Sony or Olympus

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by DarkNetworks, Oct 11, 2005.

  1. DarkNetworks macrumors 68000


    Apr 12, 2005
    Well, i'm thinking of getting a 2nd camera and i'm wondering which one is better and anyone has one of these? Opinions? Is Olympus or Sony better?

    For the Sony DSC S40
    Resolution: 4.23 Mpixel
    Maximum resolution: 2304x1728
    Minimum resolution: 640x480
    Sensor size: 1/2.7-inch
    Sensor type: Super HAD CCD
    Optical zoom: 3X
    Focal length multiplier: n/a
    Zoom wide (mm): 32
    Zoom tele (mm): 96
    Digital zoom: 6X
    Auto focus: Yes
    Manual focus: No
    Focus range (cm): 12
    Flash modes: anti red-eye, auto, fill in, off, slow flash
    Storage types: Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro
    ISO ratings: auto, 80, 100, 200, 400
    Aperture priority: No
    Minimum aperture wide: f2.8
    Maximum aperture wide: unknown
    Minimum aperture tele: f5.1
    Maximum aperture tele: unknown
    Shutter priority: No
    Minimum shutter (sec): 1
    Maximum shutter (sec): 1/2000
    Sequence (fps): unknown
    Built-in flash: Yes
    External flash: Yes
    External flash type: n/a
    Metering: Multi-pattern, spot
    Exposure compensation: -2EV - +2EV with 1/3EV steps
    White balance: auto, cloudy, daylight, fluorescent, incandescent
    Video function: Yes
    Video sound: Yes
    Maximum video resolution: 640x480
    Minimum video resolution: 160x112
    Frames per second (fps): 30
    Voice recording: No
    Optical viewfinder: Yes
    Electronic viewfinder: No
    LCD size: 1.5-inch
    LCD resolution (pixels): 76,800
    Self-timer: Yes
    USB: USB 2.0
    Video out: No
    File format: JPEG
    Energy: 2x AA
    Weight: 132g.
    Sizes (mm): 99x51.7x34.2

    For Olympus Camedia FE-100
    Max resolution: 2272 x 1704
    Low resolution: 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480
    Image ratio w:h: 4:3
    Effective pixels: 4.0 million
    Sensor size: 1/2.5 "
    Sensor type: CCD
    ISO rating: Auto (64 - 320)
    Zoom wide (W): 35 mm
    Zoom tele (T): 106 mm (3X)
    Digital zoom: 4X
    Image stabilization: No
    Auto Focus: Yes
    Manual Focus: No
    Auto focus type: TTL
    Normal focus range: 50 cm
    Macro focus range: 5 cm
    White balance override: 5 positions
    Aperture range: F3.0 - F5.0
    Min shutter: 2 sec
    Max shutter: 1/2000 sec
    Built-in Flash: Yes
    Flash guide no: 3.8 m (12.4 ft) 8 m
    Flash modes: Auto, Red-Eye, Forced, Off, Slow 1&3
    Exposure compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV in 1/3 EV steps
    Metering: Center-weighted
    Aperture priority: No
    Shutter priority: No
    Movie Clips: Yes, 320 x 240, 15 fps, unlimited
    Remote control: No
    Self-timer: Yes
    Time-lapse recording: No
    Orientation sensor: No
    Storage types: xD Picture Card + Internal 28 MB Memory
    Uncompressed format: No
    Compressed format: JPEG (EXIF 2.2)
    Quality Levels: Standard, High, Super High
    Viewfinder: No
    LCD: 1.5"
    LCD Pixels: 130,000
    Playback zoom: Unknown
    Video out: Yes
    USB: Yes
    Battery / Charger: Yes
    Battery: AA (2) batteries (NiMH recommended)
    Weight (inc. batteries): 160 g (5.6 oz)
    Dimensions: 88 x 63 x 39 mm (3.5 x 2.5 x 1.5 in)

    Both not really the high end camera's but i pretty much just want to take some normal photographs...
  2. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040


    Apr 21, 2003
    washington dc
  3. kiwi-in-uk macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2004

    But - more constructively - why don't you check out dpreview - they have plenty of information about all types of digital cameras, and some excellent forums. Also have a look at "Digital Camera Resource" and "Steve's Digicams", both of which are on the DPReview links page.

