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5 Best Portrait Photography Cameras in the US - January 2020

Updated 15 December 2019 by Matthew
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5 best portrait photography cameras

Which Are the Best Portrait Photography Cameras?

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

  • 1) Pentax K50 - $100.00 Adorama
  • 2) Nikon D300S - $100.00 Adorama
  • 3) Samsung ST90 - $165.99 Overstock
  • 4) Canon PowerShot A490 - $0.00
  • 5) Ricoh CX6 - $552.33 eBay

What Portrait Photography Camera to Buy in January 2020?

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

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Pentax K50 Nikon D300S Samsung ST90 Canon PowerShot A490 Ricoh CX6
Pentax K50 Nikon D300S Samsung ST90 Canon PowerShot A490 Ricoh CX6
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16.3MP
4928 X 3264
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
FULL HD VIDEO
RESOLUTION
3.5
MINIMUM
51,200
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
12.3MP
4288 X 2848
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
1280 X 720
PIXELS VIDEO
RESOLUTION
3.5
MINIMUM
6,400
MAXIMUM ISO
1s
CAMERA
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
10MP
3648 X 2736
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
10.7x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1280 X 720
PIXELS VIDEO
RESOLUTION
3.5
MINIMUM
95
Reviews
71 Reviews + 12 Awards
85
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Popularity
Quite Popular
84
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent
96
Reviews
868 Reviews + 9 Awards
83
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent
86
Reviews
6 Reviews + 1 Award
81
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Value for Money
Very Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good
93
Reviews
13 Reviews
83
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent
89
Reviews
20 Reviews + 2 Awards
79
Features
Good Features
63
Value for Money
Good
73
Kagoo Score
Very Good
A fully featured and multi award winning 660g camera, with an affordable price. It does not have an image stabiliser, supports Full HD video, has a built-in flash and is dustproof. Customers report that it has a very good picture resolution, it's really able to produce good images but bad for video recording. A fully featured and multi award winning 840g camera, with a good price. It has a built-in flash and an HDMI, does not have an image stabiliser and supports Wi-Fi. Owners report that this camera has good features and it's really able to produce good images, and easy to use. Customers report that this camera iscompact and able to produce good images. It's an award winning and amazingly light weight 5x optical zoom camera, with a cheap price and a very good spec. Customers report that this camera has brilliant features, it produces very good images and compact. It's a classic and fully featured 3.3x optical zoom camera, with a low price. An award winning and good spec 10.7x optical zoom camera. Our review analysis indicates that this camera has a good picture resolution, good autofocus and it's very compact.
Pentax K50 size in context Nikon D300S size in context Canon PowerShot A490 size in context
16 Reasons For
6.3MP Higher Megapixels
Dustproof
Full HD Video
1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels Pixels Video Resolution
Higher Video Resolution
Larger Display Diagonal
HDMI
830 More Battery Life
Better Kagoo Score
$66 Cheaper
More Shops Are Selling it
12 More Awards
Expert Reviews Are a Bit Better
11 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Higher Review Score
A Better Size
Better Well Executed Technical Features
15 Reasons For
1/1.5 to 1/2" (1/1.6)" Image Sensor Size
0.5" Larger Display Diagonal
HDMI
Wi-Fi
Cheaper by $66
Newer by Four Years
A Bit Better Overall Reviews
8 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Higher Review Score
Has a Better Price
More Robust
Easier to Use
Has a Better Lens
Has a Better Screen or Viewfinder
Took Good Quality Photos
Recorded Good Videos
3 Reasons For
735g Lighter
Higher Still Image Resolution
45% Bigger Digital Zoom
2 Reasons For
Moderately Better User Reviews
Better Brand
4 Reasons For
Bigger Internal Memory
Larger Display Diagonal
HDMI
77% Lighter
13 Reasons Against
46% Heavier
Only 1728 X 1152 Still Image Resolution
Vastly Lower Display Resolution
Over Four Years Older
A Bit Lower Overall Review Score
Worse Brand
5 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score
Less Robust
Harder to Use
Has a Worse Lens
Has a Worse Screen or Viewfinder
Took Good Quality Pictures
Took Good Videos
21 Reasons Against
A Lot Heavier
4MP Lower Megapixels
Lower Still Image Resolution
Smaller Digital Zoom
Vastly Lower Maximum ISO Sensitivity
Does Not Support Full HD Video
Lower Video Resolution
Half As High Video Resolution
Lower Display Resolution
Does Not Have a GPS
Only 950 Battery Life
0.64kg Heavier
Worse Kagoo Score
Less Retailers
Five Less Awards
Expert Review Rating is a Bit Worse
User Review Rating is a Bit Worse
Worse Brand
7 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score
Worse in Terms of Size
Worse Nice Technical Features
17 Reasons Against
1.9MP Lower Megapixels
Only 1/2 to 1/2.5" (1/2.3)" Image Sensor Size
Does Not Support Full HD Video
Lower Video Resolution
Half As High Video Resolution
10MB Smaller Internal Memory
10% Smaller Display Diagonal
Lower Display Resolution
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $66
Less Retailers
Older by Over Four Years
11 Less Awards
Expert Review Rating is Considerably Worse
User Review Rating is Vastly Worse
Worse Brand
3 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score
17 Reasons Against
70g Heavier
Lower Megapixels
Only 1/2 to 1/2.5" (1/2.3)" Image Sensor Size
Lower Still Image Resolution
20% Smaller Digital Zoom
Lower Video Resolution
0.5" Smaller Display Diagonal
Lower Display Resolution
Only 150 Battery Life
Worse Kagoo Score
Less Retailers
Older by Over Five Years
Expert Review Rating is Considerably Worse
Overall Review Rating is Considerably Worse
6 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score
Less Fairly Priced
Produces Worse Quality Pictures
18 Reasons Against
Heavier
A Lot Lower Megapixels
Smaller Image Sensor Size
Only 1280 X 960 Still Image Resolution
0.2x Smaller Digital Zoom
48,000 Lower Maximum ISO Sensitivity
Only 1280 X 720 Pixels Pixels Video Resolution
Lower Video Resolution
720 Less Battery Life
Worse Kagoo Score
$452 More Expensive
Fewer Sellers
Over Four Years Older
Fewer Awards
A Lot Lower Expert Review Score
A Lot Lower Overall Review Score
Worse Brand
8 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score
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Pentax K50

