As well as being compared against other compacts, the Samsung i8 is also often compared to travel zooms and ultra compacts. The Samsung i8's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot SX270 HS) and Pentax (such as the Optio S5z)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Samsung i8 compared to other compact competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (8 MP vs 4.9 MP) and is newer (january 2008 vs may 2005).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.5 vs f/2.6) and has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 35 mm).

Pentax Optio S5z

Pentax Optio S5z
2 years older

Significant advantages of the S5z (vs the i8)

  • Wider aperture: f/2.6 vs f/3.5
  • Significantly better wide angle: 35 mm vs 38 mm

Significant disadvantages of the S5z (vs the i8)

  • None found

common strengths of the S5z and i8

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Very small: Super compact (83×55×22 mm) vs Super compact (91×58×20 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.9" vs 0.8"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Samsung i8 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (super compact (91×58×20 mm) vs compact (106×63×33 mm)), is thinner (0.8" vs 1.3") and is significantly lighter (146 g vs 233 g).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (3x vs 20x), has a much narrower wide angle lens (38 mm vs 25 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 461k dots) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS
5 years newer
$237

Significant advantages of the SX270 HS (vs the i8)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 38 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the SX270 HS (vs the i8)

  • Much larger: Compact (106×63×33 mm) vs Super compact (91×58×20 mm)
  • Much thicker: 1.3" vs 0.8"
  • Significantly heavier: 233 g vs 146 g

common strengths of the SX270 HS and i8

  • Fairly small: Compact (106×63×33 mm) vs Super compact (91×58×20 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.3" vs 0.8"
  • Light weight: 233 g vs 146 g

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Samsung i8 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (8 MP vs 5 MP) and is newer (january 2008 vs may 2005).

However, on average it is thicker (0.8" vs 0.7").

Samsung Digimax i5

Samsung Digimax i5
2 years older

Significant advantages of the i5 (vs the i8)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the i5 (vs the i8)

  • None found

common strengths of the i5 and i8

  • None found