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Lytro Illum vs Nikon Coolpix S9700

Lytro Illum vs Nikon Coolpix S9700

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Lytro Illum
Nikon Coolpix S9700

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Reasons For

3 Reasons For
Significantly smaller minimum aperture number Edit
The Lytro Illum is a 2 minimum aperture digital camera, whereas the Nikon Coolpix S9700 is a 3.7 minimum aperture digital camera (1.7 larger). Read more

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the camera lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camera's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a smaller aperture number translates to a larger hole, therefore a larger amount of light will be let through.

A smaller aperture number means that the camera's lens will be able to open wider, letting in more light at once. This is helpful because it allows the camera to quickly take in enough light to form a picture, meaning that the shutter speed will be faster, reducing blur from fast moving subjects. It also means that you can take photos in dimmer light without having to rely on the flash, since you will be able to take in more light at once.

Larger display diagonal Edit
Lytro Illum is 4"" screen. That's 1" larger than the Nikon Coolpix S9700 (3""). Read more

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

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

Higher display resolution Edit
The Lytro Illum is a 384,000 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 368 pixels higher than the Nikon Coolpix S9700 (16,000,000 pixels pixels). Read 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.

8 Reasons For
Higher megapixels Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 is a 16MPMP digital camera. That's 5MP higher than the Lytro Illum (16MPMP). Read more

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

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

Larger maximum aperture number Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 is a 6.4 maximum aperture digital camera. That's 4.4 larger than the Lytro Illum (6.4). Read more

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the camera lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camera's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a larger aperture number translates to a smaller hole, therefore a smaller amount of light will be let through.

A larger aperture number means that the camera's lens will be able to close to a very small hole, letting in very little light. This can be used for very tight depths of field shots, allowing on a single part of the photo to be in full focus, leading to some very nice artistic shots.

500mm longer maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
Nikon Coolpix S9700 is 750mmmm maximum focal length, but the Lytro Illum is only a 250mmmm maximum focal length digital camera (500mm shorter). Read more

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the camera lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore greater focal lengths mean that the camera has the ability to zoom in closer to a subject.

A longer maximum focal length means that the camera is capable of zooming in a much greater distance, allowing you to clearly photograph subjects further away.

20% shorter minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 has a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 25mmmm. That's 5mm shorter than the Lytro Illum (25mmmm). Read more

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the camera lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore smaller focal lengths mean that the camera has the ability to zoom out further to take in more of the scene at once.

A smaller minimum focal length means that the camera can take in more of the scene at once, allowing for wide landscape shots.

Higher ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 has an ISO sensitivity (max) of 6,400. That's 3 higher than the Lytro Illum (6,400). Read 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.

Five more awards
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 has 6 awards from expert review sites, whereas the Lytro Illum has 1 award.
Better expert reviews
The average expert review score of the Nikon Coolpix S9700 is 74% based on 28 reviews, however the average rating of the Lytro Illum is 68% (based on 45 reviews).
Better user reviews
The average user review score of the Nikon Coolpix S9700 is 86% based on 112 reviews, however the average rating of the Lytro Illum is 79% (based on 38 reviews).

Reasons Against

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

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

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

4.4 smaller maximum aperture number Edit
Lytro Illum is only 2 maximum aperture. That's 4.4 smaller than the Nikon Coolpix S9700 (6.4). Read more

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the camera lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camera's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a larger aperture number translates to a smaller hole, therefore a smaller amount of light will be let through.

A larger aperture number means that the camera's lens will be able to close to a very small hole, letting in very little light. This can be used for very tight depths of field shots, allowing on a single part of the photo to be in full focus, leading to some very nice artistic shots.

2x shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Lytro Illum has a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of 250mmmm, however the Nikon Coolpix S9700 is a 750mmmm maximum focal length digital camera (500mm longer). Read more

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the camera lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore greater focal lengths mean that the camera has the ability to zoom in closer to a subject.

A longer maximum focal length means that the camera is capable of zooming in a much greater distance, allowing you to clearly photograph subjects further away.

5mm longer minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) Edit
The Lytro Illum is a 30mmmm minimum focal length digital camera. That's 5mm longer than the Nikon Coolpix S9700 (25mmmm). Read more

'Focal length' is described as the distance between the camera lens and the image sensor - this distance is what determined how 'zoomed in' a shot is when compared to the original view from your eye. Therefore smaller focal lengths mean that the camera has the ability to zoom out further to take in more of the scene at once.

A smaller minimum focal length means that the camera can take in more of the scene at once, allowing for wide landscape shots.

3 lower ISO sensitivity (max) Edit
The Lytro Illum is a 3,200 maximum ISO speed digital camera. That's 3 lower than the Nikon Coolpix S9700 (6,400). Read 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.

Five less awards
The Lytro Illum has only received 1 award, but the Nikon Coolpix S9700 has received 6 awards.
Expert review Rating is Worse
The average expert rating of the Lytro Illum is only 68%, whereas the average expert rating of the Nikon Coolpix S9700 is 74% (based on 28 reviews).
User review Rating is Worse
The average user rating of the Lytro Illum is only 79%, whereas the average user rating of the Nikon Coolpix S9700 is 86% (based on 112 reviews).
4 Reasons Against
A lot larger minimum aperture number Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 has a minimum aperture number of 3.7, however the Lytro Illum is a 2 minimum aperture digital camera (1.7 smaller). Read more

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the camera lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camera's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a smaller aperture number translates to a larger hole, therefore a larger amount of light will be let through.

