
3648 X 2736
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
10.7x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1280 X 720
PIXELS VIDEO
RESOLUTION
3.5
MINIMUM
3,200
MAXIMUM ISO
1s
CAMERA
180g
4.8x
DIGITAL ZOOM
3"
SCREEN

The Ricoh CX6 has a sensor size of 10MP and a Kagoo Score of 73. However with a price tag of $552.33 this digital camera is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Ricoh CX6.

Features We Love:
ok optical zoom (10.7x)
Image stabiliser
Large minimum aperture number (3.5)
Built-in flash
HDMI

Multiple reviews mentioned that this digital camera has a good picture resolution, good autofocus and it's very compact. It's a good spec and award winning 10.7x optical zoom digital camera.

89
Reviews
20 Reviews + 2 Awards
79
Features
Good Features
63
Value for Money
Good
73
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Ricoh CX6 has good expert reviews with an average expert rating of 75%, based on 20 reviews.

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4 Reasons For for Choosing the Ricoh CX6

Higher Image Resolution

The Ricoh CX6 has a maximum image resolution of 3648 x 2736 pixels pixels, and so are the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Olympus XZ1, which is twice as high image resolution as the Nikon Coolpix L3 (2592 x 1944 pixels). More ...

Image resolution refers to the amount of pixels that make up an photo taken on a digital camera. It is measured as the width x the height of the image - so a 1280 x 720 resolution camera can take a photo that is 1280 pixels wide and 720 pixels tall.

Higher image resolutions mean that the photos are comprised of more pixels, which translate to more detailed and higher quality photos. Also, because they are larger photos, they can be displayed on larger screens or printed out at vastly increased sizes without losing detail.

Higher Video Resolution

The Ricoh CX6 has a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels pixels, and so are the Olympus XZ1 and the Samsung ST90, which is 3 times higher video resolution as the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Nikon Coolpix L3 (640 x 480 pixels). More ...

'Maximum video resolution' measures the largest possible video that the digital camera is able to record.

A larger video resolution means the camera can shoot videos that will be sharper, more detailed and have more clarity.

25% Larger Display Diagonal

The Ricoh CX6 has a display diagonal of 3 (as does the Olympus XZ1), however the Canon PowerShot A490, the Nikon Coolpix L3 and the Samsung ST90 are all only 2.7" screen digital cameras (0.3" smaller). 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.

HDMI

The Ricoh CX6 has an HDMI, and so does the Olympus XZ1, whereas the Canon PowerShot A490, the Nikon Coolpix L3 and the Samsung ST90 do not. 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.

16 Reasons Against for Choosing the Ricoh CX6

Heavier

The Ricoh CX6 is a 180 digital camera. That's 5g heavier than the Canon PowerShot A490 (175g), 60g heavier than the Nikon Coolpix L3 (120g), 95g lighter than the Olympus XZ1 (275g) and 75g heavier than the Samsung ST90 (105g). More ...

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

A Lot Lower Megapixels

The Ricoh CX6 has a megapixels of 10 (as do the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Olympus XZ1), however the Nikon Coolpix L3 is a 5.1MP digital camera (4.9MP lower) and the Samsung ST90 is a 14.4MP digital camera (4.4MP higher). 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.

Smaller Image Sensor Size

The Ricoh CX6 has a 1/2 to 1/2.5" (1/2.3)" image sensor size, and so are the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Samsung ST90, but the Olympus XZ1 has a 1/1.5 to 1/2" image sensor size. More ...

Optical sensor size is one of the most important factors affecting the image quality produced by a digital camera. Compact digital cameras have smaller optical sensors due to the reduced space available in the camera body. Digital SLRs and Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILCs) have large optical sensors to achieve maximum image quality.

A larger optical sensor produces better quality photographs. A 4/3" sensor size has a 2x crop factor compared to 35mm film, while a 1/4" sensor size is significantly smaller and will result in lower quality images.

11 Times Lower Still Image Resolution

The Ricoh CX6 supports a still image resolution of 1280 x 960, which is half as high still image resolution as the Canon PowerShot A490 (1600 x 1200) and 11 times lower still image resolution as the Samsung ST90 (4320 x 3240). More ...

