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5 Best Portrait Photography Cameras in the US - March 2021

Matthew
Updated 14 January 2021
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5 best portrait photography cameras 2021

What Portrait Photography Camera to Buy in February 2021?

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Pentax K50 Nikon D300S Samsung MV800 Canon PowerShot A490 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
Pentax K50 Nikon D300S Samsung MV800 Canon PowerShot A490 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
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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
16.15MP
4608 X 3456
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
5x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1280 X 720
PIXELS VIDEO
RESOLUTION
3,200
MAXIMUM ISO
1s
CAMERA
10MP
3648 X 2736
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
3.3x
OPTICAL ZOOM
640 X 480
PIXELS VIDEO
RESOLUTION
175g
12.1MP
4000 X 3000
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
FULL HD VIDEO
RESOLUTION
6,400
MAXIMUM ISO
1s
CAMERA
68
Brand Rating
Good Brand
80
Features
Fully-Featured
65
Value for Money
Good
73
Kagoo Score
Very Good
81
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
83
Features
Fully-Featured
72
Popularity
Quite Popular
73
Value for Money
Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good
72
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
82
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Value for Money
Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good
85
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
85
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent
81
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
82
Features
Fully-Featured
70
Value for Money
Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good
A fully featured but only moderate value for money 660g camera. It does not have an image stabiliser, supports Full HD video, has a built-in flash and is dustproof. A low cost and fully featured 840g digital camera. It has a built-in flash and an HDMI, does not have an image stabiliser and supports Wi-Fi. A fully featured and low cost 5x optical zoom digital camera. It has an image stabiliser, a touchscreen and a built-in flash and is 3D. A fully featured and good value for money 3.3x optical zoom camera. A good value for money and fully featured 386.1g camera. It has an image stabiliser and a touchscreen, is 3D and supports Full HD video.
Pentax K50 size in context Nikon D300S size in context Canon PowerShot A490 size in context
7 Reasons For
28% Higher Megapixels
Dustproof
Full HD Video
1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels Pixels Video Resolution
0.5" Larger Display Diagonal
HDMI
980 Battery Life
6 Reasons For
Bigger Image Sensor Size
15% Larger Display Diagonal
HDMI
Wi-Fi
More Shops Are Selling It
Two Months Newer
9 Reasons For
Hugely Lighter
4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution
4608 X 3456 Pixels Pixels Image Resolution
Bigger Digital Zoom
0.5" Larger Display Diagonal
Touchscreen
HDMI
3D
0.72kg Lighter
2 Reasons For
Better Kagoo Score
Better Brand
9 Reasons For
Full HD Video
Higher Video Resolution
1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels Pixels Video Resolution
15% Larger Display Diagonal
Touchscreen
HDMI
3D
14x Higher Maximum Playback Zoom
Multi Burst Mode
7 Reasons Against
A Lot Heavier
Lower Still Image Resolution
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $534
Less Retailers
Older by Over Five Years
Worse Brand
14 Reasons Against
Heavier
25% Lower Megapixels
Half As High Still Image Resolution
4x Smaller Digital Zoom
Lower Maximum ISO Sensitivity
Does Not Support Full HD Video
Half As High Video Resolution
Only 1280 X 720 Pixels Pixels Video Resolution
Does Not Have a GPS
30 Less Battery Life
47% Heavier
Worse Kagoo Score
$269 More Expensive
Worse Brand
13 Reasons Against
1% Lower Megapixels
Vastly Lower Maximum ISO Sensitivity
Lower Video Resolution
Half As High Video Resolution
Lower Display Resolution
Does Not Have a GPS
Does Not Support Wi-Fi
Does Not Feature Bluetooth
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $90
Less Retailers
Older by Two Months
Worse Brand
13 Reasons Against
54g Heavier
6.3MP Lower Megapixels
Smaller Image Sensor Size
Half As High Still Image Resolution
Lower Image Resolution
Smaller Digital Zoom
7 Times Lower Video Resolution
17% Smaller Display Diagonal
806,000 Pixels Lower Display Resolution
14x Lower Maximum Playback Zoom
830 Less Battery Life
Not As Many Stockists
Over Five Years Older
15 Reasons Against
41% Heavier
4.2MP Lower Megapixels
Smaller Image Sensor Size
Lower Still Image Resolution
Lower Image Resolution
Not Waterproof
Smaller Digital Zoom
Lower Maximum ISO Sensitivity
461,000 Pixels Lower Display Resolution
660 Less Battery Life
Worse Kagoo Score
$398 More Expensive
Not As Many Stockists
Over Three Years Older
Worse Brand
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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 73. However with a price tag of $663.99 this digital camera is a bit expensive. 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 but only moderate value for money 660g camera. It does not have an image stabiliser, supports Full HD video, has a built-in flash and is dustproof.