$100.00
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Pentax K50

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Pentax K50
16.3MP
4928 X 3264
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
FULL HD VIDEO
RESOLUTION
3.5
MINIMUM
51,200
MAXIMUM ISO
SPEED
1s
CAMERA
660g
3"
SCREEN

The Pentax K50 has a Kagoo Score of 85. With a price tag of $100.00 this digital camera is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Pentax K50 or read our article on whether you should buy a Pentax digital camera.

Features We Love:
High megapixels (16.3MP)
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution (1920x1080 pixels)
Wide range of minimum aperture numbers depending on lens used
High maximum ISO sensitivity (51,200)

A fully featured and multi award winning 660g camera, with an affordable price. It does not have an image stabiliser, supports Full HD video, has a built-in flash and is dustproof. Customers report that it has a very good picture resolution, it's really able to produce good images but bad for video recording.

95
Reviews
71 Reviews + 12 Awards
85
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Popularity
Quite Popular
84
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Pentax K50 has great expert reviews with an average expert rating of 86%, based on 71 reviews.

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16 Reasons For for Choosing the Pentax K50

6.3MP Higher Megapixels

The Pentax K50 has a megapixels of 16.3, but the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Ricoh CX6 are both only 10MP digital cameras (6.3MP lower), the Nikon D300S is only a 12.3MP digital camera (4MP lower) and the Samsung ST90 is only a 14.4MP digital camera (1.9MP lower). 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.

Dustproof

The Pentax K50 is dustproof, however the Canon PowerShot A490, the Nikon D300S, the Ricoh CX6 and the Samsung ST90 are not. More ...

A dustproof digital camera is one that is resistant to dust, and is sealed so that dust and sand can't get into the lens or the mechanics.

A dustproof camera is excellent for shooting in very dry climates or dusty areas, and will prevent accidental damage that would stop a normal camera from working properly.

Full HD Video

The Pentax K50 supports Full HD video, however the Canon PowerShot A490, the Nikon D300S, the Ricoh CX6 and the Samsung ST90 do not. 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.

1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels Pixels Video Resolution

The Pentax K50 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels pixels, which is 7 times higher video resolution as the Canon PowerShot A490 (640 x 480 pixels) and twice as high video resolution as the Nikon D300S, the Ricoh CX6 and the Samsung ST90 (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.

Higher Video Resolution

The best video resolution supported by the Pentax K50 is 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels pixels. However the best video resolution supported by the Nikon D300S and the Samsung ST90 is 1280 x 720 pixels (half as high video resolution) and the Ricoh CX6 is 640 x 480 pixels (7 times lower video resolution). We do not know what types of video resolution the Canon PowerShot A490 support. More ...

The Pentax K50 also supports 1280 x 720 pixels and 640 x 480 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.

Larger Display Diagonal

Pentax K50 is 3 screen (as do the Nikon D300S and the Ricoh CX6), but the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Samsung ST90 are both 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 Pentax K50 has an HDMI, and so do the Nikon D300S and the Ricoh CX6, however the Canon PowerShot A490 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.

830 More Battery Life

The Pentax K50 takes 980 battery life, however the Canon PowerShot A490 only takes 150 battery life, the Nikon D300S only takes 950 battery life and the Ricoh CX6 only takes 260 battery life. More ...

We do not know the number of battery life taken by the Samsung ST90. It is possible that it does 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.

