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Old Aug 14, 2002, 4:19 PM   #1
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Default S40 vs. Sony DSC-P9

I have the Sony P50 (2MP) and want to upgrade to a compact 4 MP cam. Anyone compare these two? S40 seems to have more manual controls while Sony P9 has a "sleeker" package plus the interface is familiar to me.
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Old Aug 22, 2002, 10:32 AM   #2
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For the Canon S40:

Image sensor 1/1.8-inch, 4.1 Megapixel CCD
(4.0 Megapixel Effective resolution)
Color depth 24 Bit RGB
Picture modes RAW, JPEG (SuperFine, Fine or Normal);
Large (2272x1704), Medium High (1600x1200), Medium Low (1024x768), Small (640x480);
Design rule for Camera File system (DCF1),
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) v. 1.1
Internal memory None
Memory card Compact Flash (type I & II)
Images per 16MB memory card Raw SuperFine Fine Normal
Large 1 7 13 26
Medium High - 14 26 52
Medium Low - 25 46 84
Small - 58 94 165

Viewfinder type Real-image optical zoom viewfinder, LCD
LCD display 1.8-inch TFT color LCD
Lens 3x Optical Zoom Lens, 3.6x Digital Zoom
Focal length 7.1-21.3mm (35mm equivalent: 35mm-105mm)
Focus type TTL autofocus (Continuous or Single), AF lock, Manual focus
Focus distance Normal AF: 2.7ft. - infinity
Macro AF: 0.3ft. - 2.3ft.
Manual focus: 0.2ft. - infinity
Filter size None
Sensitivity Auto, ISO 50, 100, 200 or 400
Exposure modes Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE or Manual exposure control, AE lock, Exposure Compensation (+/- 2.0EV in 1/3-step increments), Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB)
Aperture f2.8/f4.9 - f8.0
Shutter 15 - 1/1500 sec.
Slow shutter operates with noise reduction.
White balance TTL Auto White Balance, Pre-set White Balance (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, or Flash), Custom White Balance
Self timer 2 or 10 seconds
Time between shots Less than 1.5 seconds (flash off)
Burst mode High Speed: Approx. 3.0 images/sec., Normal: Approx. 2.0 images/sec. (at Large/Fine mode and LCD viewfinder OFF)
Built in flash Yes; Auto, Red-Eye Reduction Auto, Red-Eye Reduction ON, flash ON, flash OFF
Effective flash distance Up to 16 feet
External flash sync No
Date & time stamp Yes
Video mode Yes; AVI (Motion JPEG, WAVE), High (320x240)/Low (160x120), 15 fps
Audio annotation Yes; up to 1 minute
Power source Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (NB-2L),
Optional AC Adapter Kit (ACK700)
Interface USB
Video out NTSC or PAL Selectable with Audio
Dimensions 4.4" x 2.3" x 1.7" (excluding protrusions)
Weight 9.2oz. (camera body only)
System requirements Macintosh System
Power PC processor
Power Macintosh, PowerBook, iMac or iBook
Mac OS 8.6 - 9.1, 10.1 or later
USB Port (built in)
20MB RAM or more
Windows System
IBM PC/AT compatible with Pentium 150 MHz Processor
Windows 98, 2000, Me, XP
USB Port
32MB RAM or more (Windows 98)
64MB RAM or more (Windows 2000/Windows ME)

For the Sony DSC P9

Image sensor 1/1.8" 4.0 MegaPixel effective Super HAD CCD (4.1 MegaPixel Gross)
Color depth 24 Bit RGB
Picture modes JPEG EXIF, DPOF, DCF
5 Resolution modes: 4MP (2272x1704), 3:2 4MP (2272x1525), UXGA (1600x1200), SXGA (1280x960), VGA (640x480)
Internal memory None
Memory card Memory Stick Media
Images with included memory 3 - 250
includes 16MB Memory Stick
Viewfinder type Eye-level true-zoom Optical Viewfinder
LCD display 1.5" Low Temp. Polysilicon TFT
Lens Sony Lens, 3X Optical/2X Digital Zoom
Focal length 8 - 24mm (35mm Equivalent 39-117mm)
Focus type 3 Area Multi-Point AF, 5 Step Manual Preset
Focus distance 3.9" (Macro Mode) - Infinity
Filter size None
Sensitivity Auto, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400
Exposure modes Auto, Exposure Compensation (+/-2.0 EV, 1/3 EV Steps)
Aperture Not Specified
Shutter Auto: 1/30 - 1/2000 sec, Twilight: 2 sec - 1/2000
White balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Incandescent
Self timer Yes, 10 Seconds
Time between shots Less than 3 seconds
Burst mode Multi-burst mode captures 16 320x240 frames at selectable 1/7.5, 1/15, 1/30 sec. Intervals for motion analysis
Built in flash 3 Mode Intelligent Flash with TTL Pre-flash metering, adjustable Level and selectable Red Eye Reduction
Effective flash distance 1.3" ? 12.5' (0.4 ? 3.8m)
External flash sync No
Date & time stamp Yes
Video mode 3 MPEG Movie modes with audio: Video mail (160x112), Presentation (320x240) and HQX (320x240) with 16fps full screen playback EX (EXtended) clip length limited only by capacity of media (90 min w/128MB MS)
Clip Motion Mode captures up to ten 160x120 or twenty 120x108 frames and creates a GIF animation

Audio annotation Yes
Power source NP-FC10 InfoLithium battery (included)
AC-LS1 AC adaptor/charger (included)
Interface USB 1.1
Video out NTSC & PAL Selectable
Dimensions 4.5" x 2" x 1.5"
Weight 7.5 oz
System requirements Windows 98, 98SE, Me, 2000, XP Home/Pro;
Macintosh OS 8.5.1, 8.6, 9.0, 9.1, 9.2
Special features Picture Effects:
Black & White, Solarize, Sepia, Negative
Scene Modes:
Twilight, Twilight Portrait, Landscape

I go with the Canon since it used the more popular CF media
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