Image resolution refers to the amount of pixels that make up an photo taken on a digital camera. It is measured as the width x the height of the image - so a 1280 x 720 resolution camera can take a photo that is 1280 pixels wide and 720 pixels tall.

Higher image resolutions mean that the photos are comprised of more pixels, which translate to more detailed and higher quality photos. Also, because they are larger photos, they can be displayed on larger screens or printed out at vastly increased sizes without losing detail.

0.2x Smaller Digital Zoom

The Ricoh CX6 has a digital zoom of 4.8, but the Canon PowerShot A490, the Nikon Coolpix L3 and the Olympus XZ1 are all 4x digital zoom digital cameras (0.8x smaller) and the Samsung ST90 is a 5x digital zoom digital camera (0.2x bigger). More ...

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Lower Maximum ISO Sensitivity

Ricoh CX6 is only 3 maximum ISO speed, but the Olympus XZ1 is a 6,400 maximum ISO speed digital camera (3,200 higher). More ...

ISO sensitivity denotes the sensitivity of your camera to available light. Modifying the sensitivity causes the camera to gather more or less light when forming an image. Higher sensitivity gathers more light, which means can lead to a sharper image in low-light conditions. However it may also lead to increased 'noise', meaning the ISO level must be carefully modified to get the best shot.

A higher maximum ISO sensitivity will allow you to take photos in lower light levels without using flash.

Only 640 X 480 Pixels Pixels Video Resolution

The best video resolution supported by the Ricoh CX6 is 640 x 480 pixels pixels. Whereas the best video resolution supported by the Olympus XZ1 and the Samsung ST90 is 1280 x 720 pixels (3 times higher video resolution). We do not know what types of video resolution the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Nikon Coolpix L3 support. More ...

The video resolution is the size of the image that the camera can record in video mode. It is measured in pixels where the first value is the number of horizontal pixels and the second value is the number of vertical pixels.

A higher video resolution will be noticeable when playing back videos on HD televisions. The video will appear sharper and more life like. Recording video at a higher resolution will fill your memory card more quickly though.

A Lot Smaller Internal Memory

The Ricoh CX6 has an internal memory of 40, however the Nikon Coolpix L3 is a 23MB internal memory digital camera (17MB smaller), the Olympus XZ1 is a 54.6MB internal memory digital camera (14.6MB bigger) and the Samsung ST90 is a 30MB internal memory digital camera (10MB smaller). More ...

Internal memory is the amount of digital storage built into the camera.

The bigger the internal memory of the camera, the more photos can be stored at one time, without having to resort to an external SD card.

60 Less Battery Life

The Ricoh CX6 is a digital camera that takes 260 battery life, whereas the Olympus XZ1 only takes 320 battery life. More ...

We do not know the number of battery life taken by the Nikon Coolpix L3 or the Samsung ST90. It is possible that they do not take any battery life.

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Ricoh CX6 has received a Kagoo Score of 73, but the Canon PowerShot A490 scored 81, the Nikon Coolpix L3 scored 75, the Olympus XZ1 scored 77 and the Samsung ST90 scored 78.

$422 More Expensive

The Ricoh CX6 is more expensive than the Canon PowerShot A490 by $422, more expensive than the Nikon Coolpix L3 by $152, more expensive than the Olympus XZ1 by $53 and more expensive than the Samsung ST90 by $386.

Fewer Awards

Whilst the Ricoh CX6 has received 2 awards, the Olympus XZ1 has received 17 awards.

Lower Expert Review Score

The Ricoh CX6 only has an average expert rating of 75%, but the Olympus XZ1 has an average expert rating of 81% (based on 104 reviews).

A Lot Lower Overall Review Score

The Ricoh CX6 only has an average overall rating of 76%, but the Canon PowerShot A490 has an average overall rating of 79% (based on 13 reviews) and the Olympus XZ1 has an average overall rating of 87% (based on 106 reviews).

Worse Brand

Ricoh digital cameras have an average rating of only 75.9%, however Canon has an average rating of 95%, Nikon has an average rating of 90.6%, Olympus has an average rating of 82.5% and Samsung has an average rating of 85.2%.

7 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score

Techradar, What Digital Camera, Trusted Reviews, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Fotohits.de and Chip.de all gave the Ricoh CX6 a lower review score. More ...