Better Kagoo Score

The Pentax K50 has received a Kagoo Score of 85, whereas the Canon PowerShot A490 scored 80, the Nikon D300S scored 83, the Ricoh CX6 scored only 73 and the Samsung ST90 scored 77.

$66 Cheaper

The Pentax K50 is $452.33 cheaper than the Ricoh CX6 and $65.99 cheaper than the Samsung ST90.

More Shops Are Selling it

A greater number of retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this digital camera and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.

12 More Awards

The Pentax K50 has received 12 awards, but the Canon PowerShot A490 has received no awards, the Nikon D300S has received 7 awards, the Ricoh CX6 has received 2 awards and the Samsung ST90 has received 1 award.

Expert Reviews Are a Bit Better

Based on 71 reviews, the average expert review score of the Pentax K50 is 86%, whereas the average rating of the Canon PowerShot A490 is 69% (based on 12 reviews), the average rating of the Nikon D300S is 84% (based on 71 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).

11 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Higher Review Score

Techradar.com/au/, Digicam Buyer.co.uk, CNET.co.uk, Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com, Toptenreviews.com, Amateurphotographer.co.uk, Chip.de, CNET.de, Magnus.de and Wired.it all gave the Pentax K50 a better review score. More ...

Techradar.com/au/: Pentax K50 = 80% vs Ricoh CX6 = 70%

Digicam Buyer.co.uk: Pentax K50 = 100% vs Nikon D300S = 80%

CNET.co.uk: Pentax K50 = 90% vs Samsung ST90 = 50%

Ephotozine: Pentax K50 = 100% vs Samsung ST90 = 70%

PhotographyBlog.com: Pentax K50 = 90% vs Samsung ST90 = 80%

Toptenreviews.com: Pentax K50 = 88% vs Nikon D300S = 75%

Amateurphotographer.co.uk: Pentax K50 = 85% vs Ricoh CX6 = 60%

Chip.de: Pentax K50 = 92% vs Ricoh CX6 = 73%

CNET.de: Pentax K50 = 85% vs Nikon D300S = 84%

Magnus.de: Pentax K50 = 74% vs Canon PowerShot A490 = 48%

Wired.it: Pentax K50 = 83% vs Nikon D300S = 82%
A Better Size

On average reviewers thought the Pentax K50 was a better size. Several people thought that it was a good body shape, was very compact and wasn't heavy and bulky.

Better Well Executed Technical Features

The Pentax K50 reviewers thought the Pentax K50 was better well executed technical features. Several people thought that it had superb features and had a powerful motor.

13 Reasons Against for Choosing the Pentax K50

46% Heavier

The Pentax K50 is a 660 digital camera. That's 485g heavier than the Canon PowerShot A490 (175g), 180g lighter than the Nikon D300S (840g), 480g heavier than the Ricoh CX6 (180g) and 555g 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.

Only 1728 X 1152 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax K50 supports a still image resolution of 1728 x 1152, which is 7 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.

Vastly Lower Display Resolution

The Pentax K50 has a display resolution of 921 (as does the Nikon D300S), however the Canon PowerShot A490 is a 115,000 Pixels display resolution digital camera (806,000 pixels lower), the Ricoh CX6 is a 1,230,000 Pixels display resolution digital camera (309,000 pixels higher) and the Samsung ST90 is a 230,000 Pixels display resolution digital camera (691,000 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.

Over Four Years Older

The Pentax K50 is older than the Nikon D300S by five years, older than the Ricoh CX6 by eight months and older than the Samsung ST90 by four months.

A Bit Lower Overall Review Score

The average overall rating of the Pentax K50 is 89%, whereas the average overall rating of the Nikon D300S is 92% (based on 853 reviews).

Worse Brand

Pentax digital cameras have an average rating of only 82.3%, but Canon has an average rating of 95%, Nikon has an average rating of 91.4% and Samsung has an average rating of 83.7%.

5 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score

Techradar, Expert Reviews, What Digital Camera, DP Review and Cnetfrance.fr all gave the Pentax K50 a lower review score. More ...

Techradar: Pentax K50 = 80% vs Nikon D300S = 90%

Expert Reviews: Pentax K50 = 60% vs Nikon D300S = 100%

What Digital Camera: Pentax K50 = 90% vs Nikon D300S = 93%

DP Review: Pentax K50 = 83% vs Nikon D300S = 90%

Cnetfrance.fr: Pentax K50 = 80% vs Nikon D300S = 84%
Less Robust

Our analysis of the Pentax K50 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Pentax K50 was less robust.

Harder to Use

On average reviewers thought the Pentax K50 was harder to use.

Has a Worse Lens

On average reviewers thought the Pentax K50 has a worse lens.

Has a Worse Screen or Viewfinder

Our analysis of the Pentax K50 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Pentax K50 has a worse screen or viewfinder.