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Features
Fully-Featured
65
Value for Money
Good
73
Kagoo Score
Very Good
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7 Reasons For for Choosing the Pentax K50

28% Higher Megapixels

The Pentax K50 is a 16.3MP digital camera. That's 6.3MP higher than the Canon PowerShot A490 (10MP), 4.2MP higher than the Nikon D300S and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 (12.1MP) and 0.15MP higher than the Samsung MV800 (16.15MP). 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 a dustproof digital camera, but the Canon PowerShot A490, the Nikon D300S, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 and the Samsung MV800 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 (as does the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2), but the Canon PowerShot A490, the Nikon D300S and the Samsung MV800 do not 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.

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 (as is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2), whereas the Canon PowerShot A490 only has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels and the Nikon D300S and the Samsung MV800 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.

0.5" Larger Display Diagonal

The Pentax K50 is a 3" screen digital camera, and so do the Nikon D300S, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 and the Samsung MV800. That's 0.5" larger than the Canon PowerShot A490 (2.5"). 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 (as do the Nikon D300S, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 and the Samsung MV800), but the Canon PowerShot A490 does 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.

980 Battery Life

The number of battery life on the Pentax K50 is 980, but the Canon PowerShot A490 only takes 150 battery life, the Nikon D300S only takes 950 battery life and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 only takes 320 battery life. More ...

We do not know the number of battery life taken by the Samsung MV800. 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.

7 Reasons Against for Choosing the Pentax K50

A Lot Heavier

The Pentax K50 has a weight of 660g, but the Canon PowerShot A490 is a 175g digital camera (485g lighter), the Nikon D300S is an 840g digital camera (180g heavier), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is a 386.1g digital camera (273.9g lighter) and the Samsung MV800 is a 121g digital camera (539g 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 Still Image Resolution

The Pentax K50 supports a still image resolution of 3936 x 2624, whereas the Nikon D300S supports a still image resolution of 3216 x 3216, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 supports a still image resolution of 4000 x 3000 and the Samsung MV800 supports a still image resolution of 4608 x 3456. 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.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Pentax K50 has received a Kagoo Score of 73, however the Canon PowerShot A490 scored 82, the Nikon D300S scored 79, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 scored 77 and the Samsung MV800 scored 77.

More Expensive by $534

The Pentax K50 is $534 more expensive than the Canon PowerShot A490, $265 more expensive than the Nikon D300S, $136 more expensive than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 and $444 more expensive than the Samsung MV800.

Less Retailers

The Pentax K50 is only stocked by 1 retailer, whereas the Nikon D300S is stocked by 2 stores. 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.
Older by Over Five Years

The Pentax K50 is five years older than the Nikon D300S, 23 months older than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 and five years older than the Samsung MV800.

Worse Brand

Pentax digital cameras have an average rating of only 80.2%, whereas Canon has an average rating of 95%, Nikon has an average rating of 90.3%, Panasonic has an average rating of 87.2% and Samsung has an average rating of 82.8%.

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

Pentax K50 front view

The cheapest price that we could find for the K50 in the US is $663.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Nikon D300S

$399.00
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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 79. With a price tag of $399.00 this digital camera is fair 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 low cost and fully featured 840g digital camera. It has a built-in flash and an HDMI, does not have an image stabiliser and supports Wi-Fi.