Techradar: Ricoh CX6 = 70% vs Olympus XZ1 = 80%

What Digital Camera: Ricoh CX6 = 87% vs Olympus XZ1 = 90%

Trusted Reviews: Ricoh CX6 = 70% vs Olympus XZ1 = 80%

PhotographyBlog.com: Ricoh CX6 = 80% vs Olympus XZ1 = 90%

Ephotozine: Ricoh CX6 = 80% vs Olympus XZ1 = 90%

Fotohits.de: Ricoh CX6 = 77% vs Olympus XZ1 = 87%

Chip.de: Ricoh CX6 = 73% vs Olympus XZ1 = 76%

The cheapest price that we could find for the CX6 in the US is $552.33 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Olympus XZ1

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Olympus XZ1
10MP
3648 X 2736
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
4x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1280 X 720
PIXELS VIDEO
RESOLUTION
1.8
MINIMUM
6,400
MAXIMUM ISO
1s
CAMERA
275g
4x
DIGITAL ZOOM
3"
SCREEN

The Olympus XZ1 has a sensor size of 10MP and a Kagoo Score of 77. However with a price tag of $499.00 this digital camera is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Olympus XZ1 or read our article on whether you should buy a Olympus digital camera.

Features We Love:
ok optical zoom (4x)
Image stabiliser
Smaller than average minimum aperture number (1.8)
Built-in flash
Large display diagonal (3")

A multi award winning and fully featured 4x optical zoom camera. Our review analysis indicates that this camera has an excellent lens, it's compact and very able to produce good images.

95
Reviews
106 Reviews + 17 Awards
82
Features
Fully-Featured
66
Value for Money
Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Multiple reviews mentioned that Olympus XZ1 has great expert reviews and very good user reviews with an average overall rating of 87%, based on 106 reviews.

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13 Reasons For for Choosing the Olympus XZ1

Bigger Image Sensor Size

The Olympus XZ1 has a 1/1.5 to 1/2" (1/1.63)" image sensor size, but the Canon PowerShot A490, the Ricoh CX6 and the Samsung ST90 have a 1/2 to 1/2.5" image sensor size and the Nikon Coolpix L3 only has a 1/2.5 to 1/3" image sensor size. More ...

Optical sensor size is one of the most important factors affecting the image quality produced by a digital camera. Compact digital cameras have smaller optical sensors due to the reduced space available in the camera body. Digital SLRs and Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (MILCs) have large optical sensors to achieve maximum image quality.

A larger optical sensor produces better quality photographs. A 4/3" sensor size has a 2x crop factor compared to 35mm film, while a 1/4" sensor size is significantly smaller and will result in lower quality images.

Higher Image Resolution

The Olympus XZ1 has a maximum image resolution of 3648 x 2736 pixels pixels, and so are the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Ricoh CX6, which is twice as high image resolution as the Nikon Coolpix L3 (2592 x 1944 pixels). More ...

Image resolution refers to the amount of pixels that make up an photo taken on a digital camera. It is measured as the width x the height of the image - so a 1280 x 720 resolution camera can take a photo that is 1280 pixels wide and 720 pixels tall.

Higher image resolutions mean that the photos are comprised of more pixels, which translate to more detailed and higher quality photos. Also, because they are larger photos, they can be displayed on larger screens or printed out at vastly increased sizes without losing detail.

Higher Video Resolution

The Olympus XZ1 has a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels pixels, and so are the Ricoh CX6 and the Samsung ST90, which is 3 times higher video resolution as the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Nikon Coolpix L3 (640 x 480 pixels). More ...

'Maximum video resolution' measures the largest possible video that the digital camera is able to record.

A larger video resolution means the camera can shoot videos that will be sharper, more detailed and have more clarity.

A Lot Bigger Internal Memory

The Olympus XZ1 has an internal memory of 54.6, however the Nikon Coolpix L3 is only a 23MB internal memory digital camera (31.6MB smaller), the Ricoh CX6 is only a 40MB internal memory digital camera (14.6MB smaller) and the Samsung ST90 is only a 30MB internal memory digital camera (24.6MB smaller). More ...

Internal memory is the amount of digital storage built into the camera.

The bigger the internal memory of the camera, the more photos can be stored at one time, without having to resort to an external SD card.

Larger Maximum Memory Card Size

The Olympus XZ1 is a 64 maximum memory card size digital camera. That's 56GB larger than the Samsung ST90 (8GB). More ...