Took Good Quality Pictures

On average reviewers thought the Pentax K50 took good quality pictures.

Took Good Videos

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Pentax K50 took good videos.

The Pentax K50 is 132.08mm wide, 96.52mm tall, 73.66mm deep and weighs 660g.

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Nikon D300S

$100.00
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Nikon D300S

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Nikon D300S
12.3MP
4288 X 2848
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
1280 X 720
PIXELS VIDEO
RESOLUTION
3.5
MINIMUM
6,400
MAXIMUM ISO
1s
CAMERA
840g
1x
DIGITAL ZOOM
3"
SCREEN

The Nikon D300S has a Kagoo Score of 83. With a price tag of $100.00 this digital camera is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Nikon D300S or read our article on whether you should buy a Nikon digital camera.

Features We Love:
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
Optical image stabilisation may be available with some lenses
Wide range of minimum aperture numbers depending on lens used
Very short camera shutter speed (1/8000s)
Supports Wi-Fi

A fully featured and multi award winning 840g camera, with a good price. It has a built-in flash and an HDMI, does not have an image stabiliser and supports Wi-Fi. Owners report that this camera has good features and it's really able to produce good images, and easy to use.

96
Reviews
868 Reviews + 9 Awards
83
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Owners report that Nikon D300S has very good expert reviews and excellent user reviews with 99% of buyers recommending this digital camera to others.

DP Review Highly Recommended
Trusted Reviews Recommended
Ephotozine Highly Recommended
Camera Labs Highly Recommended
IT Reviews.com Recommended
Magnus.de Buying Tip
cw.no Good Choice

15 Reasons For for Choosing the Nikon D300S

1/1.5 to 1/2" (1/1.6)" Image Sensor Size

The Nikon D300S has a 1/1.5 to 1/2" (1/1.6)" 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. We do not know what type of image sensor size the Pentax K50 have. 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.

0.5" Larger Display Diagonal

The Nikon D300S is a 3 screen digital camera, and so do the Pentax K50 and the Ricoh CX6. That's 0.3" larger than the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Samsung ST90 (2.7"). 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 Nikon D300S has an HDMI (as do the Pentax K50 and the Ricoh CX6), but the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Samsung ST90 do not have this feature. 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.

Wi-Fi

The Nikon D300S supports Wi-Fi, however the Canon PowerShot A490, the Pentax K50, the Ricoh CX6 and the Samsung ST90 do not support this feature. More ...

WiFi connectivity allows you upload photos to your computer and the internet without connecting the camera to the computer with a cable.

WiFi connectivity makes it easier to upload your photos as you will not need a cable. Most cameras will also allow you to print photos via Wifi.

Cheaper by $66

The Nikon D300S costs $452.33 less than the Ricoh CX6 and costs $65.99 less than the Samsung ST90.

Newer by Four Years

The Nikon D300S was released five years after the Canon PowerShot A490, released five years after the Pentax K50, released four years after the Ricoh CX6 and released five years after the Samsung ST90

A Bit Better Overall Reviews

The Nikon D300S has an average overall review score of 92% based on 853 reviews, however the Canon PowerShot A490 has an average rating of 79% (based on 13 reviews), the Pentax K50 has an average rating of 89% (based on 71 reviews), the Ricoh CX6 has an average rating of 76% (based on 20 reviews) and the Samsung ST90 has an average rating of 66% (based on 6 reviews).

8 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Higher Review Score

DP Review, What Digital Camera, Trusted Reviews, CNET.com.au, Expert Reviews, Techradar, Cnetfrance.fr and Betabuzz.de all gave the Nikon D300S a better review score. More ...

DP Review: Nikon D300S = 90% vs Pentax K50 = 83%

What Digital Camera: Nikon D300S = 93% vs Ricoh CX6 = 87%

Trusted Reviews: Nikon D300S = 90% vs Ricoh CX6 = 70%

CNET.com.au: Nikon D300S = 85% vs Canon PowerShot A490 = 70%

Expert Reviews: Nikon D300S = 100% vs Pentax K50 = 60%

Techradar: Nikon D300S = 90% vs Ricoh CX6 = 70%

Cnetfrance.fr: Nikon D300S = 84% vs Pentax K50 = 80%

Betabuzz.de: Nikon D300S = 84% vs Canon PowerShot A490 = 62%
Has a Better Price

The Nikon D300S reviewers thought the Nikon D300S has a better price. Three people thought that it wasn't expensive.

More Robust

On average reviewers thought the Nikon D300S was more robust. Over 30 people thought that it was really well made and more than 20 people thought that it was also strong and durable. Over 10 people also thought that it was very reliable and well-built.

Easier to Use

On average reviewers thought the Nikon D300S was easier to use. Over 100 people thought that it was very easy to use and more than 20 people thought that it also had excellent controls. Several people also thought that it was very easy to handle, was comfortable and easy to hold and was very easy to setup.