83
Features
Fully-Featured
72
Popularity
Quite Popular
73
Value for Money
Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good

6 Reasons For for Choosing the Nikon D300S

Bigger Image Sensor Size

The Nikon D300S has a 1/1.5 to 1/2" (1/1.6)" image sensor size, but the Canon PowerShot A490 only has a 1/2 to 1/2.5" image sensor size and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 only has a 1/2.5 to 1/3" image sensor size. We do not know what type of image sensor size the Pentax K50 and the Samsung MV800 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.

15% Larger Display Diagonal

The Nikon D300S has a display diagonal of 3" (as do the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2, the Pentax K50 and the Samsung MV800), however the Canon PowerShot A490 is only a 2.5" screen digital camera (0.5" 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 Nikon D300S has an HDMI, and so do the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2, the Pentax K50 and the Samsung MV800, whereas the Canon PowerShot A490 does 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.

Wi-Fi

The Nikon D300S supports Wi-Fi, but the Canon PowerShot A490, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2, the Pentax K50 and the Samsung MV800 do not. 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.

More Shops Are Selling It

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

Two Months Newer

The Nikon D300S was released five years ago, but the Canon PowerShot A490 was released 10 years ago, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 was released eight years ago, the Pentax K50 was released 10 years ago and the Samsung MV800 was released five years ago

14 Reasons Against for Choosing the Nikon D300S

Heavier

The Nikon D300S is an 840g digital camera. That's 665g heavier than the Canon PowerShot A490 (175g), 453.9g heavier than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 (386.1g), 180g heavier than the Pentax K50 (660g) and 719g heavier than the Samsung MV800 (121g). 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.

25% Lower Megapixels

The Nikon D300S has a megapixels of 12.3MP, however the Canon PowerShot A490 is a 10MP digital camera (2.3MP lower), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is a 12.1MP digital camera (0.2MP lower) and the Pentax K50 and the Samsung MV800 are both 16.15MP digital cameras (3.85MP 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.

Half As High Still Image Resolution

The Nikon D300S supports a still image resolution of 3216 x 3216, which is half as high still image resolution as the Samsung MV800 (4608 x 3456). 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.

4x Smaller Digital Zoom

The Nikon D300S has a digital zoom of 1x, but the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 are both 4x digital zoom digital cameras (3x bigger) and the Samsung MV800 is a 5x digital zoom digital camera (4x 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

Nikon D300S is only 6 maximum ISO speed (as does the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2), but the Pentax K50 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (44,800 higher) and the Samsung MV800 is a 3,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (3,200 lower). 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, however the Canon PowerShot A490, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2, the Pentax K50 and the Samsung MV800 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.

Half As High Video Resolution

The Nikon D300S has a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels pixels, and so is the Samsung MV800, which is half as high video resolution as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 and 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.

Only 1280 X 720 Pixels Pixels Video Resolution

The best video resolution supported by the Nikon D300S is 1280 x 720 pixels pixels which is also supported by the Samsung MV800. Whereas the best video resolution supported by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 and 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.

Does Not Have a GPS

The Nikon D300S does not have a GPS (As does the the Samsung MV800), but the Canon PowerShot A490, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 and the Pentax K50 do. 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.

30 Less Battery Life

The Nikon D300S is a digital camera that takes 950 battery life, whereas the Pentax K50 only takes 980 battery life. More ...

We do not know the number of battery life taken by the Samsung MV800. 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.

47% Heavier

The Nikon D300S has a weight of 0.84kg. That's 0.72kg heavier than the Samsung MV800 (0.12kg).

Worse Kagoo Score

The Nikon D300S has received a Kagoo Score of 79, but the Canon PowerShot A490 scored 82.

$269 More Expensive

The Nikon D300S is more expensive than the Canon PowerShot A490 by $269 and more expensive than the Samsung MV800 by $179.

Worse Brand

Nikon digital cameras have an average rating of only 90.3%, however Canon has an average rating of 95%.

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

Nikon D300S front view

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Samsung MV800

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Samsung MV800
16.15MP
4608 X 3456
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
5x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1280 X 720
PIXELS VIDEO
RESOLUTION
3,200
MAXIMUM ISO
1s
CAMERA
3.3
MINIMUM
121g
5x
DIGITAL ZOOM
3"
SCREEN

The Samsung MV800 has a Kagoo Score of 77. With a price tag of $219.99 this digital camera is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Samsung MV800 or read our article on whether you should buy a Samsung digital camera.