The maximum size of memory card that can be used in this digital camera. Different cameras are designed to take larger capacity cards, so a card that works in one camera may not necessarily work in another.

A digital camera with a larger memory card size means that you can potentially store more photos on the device at once.

25% Larger Display Diagonal

The Olympus XZ1 has a display diagonal of 3 (as does the Ricoh CX6), however the Canon PowerShot A490, the Nikon Coolpix L3 and the Samsung ST90 are all only 2.7" screen digital cameras (0.3" smaller). 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.

HDMI

The Olympus XZ1 has an HDMI, and so does the Ricoh CX6, whereas the Canon PowerShot A490, the Nikon Coolpix L3 and the Samsung ST90 do not. 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.

170 More Battery Life

The Olympus XZ1 is a digital camera that takes 320 battery life, whereas the Canon PowerShot A490 only takes 150 battery life and the Ricoh CX6 only takes 260 battery life. More ...

We do not know the number of battery life taken by the Nikon Coolpix L3 or the Samsung ST90. It is possible that they do not take any battery life.

The number of shots per battery charge is the number of photos that the camera will typically take on a single charge of the battery.

More shots per battery charge means you will have to recharge the battery less frequently and reduces the need to carry a second back up battery.

17 More Awards

The Olympus XZ1 has received 17 awards, however the Canon PowerShot A490 has received no awards, the Nikon Coolpix L3 has received no awards, the Ricoh CX6 has received 2 awards and the Samsung ST90 has received 1 award.

Expert Reviews Are Better

The average expert review score of the Olympus XZ1 is 81% based on 104 reviews, but the average rating of the Canon PowerShot A490 is 69% (based on 12 reviews), the average rating of the Nikon Coolpix L3 is 64% (based on 12 reviews), the average rating of the Ricoh CX6 is 75% (based on 20 reviews) and the average rating of the Samsung ST90 is 68% (based on 4 reviews).

Overall Reviews Are Better

The average overall review score of the Olympus XZ1 is 87% based on 106 reviews, but the average rating of the Canon PowerShot A490 is 79% (based on 13 reviews), the average rating of the Nikon Coolpix L3 is 74% (based on 15 reviews), the average rating of the Ricoh CX6 is 76% (based on 20 reviews) and the average rating of the Samsung ST90 is 66% (based on 6 reviews).

14 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Higher Review Score

CNET.com, CNET.com.au, Good Gear Guide.com.au, Trusted Reviews, Techradar, What Digital Camera, Pocket Lint, Asia.cnet.com, PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, CNET.de, Chip.de, Fotohits.de and Betabuzz.de all gave the Olympus XZ1 a better review score. More ...

CNET.com: Olympus XZ1 = 78% vs Nikon Coolpix L3 = 64%

CNET.com.au: Olympus XZ1 = 70% vs Nikon Coolpix L3 = 64%

Good Gear Guide.com.au: Olympus XZ1 = 90% vs Canon PowerShot A490 = 70%

Trusted Reviews: Olympus XZ1 = 80% vs Ricoh CX6 = 70%

Techradar: Olympus XZ1 = 80% vs Ricoh CX6 = 70%

What Digital Camera: Olympus XZ1 = 90% vs Ricoh CX6 = 87%

Pocket Lint: Olympus XZ1 = 90% vs Nikon Coolpix L3 = 70%

Asia.cnet.com: Olympus XZ1 = 80% vs Nikon Coolpix L3 = 64%

PhotographyBlog.com: Olympus XZ1 = 90% vs Samsung ST90 = 80%

Ephotozine: Olympus XZ1 = 90% vs Samsung ST90 = 70%

CNET.de: Olympus XZ1 = 78% vs Canon PowerShot A490 = 70%

Chip.de: Olympus XZ1 = 76% vs Ricoh CX6 = 73%

Fotohits.de: Olympus XZ1 = 87% vs Ricoh CX6 = 77%

Betabuzz.de: Olympus XZ1 = 83% vs Canon PowerShot A490 = 62%
Produces Better Quality Photos

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Olympus XZ1 produces better quality photos. More than 20 people thought that it was very able to produce good images and several people thought that it was also outstanding in low light, had an excellent ISO range and had a good picture resolution.