Has a Better Lens

On average reviewers thought the Nikon D300S has a better lens. More than 70 people thought that it had an excellent autofocus and more than 30 people thought that it also had a good lens. Five people also thought that it had a good zoom.

Has a Better Screen or Viewfinder

Our analysis of the Nikon D300S reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Nikon D300S has a better screen or viewfinder. More than 30 people thought that it had an outstanding screen and more than 10 people thought that it also had a very good viewfinder.

Took Good Quality Photos

Our analysis of the Nikon D300S reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Nikon D300S took good quality photos. More than 200 people thought that it was really able to produce good images and more than 30 people thought that it also had a good picture resolution, ISO range and had a brilliant picture quality. Over 30 people also thought that it was good in low light and more than 10 people thought that it also had a brilliant image sensor. Looking through the reviews we also noticed that five people thought that it was very able to produce clear pictures.

Recorded Good Videos

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Nikon D300S recorded good videos. Over 80 people thought that it was good for video recording.

21 Reasons Against for Choosing the Nikon D300S

A Lot Heavier

The Nikon D300S has a weight of 840, but the Canon PowerShot A490 is a 175g digital camera (665g lighter), the Pentax K50 is a 660g digital camera (180g lighter), the Ricoh CX6 is a 180g digital camera (660g lighter) and the Samsung ST90 is a 105g digital camera (735g 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.

4MP Lower Megapixels

The Nikon D300S is a 12.3 digital camera. That's 2.3MP higher than the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Ricoh CX6 (10MP), 4MP lower than the Pentax K50 (16.3MP) and 2.1MP 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.

Lower Still Image Resolution

The Nikon D300S supports a still image resolution of 1024 x 768, whereas the Canon PowerShot A490 supports a still image resolution of 1600 x 1200, the Pentax K50 supports a still image resolution of 1728 x 1152, 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.

Smaller Digital Zoom

The Nikon D300S is a 1 digital zoom digital camera. That's 3.8x smaller than the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Ricoh CX6 (4.8x) and 4x 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.

Vastly Lower Maximum ISO Sensitivity

The Nikon D300S has a maximum ISO sensitivity of 6. That's 44,800 lower than the Pentax K50 (51,200) and 3,200 higher than the Ricoh CX6 (3,200). 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.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon D300S does not support Full HD video (As does the the Samsung ST90), whereas the Canon PowerShot A490, the Pentax K50 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.

Lower Video Resolution

The Nikon D300S has a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels pixels (as are the Ricoh CX6 and the Samsung ST90), whereas the Pentax K50 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 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.

Half As High Video Resolution

The best video resolution supported by the Nikon D300S is 1280 x 720 pixels pixels which is also supported by the Samsung ST90. But the best video resolution supported by the Pentax K50 is 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels (twice as high video resolution). We do not know what types of video resolution the Canon PowerShot A490 support. More ...

The Nikon D300S also supports 640 x 480 pixels, 640 x 424 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.

Lower Display Resolution

The Nikon D300S is a 921 display resolution digital camera, and so does the Pentax K50. That's 806,000 pixels higher than the Canon PowerShot A490 (115,000 Pixels), 309,000 pixels lower than the Ricoh CX6 (1,230,000 Pixels) and 691,000 pixels higher 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.

Does Not Have a GPS

The Nikon D300S does not have a GPS, however the Canon PowerShot A490, the Pentax K50, the Ricoh CX6 and the Samsung ST90 have this feature. 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.

Only 950 Battery Life

The number of battery life on the Nikon D300S is 950, but the Pentax K50 only takes 980 battery life. More ...

We do not know the number of battery life taken by the Samsung ST90. It is possible that it does 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.

0.64kg Heavier

The Nikon D300S is a 0.84 heavy digital camera, whereas the Ricoh CX6 is a 0.2kg heavy digital camera (0.64kg lighter).

Worse Kagoo Score

The Nikon D300S has received a Kagoo Score of 83, however the Pentax K50 scored 85.

Less Retailers

The Nikon D300S is only stocked by 1 store, whereas the Pentax K50 is stocked by 4 shops. More ...

Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock.
Five Less Awards

The Nikon D300S has only received 7 awards, whereas the Pentax K50 has received 12 awards.

Expert Review Rating is a Bit Worse

The Nikon D300S's average expert score is 84%, however the Pentax K50's is 86% (based on 71 reviews).

User Review Rating is a Bit Worse

The Nikon D300S's average user score is 96%, however the Canon PowerShot A490's is 100% (based on 1 review).

Worse Brand

Nikon digital cameras have an average rating of only 91.4%, whereas Canon has an average rating of 95%.

7 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score

Toptenreviews.com, Digicam Buyer.co.uk, CNET.co.uk, Ephotozine, Chip.de, CNET.de and Wired.it all gave the Nikon D300S a lower review score. More ...

