|Digital SLR cameras are indicates by this icon. See the DLSR Basics page for more what this implies.||A camera uses an electronic viewfinder is marked with this icon. SLR cameras never have EVFs.|
|Signifies that a fixed-lens digital camera has more than 10X optical zoom. Some have 20X or more. Most ultra-zoom digital cameras have an EVF.||Signifies that a camera supports an ISO sensitivity of 6400 or more at its full-resolution without up-sampling. This is knows as high-ISO capability.|
|Indicates a camera which has full manual controls including full-manual exposure (M), aperture-priority (A) and shutter-priority (S). Manual focus and various metering modes are also commonly included.||Indicates a custom white-balance function. This can greatly improve color accuracy, specially under mixed and artificial light sources. Otherwise, one must rely on automatic or preset white-balance options.|
|A camera which can capture continuously at least 3 images at 2 FPS while a viewfinder or LCD preview remains usable is marked by this icon.||This icon indicates that an external flash can be attached to a camera. This can be done via a hot-shoe or sync-port (PC).|
|Video captured between VGA and HD resolutions. This is at least 640x480 but less than 1280x720.||Indicates a camera usable for sports-photography. Requires shutter-speeds faster than 1/1500s.|
|HD video captured at 1280x720 or more but less than 1920x1080. This is the basic HDTV resolution.||HD video captured at 1920x1080 or more. This is the maximum HDTV resolution, often referred to as Full HD.|
|Indicates a camera usable for night-photography. This requires shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.||Cameras which can use both types of Compact Flash memory cards are indicated with this icon. Microdrives are supported too. Note that some cameras do not accept cards over 2 GB regardless of their type.|
|Cameras which can use AA batteries for power are marked by this icon. This is far more flexible than generally expensive proprietary solutions.||A camera which supports Secure Digital memory cards directly is marked with this icon. SDHC cards cannot be used with these cameras, unless a special firmware update is available and successfully installed.|
|Indicates a camera accepts Compact Flash Type I memory cards but not the thicker Type II cards such as Microdrives.||A camera which supports Secure Digital High Capacity memory cards directly is marked with this icon. Cameras which support SDHC cards also support SD cards which are the same size and shape.|
|Indicates a camera accepts xD cards. These cards are proprietary to Fuji and Olympus but are also manufactured by other flash vendors.||A camera which supports Secure Digital Extended Capacity memory cards directly is marked with this icon. Cameras which support SDXC cards also support SDHC and SD cards which are the same size and shape.|
|Indicates a camera accepts Memory Stick Duo cards but not larger Memory Stick cards. These cards are proprietary to Sony but also made by other vendors.||Indicates a camera accept proprietary Sony Memory Sticks. These are the larger type of cards by Sony.|
|A camera which supports Micro Secure Digital High Capacity memory cards directly is marked with this icon. Cameras which support Micro SDHC cards also support Micro SD cards which are the same size and shape.||A camera which supports Micro Secure Digital Extended Capacity memory cards directly is marked with this icon. Cameras which support Micro SDXC cards also support Micro SDHC and Micro SD cards which are the same size and shape.|
|Indicates a camera accepts XQD cards.||Marks a camera or lens which has been discontinued by its manufacturer. It may still be available in stores while quantities last and on the used market.|
|Neocamera's full-reviews are indicated by this icon. The reviews are focused on usability, suitability and quality of images produced.||Cameras that have been used at Neocamera, but not long enough for a full-review, are marked with this icon.|
|Camera has not been rated yet.||Poor cameras tend to produce unacceptably flawed images for the resolutions of their sensors. Performance and handling may also be lacking.|
|Average cameras produce noticeably flawed but reasonable pictures and usually compromise on performance or handling.||A good camera has a few flaws but no major problems with image quality. This cameras also handles reasonably well.|
