As well as being compared against other compacts, the Samsung S850 is also often compared to super zooms. The Samsung S850's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot S2 IS) and Samsung (such as the S830)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Samsung S850 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second) and slightly longer exposures (15 seconds vs 1 seconds).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 35 mm) and has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 2.7").

Samsung S830

Samsung S830
similar age

Significant advantages of the S830 (vs the S850)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 35 mm vs 38 mm
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the S830 (vs the S850)

  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the S830 and S850

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Very small: Compact (100×62×27 mm) vs Compact (104×64×25 mm)
  • Thin: 1.1" vs 1"

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Samsung S850 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a much larger screen (2.5" vs 1.8"), is slightly smaller (compact (104×64×25 mm) vs prosumer size (113×78×76 mm)), takes slightly higher resolution photos (8 MP vs 5 MP), is newer (january 2007 vs april 2005) and is thinner (1" vs 3").

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 36 mm), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital) and has a slower max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second).

Canon PowerShot S2 IS

Canon PowerShot S2 IS
1 year older

Significant advantages of the S2 IS (vs the S850)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S2 IS (vs the S850)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 2.5"
  • Thicker: 3" vs 1"

common strengths of the S2 IS and S850

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (113×78×76 mm) vs Compact (104×64×25 mm)
  • Thin: 3" vs 1"
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 222 g