Toptenreviews.com: Nikon D300S = 75% vs Pentax K50 = 88%

Digicam Buyer.co.uk: Nikon D300S = 80% vs Pentax K50 = 100%

CNET.co.uk: Nikon D300S = 89% vs Pentax K50 = 90%

Ephotozine: Nikon D300S = 80% vs Pentax K50 = 100%

Chip.de: Nikon D300S = 89% vs Pentax K50 = 92%

CNET.de: Nikon D300S = 84% vs Pentax K50 = 85%

Wired.it: Nikon D300S = 82% vs Pentax K50 = 83%
Worse in Terms of Size

Our analysis of the Nikon D300S reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Nikon D300S was worse in terms of size.

Worse Nice Technical Features

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Nikon D300S was worse nice technical features.

The Nikon D300S is 147mm wide, 74mm tall, 114mm deep and weighs 0.84kg.

Nikon D300S front view

The cheapest price that we could find for the D300S in the US is $100.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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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 Kagoo Score of 77. 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
Big digital zoom (5x)

Customers report that this camera iscompact and able to produce good images. It's an award winning and amazingly light weight 5x optical zoom camera, with a cheap price and a very good spec.

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79
Value for Money
Very Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good

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

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3 Reasons For for Choosing the Samsung ST90

735g Lighter

The Samsung ST90 has a weight of 105, but the Canon PowerShot A490 is a 175g digital camera (70g heavier), the Nikon D300S is an 840g digital camera (735g heavier), the Pentax K50 is a 660g digital camera (555g 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 Still Image Resolution

The Samsung ST90 supports a still image resolution of 4320 x 3240, whereas the Canon PowerShot A490 supports a still image resolution of 1600 x 1200, the Nikon D300S supports a still image resolution of 1024 x 768, the Pentax K50 supports a still image resolution of 1728 x 1152 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.

45% Bigger Digital Zoom

The Samsung ST90 is a 5 digital zoom digital camera. That's 0.2x bigger than the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Ricoh CX6 (4.8x) and 4x bigger than the Nikon D300S (1x). 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.

17 Reasons Against for Choosing the Samsung ST90

1.9MP Lower Megapixels

The Samsung ST90 is a 14.4 digital camera. That's 4.4MP higher than the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Ricoh CX6 (10MP), 2.1MP higher than the Nikon D300S (12.3MP) and 1.9MP lower than the Pentax K50 (16.3MP). 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 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), however the Nikon D300S has a 1/1.5 to 1/2" image sensor size. We do not know what type of image sensor size the Pentax K50 have. 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 Nikon D300S), whereas the Canon PowerShot A490, the Pentax K50 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.

Lower Video Resolution

The Samsung ST90 has a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels pixels (as are the Nikon D300S and the Ricoh CX6), whereas the Pentax K50 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 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.

Half As High Video Resolution

The best video resolution supported by the Samsung ST90 is 1280 x 720 pixels pixels which is also supported by the Nikon D300S. But the best video resolution supported by the Pentax K50 is 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels (twice as high video resolution). We do not know what types of video resolution the Canon PowerShot A490 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.

10MB Smaller Internal Memory

The Samsung ST90 is a 30 internal memory digital camera. That's 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.

10% Smaller Display Diagonal

The Samsung ST90 is a 2.7 screen digital camera. That's 0.2" larger than the Canon PowerShot A490 (2.5") and 0.3" smaller than the Nikon D300S, the Pentax K50 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 Samsung ST90 is a 230 display resolution digital camera. That's 115,000 pixels higher than the Canon PowerShot A490 (115,000 Pixels), 691,000 pixels lower than the Nikon D300S and the Pentax K50 (921,000 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 77, however the Canon PowerShot A490 scored 80, the Nikon D300S scored 83 and the Pentax K50 scored 85.

More Expensive by $66

The Samsung ST90 is $66 more expensive than the Nikon D300S and $66 more expensive than the Pentax K50.

Less Retailers

The Samsung ST90 is only stocked by 1 store, whereas the Pentax K50 is stocked by 4 stores. 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 Over Four Years

The Samsung ST90 is five years older than the Nikon D300S and four months older than the Ricoh CX6.

11 Less Awards

The Samsung ST90 has only received 1 award, whereas the Nikon D300S has received 7 awards, the Pentax K50 has received 12 awards and the Ricoh CX6 has received 2 awards.

Expert Review Rating is Considerably Worse

The Samsung ST90's average expert score is only 68%, however the Canon PowerShot A490's is 69% (based on 12 reviews), the Nikon D300S's is 84% (based on 71 reviews), the Pentax K50's is 86% (based on 71 reviews) and the Ricoh CX6's is 75% (based on 20 reviews).

User Review Rating is Vastly Worse

The Samsung ST90's average user score is only 60%, however the Canon PowerShot A490's is 100% (based on 1 review) and the Nikon D300S's is 96% (based on 782 reviews).