Features We Love:
High megapixels (16.15MP)
ok optical zoom (5x)
Image stabiliser
ok minimum aperture number (3.3)
Touchscreen

A fully featured and low cost 5x optical zoom digital camera. It has an image stabiliser, a touchscreen and a built-in flash and is 3D.

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Features
Fully-Featured
74
Value for Money
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Kagoo Score
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9 Reasons For for Choosing the Samsung MV800

Hugely Lighter

The Samsung MV800 has a weight of 121g, but the Canon PowerShot A490 is a 175g digital camera (54g heavier), the Nikon D300S is an 840g digital camera (719g heavier), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is a 386.1g digital camera (265.1g heavier) and the Pentax K50 is a 660g digital camera (539g 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.

4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Samsung MV800 supports a still image resolution of 4608 x 3456, whereas the Canon PowerShot A490 supports a still image resolution of 3648 x 2736, the Nikon D300S supports a still image resolution of 3216 x 3216, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 supports a still image resolution of 4000 x 3000 and the Pentax K50 supports a still image resolution of 3936 x 2624. 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.

4608 X 3456 Pixels Pixels Image Resolution

The Samsung MV800 has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels pixels, but the Canon PowerShot A490 only has a maximum image resolution of 3648 x 2736 pixels and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 only has a maximum image resolution of 4000 x 3000 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.

Bigger Digital Zoom

The Samsung MV800 is a 5x digital zoom digital camera. That's 1x bigger than the Canon PowerShot A490 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 (4x) 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.

0.5" Larger Display Diagonal

The Samsung MV800 is a 3" screen digital camera, and so do the Nikon D300S, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 and the Pentax K50. That's 0.5" larger than the Canon PowerShot A490 (2.5"). 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.

Touchscreen

The Samsung MV800 has a touchscreen, and so does the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2, however the Canon PowerShot A490, the Nikon D300S and the Pentax K50 do not. More ...

On a camera, this means that the digital display on the back of the camera is touch-sensitive, rather than relying on buttons.

Touchscreens are easier and more intuitive to control.

HDMI

The Samsung MV800 has an HDMI (as do the Nikon D300S, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 and the Pentax K50), but the Canon PowerShot A490 does 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.

3D

The Samsung MV800 is a 3D digital camera (as is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2), whereas the Canon PowerShot A490, the Nikon D300S and the Pentax K50 are not. More ...

3D compatible cameras can take 3D photos with varying degrees of success. Cameras with 2 lenses will generally be able to capture the best 3D pictures.

3D pictures allow you to capture the feel of a place better than a 2D picture could. However you will need a 3D compatible screen to appreciate the results.

0.72kg Lighter

The Samsung MV800 is a 0.12kg heavy digital camera, whereas the Nikon D300S is a 0.84kg heavy digital camera (0.72kg heavier).

13 Reasons Against for Choosing the Samsung MV800

1% Lower Megapixels

The Samsung MV800 is a 16.15MP digital camera. That's 6.15MP higher than the Canon PowerShot A490 (10MP), 4.05MP higher than the Nikon D300S and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 (12.1MP) and 0.15MP 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.

Vastly Lower Maximum ISO Sensitivity

The Samsung MV800 has a maximum ISO sensitivity of 3. That's 3,200 lower than the Nikon D300S and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 (6,400) and 48,000 lower than the Pentax K50 (51,200). 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.

Lower Video Resolution

The Samsung MV800 has a maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels pixels (as is the Nikon D300S), whereas the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 and the Pentax K50 have 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 MV800 is 1280 x 720 pixels pixels which is also supported by the Nikon D300S. But the best video resolution supported by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 and 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 MV800 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.

Lower Display Resolution

The Samsung MV800 is a 288 pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 173,000 pixels higher than the Canon PowerShot A490 (115,000 Pixels), 633,000 pixels lower than the Nikon D300S and the Pentax K50 (921,000 Pixels) and 172,000 pixels lower than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 (460,000 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 Samsung MV800 does not have a GPS (As does the the Nikon D300S), however the Canon PowerShot A490, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 and the Pentax K50 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.