A smaller aperture number means that the camera's lens will be able to open wider, letting in more light at once. This is helpful because it allows the camera to quickly take in enough light to form a picture, meaning that the shutter speed will be faster, reducing blur from fast moving subjects. It also means that you can take photos in dimmer light without having to rely on the flash, since you will be able to take in more light at once.

34% smaller display diagonal Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 is a 3"" screen digital camera. That's 1" smaller than the Lytro Illum (3""). Read more

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

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

368 pixels lower display resolution Edit
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 is a 16,000,000 pixels pixels display resolution digital camera. That's 368 pixels lower than the Lytro Illum (16,000,000 pixels pixels). Read 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.

Older by nine months
The Nikon Coolpix S9700 is nine months older than the Lytro Illum.

Awards

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

Average Expert Rating

Average User Rating

Date Released

24 months Ago 33 months Ago

Picture Quality

Camera Type
 compact
 compact
Megapixels
11MP 16MP
BEST
Image Sensor Size
1" 1"
Still Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2448
 2272 x 1704
 1600 x 1200
 640 x 480
 4608 x 3456
 3456 x 3456
 4608 x 2592
 3264 x 2448
 2272 x 1704
 1600 x 1200
 640 x 480
BEST
Maximum Image Resolution
 4608 x 3456
 4608 x 3456
BEST
Sensor Type
 CMOS
 CMOS
Image Formats Supported
 RAW
 JPG
BEST
 RAW
 JPG
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Total Megapixels
Unknown - Click to provide data 16.79MP

Design

Material
 Aluminium
 Magnesium
 Aluminium
 Magnesium
Colour
 Black
 Black

Lens System

Optical Zoom
8x
BEST
30x
Digital Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 4x
Minimum Aperture Number
2
BEST
3.7
Maximum Aperture Number
2 6.4
BEST
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
250mm 750mm
BEST
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
30mm 25mm
BEST
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Extra/Smart Zoom
Unknown - Click to provide data 60x
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Unknown - Click to provide data

Focusing

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

Light Exposure

Light Exposure Modes
 shutter priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Shutter priori
 aperture priority
 Aperture priority AE
 aperture priori
 shutter priority
 Auto
 Manual
 Shutter priority AE
 Shutter priori
 aperture priority
 Aperture priority AE
 aperture priori
ISO Sensitivity (max)
3,200 6,400
BEST
ISO Sensitivity (min)
80
BEST
125
Light Metering
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Spot
 evaluative
 Multi-pattern
 Centre-weighted
 Matrix
 Evaluative (Multi-pattern)
 Spot
 evaluative
 Multi-pattern
 Centre-weighted
 Matrix
Light Exposure Correction
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
 ± 2EV (1/3EV step)
BEST
Light Exposure Control
 Program AE
 Program
 Program AE
 Program

Shutter

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

Flash

Flash Modes
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
 Auto
 Flash on
 Flash off
 Red-eye reduction
Flash Sync-Speed
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Range (tele)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Flash Range (wide)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Shoe Mounting Point Type
 Hot
 Hot

Video

Maximum Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1920 x 1080
BEST
Video Resolution
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
 1920 x 1080
 1280 x 720
 640 x 480
 320 x 240
BEST
Video Formats Supported
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MPEG-4
 MOV
 MPEG
 MPEG4
 H.264
 AVC
 MPEG-4
BEST
HD Type
 Not supported
 Full HD
 HD
 Not supported
 Full HD
 HD

Audio

Audio Formats Supported
 WAV
 LPCM
 PCM
 .wav
 WAV
 LPCM
 PCM
 .wav
BEST

Memory

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

Display

Display Diagonal
4"
BEST
3"
Field of View
Unknown - Click to provide data 100%
Display Resolution
384,000 pixels
BEST
16,000,000 pixels
Display Resolution
 480 x 800
BEST
 480 x 800
Display
 OLED
 OLED
BEST

Ports & Interfaces

HDMI Connector Type
 Micro
 Micro
USB Connector
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B
 Micro-USB
 Micro-USB B

Camera

White Balance
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
 Auto
 Fluorescent
 Cloudy
 Daylight
 Incandescent
 Flash
Shooting Modes
 Auto
 Movie
 Manual
 Mo
 Auto
 Movie
 Manual
 Mo
Photo Effects
 Neutral
 Neutral
Self-Timer Delay
Unknown - Click to provide data
Camera File System
 RAW
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
 RAW
 Exif 2.3
 DCF
 DPOF
 Exif
Built-In Processor
Unknown - Click to provide data
Scene Modes
 3D Photography
 3D Photography
Languages Support
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 JPN
 DE
 EN
 FR
 R
 JP
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 BUL
 SER
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 FIN
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 Multi
 ES
 FI
 IT
 NO
 RU
 SE
 CHI
 I
 K
 PL
 SP
 SW
 TR
 ENG
 FRE
 DEU
 JPN
 DE
 EN
 FR
 R
 JP
 DAN
 DUT
 ARA
 GRE
 BUL
 SER
 CZE
 UKR
 THA
 NOR
 RUS
 FIN
 ITA
 POL
 POR
 ESP
 SWE
 TUR
 HUN
 KOR
 RUM
 CHI (TR)
 CHI (SIMPL)
 Multi
 ES
 FI
 IT
 NO
 RU
 SE
 CHI
 I
 K
 PL
 SP
 SW
 TR

Weight & Dimensions

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

Battery

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

Operational Conditions

Storage Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Unknown - Click to provide data

System Requirements

Minimum RAM
4.1GB Unknown - Click to provide data

Packaging Content

Bundled Software
Unknown - Click to provide data
Cables Included
 USB
 Micro-USB
 micro USB
 USB
 Micro-USB
 micro USB

Other Features

Camera Shutter Speed

Technical Details

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

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