Worse Brand

Samsung digital cameras have an average rating of only 83.7%, whereas Canon has an average rating of 95% and Nikon has an average rating of 91.4%.

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 Pentax K50 = 90%

CNET.co.uk: Samsung ST90 = 50% vs Pentax K50 = 90%

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

$0.00

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 Kagoo Score of 80. With a price tag of $0.00 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:
Tiny optical zoom (3.3x)
640 x 480 pixels video resolution
Built-in flash
Flash exposure lock
Auto Focus (AF) lock

Customers report that this camera has brilliant features, it produces very good images and compact. It's a classic and fully featured 3.3x optical zoom camera, with a low price.

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13 Reviews
83
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Customers report that Canon PowerShot A490 has fantastic user reviews but ok expert reviews with an average overall rating of 79%, based on 13 reviews.

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2 Reasons For for Choosing the Canon PowerShot A490

Moderately Better User Reviews

The Canon PowerShot A490 has an average user review score of 100% based on 1 review, however the Nikon D300S has an average rating of 96% (based on 782 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%, whereas Nikon only has an average rating of 91.4%, Pentax only has an average rating of 82.3%, Ricoh only has an average rating of 75.3% and Samsung only has an average rating of 83.7%.

17 Reasons Against for Choosing the Canon PowerShot A490

70g Heavier

The Canon PowerShot A490 has a weight of 175, but the Nikon D300S is an 840g digital camera (665g heavier), the Pentax K50 is a 660g digital camera (485g 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 does the Ricoh CX6. That's 2.3MP lower than the Nikon D300S (12.3MP), 6.3MP lower than the Pentax K50 (16.3MP) 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), however the Nikon D300S has a 1/1.5 to 1/2" image sensor size. We do not know what type of image sensor size the Pentax K50 have. 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 Canon PowerShot A490 supports a still image resolution of 1600 x 1200, whereas the Pentax K50 supports a still image resolution of 1728 x 1152 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.

20% Smaller Digital Zoom

The Canon PowerShot A490 is a 4 digital zoom digital camera. That's 3x bigger than the Nikon D300S (1x), 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 Canon PowerShot A490 has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels pixels, whereas the Nikon D300S, the Ricoh CX6 and the Samsung ST90 have a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and the Pentax K50 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 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.

0.5" Smaller Display Diagonal

The Canon PowerShot A490 is a 2.5 screen digital camera. That's 0.5" smaller than the Nikon D300S, the Pentax K50 and the Ricoh CX6 (3") and 0.2" smaller than the Samsung ST90 (2.7"). 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 Canon PowerShot A490 is a 115 display resolution digital camera. That's 806,000 pixels lower than the Nikon D300S and the Pentax K50 (921,000 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 number of battery life on the Canon PowerShot A490 is 150, but the Nikon D300S only takes 950 battery life, the Pentax K50 only takes 980 battery life and the Ricoh CX6 only takes 260 battery life. More ...

We do not know the number of battery life taken by the Samsung ST90. It is possible that it does 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 Canon PowerShot A490 has received a Kagoo Score of 80, however the Nikon D300S scored 83 and the Pentax K50 scored 85.

Less Retailers

The Canon PowerShot A490 is only stocked by 1 store, whereas the Pentax K50 is stocked by 4 sellers. 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 Over Five Years

The Canon PowerShot A490 is five years older than the Nikon D300S, one month older than the Pentax K50, nine months older than the Ricoh CX6 and five months older than the Samsung ST90.

Expert Review Rating is Considerably Worse

The Canon PowerShot A490's average expert score is only 69%, however the Nikon D300S's is 84% (based on 71 reviews), the Pentax K50's is 86% (based on 71 reviews) and the Ricoh CX6's is 75% (based on 20 reviews).

Overall Review Rating is Considerably Worse

The Canon PowerShot A490's average overall score is only 79%, however the Nikon D300S's is 92% (based on 853 reviews) and the Pentax K50's is 89% (based on 71 reviews).

6 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score

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

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

CNET.com.au: Canon PowerShot A490 = 70% vs Nikon D300S = 85%

Techradar: Canon PowerShot A490 = 80% vs Nikon D300S = 90%

Betabuzz.de: Canon PowerShot A490 = 62% vs Nikon D300S = 84%

CNET.de: Canon PowerShot A490 = 70% vs Pentax K50 = 85%

Magnus.de: Canon PowerShot A490 = 48% vs Pentax K50 = 74%
Less Fairly Priced

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Canon PowerShot A490 was less fairly priced.

Produces Worse Quality Pictures

On average reviewers thought the Canon PowerShot A490 produces worse quality pictures.

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 $0.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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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 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:
Big optical zoom (10.7x)
Image stabiliser
ok minimum aperture number (3.5)
Built-in flash
HDMI

An award winning and good spec 10.7x optical zoom camera. Our review analysis indicates that this camera has a good picture resolution, good autofocus and it's very compact.

