• 1/2.5 inch 24.7mm2
  • 8.1 megapixels
  • 30.00mm - 150.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony DSC-W150 advantages over Pentax S1

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.76 vs 1.44 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/3.3 vs f/3.9
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject

Pentax S1 advantages over Sony DSC-W150

  • Less expensive
    $200 vs $250 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Larger sensor
    1/2.3 inch vs 1/2.5 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • More pixels
    14.0 vs 8.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    4 vs 1 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

The Competition

Compared to Olympus 840

Sony DSC-W150
Olympus 840
  • $163
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Manual focus
  • $173
  • 1/2.35 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • More telephoto lens reach
Pentax S1
Olympus 840
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $173
  • 1/2.35 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Fujifilm J50

Sony DSC-W150
Fujifilm J50
  • $163
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $180
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
Pentax S1
Fujifilm J50
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $180
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Panasonic DMC-FS20

Sony DSC-W150
Panasonic DMC-FS20
  • $163
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • More pixels
Pentax S1
Panasonic DMC-FS20
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $300
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Larger lens aperture

Compared to Fujifilm Z90

Sony DSC-W150
Fujifilm Z90
  • $163
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $93
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Pentax S1
Fujifilm Z90
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Manual focus
  • $93
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon S100

Sony DSC-W150
Nikon S100
  • $163
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $89
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Thinner
Pentax S1
Nikon S100
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Manual focus
  • $89
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • HDMI out
  • More dots on screen
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