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Samsung MV800 does not support Wi-Fi, but the Canon PowerShot A490, the Nikon D300S, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 and the Pentax K50 do. 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.

Does Not Feature Bluetooth

The Samsung MV800 does not feature bluetooth, whereas the Canon PowerShot A490, the Nikon D300S, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 and the Pentax K50 do. More ...

Bluetooth is a communication standard used to wirelessly transfer data between devices. In a digital camera, it is used to send photos between the camera and mobile phones and tablets, or to control external peripherals (such as flashes).

Bluetooth is a necessity to use certain modern camera peripherals, so without this tech you will be limited with what extras you can use.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Samsung MV800 has received a Kagoo Score of 77, however the Canon PowerShot A490 scored 82 and the Nikon D300S scored 79.

More Expensive by $90

The Samsung MV800 is $90 more expensive than the Canon PowerShot A490.

Less Retailers

The Samsung MV800 is only stocked by 1 store, whereas the Nikon D300S is stocked by 2 stores. 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.
Older by Two Months

The Samsung MV800 is two months older than the Nikon D300S.

Worse Brand

Samsung digital cameras have an average rating of only 82.8%, whereas Canon has an average rating of 95%, Nikon has an average rating of 90.3% and Panasonic has an average rating of 87.2%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the MV800 in the US is $219.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Canon PowerShot A490

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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 82. 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:
Tiny optical zoom (3.3x)
640 x 480 pixels video resolution
Built-in flash
Flash exposure lock
Auto Focus (AF) lock

A fully featured and good value for money 3.3x optical zoom camera.

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Features
Fully-Featured
82
Value for Money
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82
Kagoo Score
Excellent
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2 Reasons For for Choosing the Canon PowerShot A490

Better Kagoo Score

The Canon PowerShot A490 has received a Kagoo Score of 82, but the Nikon D300S scored 79, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 scored 77, the Pentax K50 scored 73 and the Samsung MV800 scored 77.

Better Brand

Canon digital cameras have an average rating of 95%, however Nikon only has an average rating of 90.3%, Panasonic only has an average rating of 87.2%, Pentax only has an average rating of 80.2% and Samsung only has an average rating of 82.8%.

13 Reasons Against for Choosing the Canon PowerShot A490

54g Heavier

The Canon PowerShot A490 is a 175g digital camera. That's 665g lighter than the Nikon D300S (840g), 211.1g lighter than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 (386.1g), 485g lighter than the Pentax K50 (660g) and 54g heavier than the Samsung MV800 (121g). 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.

6.3MP Lower Megapixels

The Canon PowerShot A490 has a megapixels of 10MP, however the Nikon D300S and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 are both 12.1MP digital cameras (2.1MP higher) and the Pentax K50 and the Samsung MV800 are both 16.15MP digital cameras (6.15MP 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 Canon PowerShot A490 has a 1/2 to 1/2.5" (1/2.3)" image sensor size, but 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 and the Samsung MV800 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.

Half As High Still Image Resolution

The Canon PowerShot A490 supports a still image resolution of 3648 x 2736, which is half as high still image resolution as the Samsung MV800 (4608 x 3456). 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.

Lower Image Resolution

The Canon PowerShot A490 has a maximum image resolution of 3648 x 2736 pixels pixels, which is half as high image resolution as the Samsung MV800 (4608 x 3456 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.

Smaller Digital Zoom

The Canon PowerShot A490 has a digital zoom of 4x (as does the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2), but the Nikon D300S is a 1x digital zoom digital camera (3x smaller) and the Samsung MV800 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.

7 Times Lower Video Resolution

The Canon PowerShot A490 has a maximum video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels pixels, which is 3 times lower video resolution as the Nikon D300S and the Samsung MV800 (1280 x 720 pixels) and 7 times lower video resolution as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 and 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.