|An Excellent camera is shows exceptional image quality for its class. This does not mean it is perfect, or that a lower rating camera may not be more suitable.||Excellent Plus announces image quality that is a significant step above cameras rated Excellent the its class, being Fixed Lens, Mirrorless, Cropped DSLR or a Full-Frame DSLR.|
|GPS is built-in position information is embedded with each photo.|
|Built-in stabilization allows pictures to be taken at lower shutter speeds than would normally be possible while hand-holding a camera. It does so by moving the sensor or a lens element to compensate for camera movements.||Depth-of-field preview improves the accuracy of our perception of depth-of-field through the viewfinder by stopping down the lens aperture to the one that will be used to capture the image.|
|Dust-reduction is a mechanism to reduce the dust accumulated on a camera sensor. Only DSLR cameras need this feature since their sensor can be exposed to dust while changing lenses.||Spot metering evaluates exposure using only a small spot. It is used to determine exposure by choosing what to picture as a mid-tone.|
|Weather-proof cameras are sealed to keep away dust, humidity and light splashing.||Water-proof cameras are capable of being submerged under water without the need for an optional casing. Water-proof cameras are subject to specific limits of depth and duration.|
|Unlimited slow continuous drive measn the camera can shoot at less than 5 FPS, but at least 2 FPS, until the memory card fills up, regardless of its size.||Unlimited fast continuous drive means the camera can sustain 5 FPS or more, until the memory card fills up, regardless of its size.|
|Long duraction slow-speed continuous drive means that the camera can shoot at less than 5 FPS, but at least 2 FPS, for at least 5 seconds.||Long duration high-speed continuous drive means that the camera can sustain 5 FPS or more for at least 5 seconds.|
|Short duraction slow-speed continuous drive means that the camera can shoot at less than 5 FPS, but at least 2 FPS, for less than 5 seconds.||Short duration high-speed continuous drive means that the camera can sustain 5 FPS or more for less than 5 seconds.|
|An extra-large viewfinder (effective size of 0.7 or more) with less than 100% frame coverage.||An extra-large viewfinder (effective size of 0.7 or more) with 100% frame coverage.|
|A large viewfinder (effective size between 0.6 to 0.7 or more) with less than 100% frame coverage.||A large viewfinder (effective size between 0.6 to 0.7) with 100% frame coverage.|
|A medium viewfinder (effective size between 0.5 to 0.6 or more) with less than 100% frame coverage.||A medium viewfinder (effective size between 0.5 to 0.6 or more) with 100% frame coverage.|
|A small viewfinder (effective size 0.5 or less) with less than 100% frame coverage.||DSLR featuring true live-view. Must be exposure-priority display with 100% coverage, white-balance previewed and capable of autofocus.|
|Level that measures camera tilt and helps to keep the horizon level.||Automatic level system which corrects for some degree of tilt to keep the horizon level.|
|A digital camera, as opposed to a lens.||A stereoscopic camera or lens which gives in impression of 3D.|
|A lens, as opposed to a camera. Mountable on a compatible camera such as a DSLR or ILC.||Optical Image Stabilization built into a lens. Some cameras provide this in the body instead which benefits all lenses.|
|A lens that zooms optically by changing its focal-length. Can be constant-aperture which means that the widest aperture remains the same accross the zoom range.||A lens that does not zoom. It has a fixed focal length.|
|Normal lenses are rectilinear, the are designed to show straight lines as straight lines.||A fisheye lens renders a view where straight lines appear curved except if they pass through the center. Can produce a rectangular or circular image.|
|Lens capable of macro photography with a reproduction ratio of at least 1:1.|
|3 Megapixels 4 Megapixels 5 Megapixels 6 Megapixels 7 Megapixels 8 Megapixels 9 Megapixels 10 Megapixels 11 Megapixels 12 Megapixels 13 Megapixels 14 Megapixels 15 Megapixels 16 Megapixels 17 Megapixels 18 Megapixels 19 Megapixels 20 Megapixels 21 Megapixels 22 Megapixels 23 Megapixels 24 Megapixels 25 Megapixels 26 Megapixels||Indicates a camera with that number of megapixels. We round the number of effective megapixels to the nearest whole number.|
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