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The overall score is made up of:
(Not in Aus) means the local distributor doesn't offer this camera or camera lens configuration. However, you might be able to buy it from an online store or grey importer.
10% of the overall score
Measured in (mm) is a 35mm equivalent figure. Optical zoom only, because digital zoom simply crops the image (reducing the number of pixels), which results in reduced image quality.
This is the manufacturer's stated minimum aperture range in f-stops , wide to tele.
Measured in megapixels, based on the effective resolution, using a standard that is generally accepted to provide a reasonable indication of the maximum number of pixels the camera uses to create an image.
Body only for system cameras.
Shutter delay when the target is one metre from the camera. The camera is on, but focused at infinity.
Measured in seconds. Liveview allows you to use the monitor as a viewfinder.
This is measured lowest to highest.
Adjustment range in stops.
2 and 10 seconds
Prices are recommended retail, as provided by the manufacturer. When this information is not available the price is taken from an average from major bricks and mortar retailers. In either case you should be able to do substantially better by shopping around.
This is magnification - calculated by dividing the longest zoom setting by the shortest zoom setting.
For fixed-lens cameras the lens is retracted if possible.
When used diving.
Measured from camera off until the first frame is shot.
Shutter delay with the target at 8.5m. The camera is on, but focused at infinity.
Keeps the shutter open for as long as you press the shutter button.
The camera will select the highest shutter speed possible in the conditions.
The camera will prioritise aperture over shutter speed in the conditions.
The number in brackets indicates the number of shots possible before the camera's buffer is full.
The camera takesvone photo at a specified interval for a given period (e.g. one shot per second for 20 minutes).
Proprietary, Bluetooth, infrared etc.
A measure of how many photos you're likely to be able to take with freshly charged or new batteries. This is reported by the camera manufacturer and measured according to the international Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standard for digital camera battery testing.
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