17% Smaller Display Diagonal

The Canon PowerShot A490 has a display diagonal of 2.5", however the Nikon D300S, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2, the Pentax K50 and the Samsung MV800 are all 3" screen digital cameras (0.5" larger). 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.

806,000 Pixels Lower Display Resolution

The Canon PowerShot A490 has a display resolution of 115 pixels, whereas the Nikon D300S and the Pentax K50 are both 921,000 Pixels display resolution digital cameras (806,000 pixels higher), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is a 460,000 Pixels display resolution digital camera (345,000 pixels higher) and the Samsung MV800 is a 288,000 Pixels display resolution digital camera (173,000 pixels higher). 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.

14x Lower Maximum Playback Zoom

The Canon PowerShot A490 has a maximum playback zoom of 2x, but the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is a 16x maximum playback zoom digital camera (14x higher). More ...

The 'playback zoom' attribute denotes how much you can enlarge photos and videos when viewing them on the cameras digital screen.

A larger playback zoom allows you to zoom in closer on details of your shots, allowing you to better analyse them and pick out any faults or issues before you transfer them to a computer.

830 Less Battery Life

The Canon PowerShot A490 is a digital camera that takes 150 battery life, whereas the Nikon D300S only takes 950 battery life, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 only takes 320 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 MV800. 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.

Not As Many Stockists

Only 1 seller sell the Canon PowerShot A490, however 2 stores sell the Nikon D300S. More ...

Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Over Five Years Older

The Canon PowerShot A490 is older than the Nikon D300S by five years, older than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 by two years, older than the Pentax K50 by one month and older than the Samsung MV800 by five years.

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

Canon PowerShot A490 front view

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
12.1MP
4000 X 3000
PIXELS IMAGE
RESOLUTION
FULL HD VIDEO
RESOLUTION
6,400
MAXIMUM ISO
1s
CAMERA
386.1g
4x
DIGITAL ZOOM
3"
SCREEN

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has a Kagoo Score of 77. However with a price tag of $527.99 this digital camera is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 or read our article on whether you should buy a Panasonic digital camera.

Features We Love:
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels video resolution (1920x1080 pixels)
Image stabiliser
Very short camera shutter speed (1/4000s)
3D
Touchscreen

A good value for money and fully featured 386.1g camera. It has an image stabiliser and a touchscreen, is 3D and supports Full HD video.

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Features
Fully-Featured
70
Value for Money
Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good

9 Reasons For for Choosing the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Full HD Video

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 supports Full HD video, and so does the Pentax K50, whereas the Canon PowerShot A490, the Nikon D300S and the Samsung MV800 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.

Higher Video Resolution

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels pixels, and so is the Pentax K50, 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 and the Samsung MV800 (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.

1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels Pixels Video Resolution

The best video resolution supported by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels pixels which is also supported by the Pentax K50. Whereas the best video resolution supported by the Nikon D300S and the Samsung MV800 is 1280 x 720 pixels (half as high video resolution). We do not know what types of video resolution the Canon PowerShot A490 support. More ...

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 also supports 1280 x 720 pixels, 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.

15% Larger Display Diagonal

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has a display diagonal of 3" (as do the Nikon D300S, the Pentax K50 and the Samsung MV800), however the Canon PowerShot A490 is only a 2.5" screen digital camera (0.5" 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.

Touchscreen

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has a touchscreen (as does the Samsung MV800), but the Canon PowerShot A490, the Nikon D300S and the Pentax K50 do not have this feature. More ...

On a camera, this means that the digital display on the back of the camera is touch-sensitive, rather than relying on buttons.

Touchscreens are easier and more intuitive to control.

HDMI

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has an HDMI, and so do the Nikon D300S, the Pentax K50 and the Samsung MV800, whereas the Canon PowerShot A490 does 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.

3D

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is 3D, and so is the Samsung MV800, however the Canon PowerShot A490, the Nikon D300S and the Pentax K50 are not. More ...

3D compatible cameras can take 3D photos with varying degrees of success. Cameras with 2 lenses will generally be able to capture the best 3D pictures.

3D pictures allow you to capture the feel of a place better than a 2D picture could. However you will need a 3D compatible screen to appreciate the results.