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Reviews
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Features
Good Features
63
Value for Money
Good
73
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Multiple reviews mentioned 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

Bigger Internal Memory

The Ricoh CX6 has an internal memory of 40, but the Samsung ST90 is only 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.

Larger Display Diagonal

Ricoh CX6 is 3 screen (as do the Nikon D300S and the Pentax K50), but the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Samsung ST90 are both 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 do the Nikon D300S and the Pentax K50, however the Canon PowerShot A490 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.

77% Lighter

Ricoh CX6 is 0.2 heavy. That's 0.64kg lighter than the Nikon D300S (0.84kg).

18 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), 660g lighter than the Nikon D300S (840g), 480g lighter than the Pentax K50 (660g) 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 does the Canon PowerShot A490), but the Nikon D300S is a 12.3MP digital camera (2.3MP higher), the Pentax K50 is a 16.3MP digital camera (6.3MP higher) 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, whereas the Nikon D300S has a 1/1.5 to 1/2" image sensor size. We do not know what type of image sensor size the Pentax K50 have. 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 1280 X 960 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), half as high still image resolution as the Pentax K50 (1728 x 1152) 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, whereas the Canon PowerShot A490 is a 4x digital zoom digital camera (0.8x smaller), the Nikon D300S is a 1x digital zoom digital camera (3.8x 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.

48,000 Lower Maximum ISO Sensitivity

The Ricoh CX6 is a 3 maximum ISO speed digital camera, whereas the Nikon D300S is a 6,400 maximum ISO speed digital camera (3,200 higher) and the Pentax K50 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (48,000 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 1280 X 720 Pixels Pixels Video Resolution

The Ricoh CX6 has a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels pixels, and so are the Nikon D300S and the Samsung ST90, which is half as high video resolution as the Pentax K50 (1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 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.

Lower Video Resolution

The best video resolution supported by the Ricoh CX6 is 640 x 480 pixels pixels. However the best video resolution supported by the Nikon D300S and the Samsung ST90 is 1280 x 720 pixels (3 times higher video resolution) and the Pentax K50 is only 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels (7 times higher video resolution). We do not know what types of video resolution the Canon PowerShot A490 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.

720 Less Battery Life

The Ricoh CX6 takes 260 battery life, however the Nikon D300S only takes 950 battery life and the Pentax K50 only takes 980 battery life. More ...

We do not know the number of battery life taken by the Samsung ST90. It is possible that it does 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 only received a Kagoo Score of 73, whereas the Canon PowerShot A490 scored 80, the Nikon D300S scored 83, the Pentax K50 scored 85 and the Samsung ST90 scored 77.

$452 More Expensive

The Ricoh CX6 is more expensive than the Nikon D300S by $452, more expensive than the Pentax K50 by $452 and more expensive than the Samsung ST90 by $386.

Fewer Sellers

Only 1 store sell the Ricoh CX6, but 4 shops sell the Pentax K50. More ...

The smaller the number of stores that stock this digital camera, the lower the competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
Over Four Years Older

The Ricoh CX6 is older than the Nikon D300S by four years.

Fewer Awards

Whilst the Ricoh CX6 has received 2 awards, the Nikon D300S has received 7 awards and the Pentax K50 has received 12 awards.

A Lot Lower Expert Review Score

The average expert rating of the Ricoh CX6 is only 75%, whereas the average expert rating of the Nikon D300S is 84% (based on 71 reviews) and the Pentax K50 is 86% (based on 71 reviews).

A Lot Lower Overall Review Score

The average overall rating of the Ricoh CX6 is only 76%, whereas the average overall rating of the Canon PowerShot A490 is 79% (based on 13 reviews), the Nikon D300S is 92% (based on 853 reviews) and the Pentax K50 is 89% (based on 71 reviews).

Worse Brand

Ricoh digital cameras have an average rating of only 75.3%, but Canon has an average rating of 95%, Nikon has an average rating of 91.4%, Pentax has an average rating of 82.3% and Samsung has an average rating of 83.7%.

8 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score

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

Techradar.com/au/: Ricoh CX6 = 70% vs Pentax K50 = 80%

Techradar: Ricoh CX6 = 70% vs Pentax K50 = 80%

Amateurphotographer.co.uk: Ricoh CX6 = 60% vs Pentax K50 = 85%

What Digital Camera: Ricoh CX6 = 87% vs Pentax K50 = 90%

Trusted Reviews: Ricoh CX6 = 70% vs Nikon D300S = 90%

PhotographyBlog.com: Ricoh CX6 = 80% vs Pentax K50 = 90%

Ephotozine: Ricoh CX6 = 80% vs Pentax K50 = 100%

Chip.de: Ricoh CX6 = 73% vs Pentax K50 = 92%

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