11 Reasons Against for Choosing the Olympus XZ1

Heavier

The Olympus XZ1 is a 275 digital camera. That's 100g heavier than the Canon PowerShot A490 (175g), 155g heavier than the Nikon Coolpix L3 (120g), 95g heavier than the Ricoh CX6 (180g) and 170g heavier than the Samsung ST90 (105g). More ...

The camera's weight will depend on the type and size of camera. Compact cameras are usually the lightest while digital SLRs will be heavier. Also consider the number and weight of lenses to take when using a SLR.

The lower the camera weight, the easier it will be to carry around and it will also reduce your hand luggage weight when flying.

A Lot Lower Megapixels

The Olympus XZ1 has a megapixels of 10 (as do the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Ricoh CX6), however the Nikon Coolpix L3 is a 5.1MP digital camera (4.9MP lower) and the Samsung ST90 is a 14.4MP digital camera (4.4MP higher). 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.

18 Times Lower Still Image Resolution

The Olympus XZ1 supports a still image resolution of 1024 x 768, which is half as high still image resolution as the Canon PowerShot A490 (1600 x 1200), half as high still image resolution as the Ricoh CX6 (1280 x 960) and 18 times lower still image resolution as the Samsung ST90 (4320 x 3240). More ...

Image resolution refers to the amount of pixels that make up an photo taken on a digital camera. It is measured as the width x the height of the image - so a 1280 x 720 resolution camera can take a photo that is 1280 pixels wide and 720 pixels tall.

Higher image resolutions mean that the photos are comprised of more pixels, which translate to more detailed and higher quality photos. Also, because they are larger photos, they can be displayed on larger screens or printed out at vastly increased sizes without losing detail.

Smaller Digital Zoom

The Olympus XZ1 has a digital zoom of 4 (as do the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Nikon Coolpix L3), but the Ricoh CX6 is a 4.8x digital zoom digital camera (0.8x bigger) and the Samsung ST90 is a 5x digital zoom digital camera (1x bigger). More ...

The digital zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in by cropping the image received by the camera's sensor. A digital zoom is not as good as an optical zoom as it will result in a reduction in image quality the further you zoom in. This is because fewer of the camera's pixels are being used to capture the image.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge the subject but this can result in the image becoming blurry. A digital zoom can be used if an optical zoom is not available.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Olympus XZ1 does not support Full HD video (As does the the Samsung ST90), however the Canon PowerShot A490, the Nikon Coolpix L3 and the Ricoh CX6 support this feature. More ...

Cameras with full HD video recording can capture video with a resolution of at least 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Full HD video usually appears sharper as more pixels re being recorded.

620,000 Pixels Lower Display Resolution

The Olympus XZ1 has a display resolution of 610, whereas the Canon PowerShot A490 is a 115,000 Pixels display resolution digital camera (495,000 pixels lower), the Nikon Coolpix L3 is an 86,000 Pixels display resolution digital camera (524,000 pixels lower), the Ricoh CX6 is a 1,230,000 Pixels display resolution digital camera (620,000 pixels higher) and the Samsung ST90 is a 230,000 Pixels display resolution digital camera (380,000 pixels lower). More ...

The display resolution on a display camera denotes how high detail the display is.

High resolutions on the display of your camera means that the photos you take will be shown in higher detail, allowing you to see them more clearly.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Olympus XZ1 has received a Kagoo Score of 77, but the Canon PowerShot A490 scored 81 and the Samsung ST90 scored 78.

$369 More Expensive

The Olympus XZ1 is more expensive than the Canon PowerShot A490 by $369, more expensive than the Nikon Coolpix L3 by $99 and more expensive than the Samsung ST90 by $333.

Seven Months Older

The Olympus XZ1 is older than the Ricoh CX6 by seven months and older than the Samsung ST90 by two months.

A Lot Lower User Review Score

The Olympus XZ1 has an average user rating of 90%, but the Canon PowerShot A490 has an average user rating of 100% (based on 1 review) and the Nikon Coolpix L3 has an average user rating of 93% (based on 3 reviews).

Worse Brand

Olympus digital cameras have an average rating of only 82.5%, however Canon has an average rating of 95%, Nikon has an average rating of 90.6% and Samsung has an average rating of 85.2%.

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