    Most of the big name brands are pretty good these days (although each has its share of clunker models - which is where the forums are useful). To a large extent it comes down to which make/model you feel most comfortable using.

    In my case I preferred Nikon 35mm, but now prefer Canon digital.

    Good luck.
  4. gammamonk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2004
    Madison, WI
    I'm a sony fan for digital cameras. I have a Cybershot V1, and it's great. You can see lots of samples on my website. Highly scaled down for the web of course. (The pics that look all grainy are from my cell-phone)

    If you just wanna get a good deal, check out dealsea. There's always some crazy deals on there. There's a nice Canon for $204 right now.
  5. GilGrissom macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2005
    I have a sony 5 Megapixel camera. P9 or P10. Its quite good, but the lense seems a bit loose.

    We're just brought my sister a Fuji-film 6Mpx camera for her birthday, £150, and its simply superb!! Instant picture taking (unlike the Sony, it takes ages to get into focus).

    Apparently the latest Sony ones are very good though, with the special lenses (Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar?) but I've never used them.

    Ive been much happier with my sisters Fuji camera than my Sony one.

    Use quite a lot of Olympus ones at work, they are quite safe to use, straight forward and get the job done! Seem much better built aswell compared to my Sony one. They are more rounded and robust. Usually better value too!
  6. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    my friend has a olylmpus and i hate it. The UI is dreedfull. and the pictures don't look good for a 3 MPs. I have a 2 MP which looks better then her 3MP. Either go for nikon or canon.
  7. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    I'm about to buy a Fuji F10 when I get round to getting to the store. Apparently, you need to play a little to get great results but some of them are stunning.

    Go and have a look at and check out the images from the cameras that you're considering. You'll get to see the shots that people take in the real world - and since they usually have the full EXIF data, you can compare how the different cameras cope with conditions (ie does full auto mean over/under exposure etc)
  8. ziwi macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2004
    Right back where I started...
    It is mostly subjective. I agree with the poster above who said look to and There you can read reviews and look in the forums for specific info on the two cameras you are interested in.
  9. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Haha, I love these threads:

    "I have narrowed it down to 2 options: Sony or Olympus. Which one should I choose?"
    "Nikon!" :p

    From these options, I'd choose Sony. I think their cameras are quite good. My ex-girlfriend's Sony was as good, or arguably better than my Canon IXUS40 (or SD300, I believe), particularly at low to mid lighting.

    Actually, I think that any of the new, small to midsized point-and-shoot cameras will give comparable results. Its just the menu system and options that are the deciding factor for me.

    Sony isn't bad, but I find that their LCD isn't as good as on my Canon.
  10. finalcoolman macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2005
    I love Sony digital cameras. Now for those who don't, guess what. Chances are one of the most important components in your camera is made by Sony, no matter what brand it its. Most of the digital camera CCDs are made by Sony. Bassicly that Olympus camera has a Sony CCD. Same with any Nikon cameras people are recommending. Here is a good thread about this:
  11. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    Well I'm gonna go against the grain here and say go with the Olympus. I've got a D-595 (5 mp) that I just love.
  12. finalcoolman macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2005
    The S40 is alright, but the new S60 and S90 are stupid. The P73 and 93A wre much better. As someone said all companies have their bland models but in general I love Sony Cybershot cameras. Now for those who don't, guess what. Chances are one of the most important components in your camera is made by Sony, no matter what your preferred brand is. Most of the digital camera CCDs are made by Sony. Basicly that Olympus camera has a Sony CCD. Same with any Nikon cameras people are recommending. Here is a good thread about this issue:

    Edit: Ooops, tried to edit but instead did a duplicate post...sorry

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