14x Higher Maximum Playback Zoom

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has a maximum playback zoom of 16x, but the Canon PowerShot A490 is only a 2x maximum playback zoom digital camera (14x lower). More ...

The 'playback zoom' attribute denotes how much you can enlarge photos and videos when viewing them on the cameras digital screen.

A larger playback zoom allows you to zoom in closer on details of your shots, allowing you to better analyse them and pick out any faults or issues before you transfer them to a computer.

Multi Burst Mode

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 features multi burst mode, whereas the Canon PowerShot A490, the Nikon D300S, the Pentax K50 and the Samsung MV800 do not. More ...

'Multi burst mode' is a special setting on a digital camera to allow it to take multiple photos in very quick succession at a single button press.

Burst mode is very helpful for sports photography, or any time where you are trying to capture a fast-moving subject.

15 Reasons Against for Choosing the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

41% Heavier

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is a 386.1g digital camera. That's 211.1g heavier than the Canon PowerShot A490 (175g), 453.9g lighter than the Nikon D300S (840g), 273.9g lighter than the Pentax K50 (660g) and 265.1g heavier than the Samsung MV800 (121g). 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.

4.2MP Lower Megapixels

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has a megapixels of 12.1MP, however the Canon PowerShot A490 is a 10MP digital camera (2.1MP lower), the Nikon D300S is a 12.3MP digital camera (0.2MP higher) and the Pentax K50 and the Samsung MV800 are both 16.15MP digital cameras (4.05MP 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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has a 1/2.5 to 1/3" (1/2.5)" image sensor size, but the Canon PowerShot A490 has a 1/2 to 1/2.5" image sensor size and 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 and the Samsung MV800 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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 supports a still image resolution of 4000 x 3000, however the Samsung MV800 supports a still image resolution of 4608 x 3456. 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.

Lower Image Resolution

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has a maximum image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels pixels, whereas the Samsung MV800 has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 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.

Not Waterproof

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is not waterproof, whereas the Canon PowerShot A490, the Nikon D300S, the Pentax K50 and the Samsung MV800 are. More ...

Waterproof compacts or tough / rugged compacts allow you to take shots in all sorts of weather conditions and even take your camera snorkelling with you. Make sure to check the depth the camera can be used to if you intend to use it underwater at greater depths of for extended periods of time.

Waterproof compacts or tough / rugged compacts allow you to take shots in all sorts of weather conditions and even take your camera snorkelling with you.

Smaller Digital Zoom

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has a digital zoom of 4x (as does the Canon PowerShot A490), but the Nikon D300S is a 1x digital zoom digital camera (3x smaller) and the Samsung MV800 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.

Lower Maximum ISO Sensitivity

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is only 6 maximum ISO speed (as does the Nikon D300S), but the Pentax K50 is a 51,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (44,800 higher) and the Samsung MV800 is a 3,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera (3,200 lower). 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.

461,000 Pixels Lower Display Resolution

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has a display resolution of 460 pixels, whereas the Canon PowerShot A490 is a 115,000 Pixels display resolution digital camera (345,000 pixels lower), the Nikon D300S and the Pentax K50 are both 921,000 Pixels display resolution digital cameras (461,000 pixels higher) and the Samsung MV800 is a 288,000 Pixels display resolution digital camera (172,000 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.

660 Less Battery Life

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is a digital camera that takes 320 battery life, whereas 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 MV800. 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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 has received a Kagoo Score of 77, but the Canon PowerShot A490 scored 82 and the Nikon D300S scored 79.

$398 More Expensive

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is more expensive than the Canon PowerShot A490 by $398, more expensive than the Nikon D300S by $129 and more expensive than the Samsung MV800 by $308.

Not As Many Stockists

Only 1 seller sell the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2, however 2 sellers sell the Nikon D300S. More ...

Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the chances of this digital camera remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product.
Over Three Years Older

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is older than the Nikon D300S by three years and older than the Samsung MV800 by three years.

Worse Brand

Panasonic digital cameras have an average rating of only 87.2%, however Canon has an average rating of 95% and Nikon has an average rating of 90.3%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the Lumix DMC-GF2 in the US is $527.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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