Kodak EasyShare C1550 vs. Nikon Coolpix S3300

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Kodak EasyShare C1550  Nikon Coolpix S3300  
Megapixels

16.60  16.00  
Max. resolution

4608 x 3440  4608 x 3456  
Price

Amazon, B&H Photo, Adorama  Amazon, B&H Photo, Adorama  
Sensor 

Sensor type

CCD  CCD  
Sensor size

1/2.3" (~ 6.16 x 4.62 mm)  1/2.3" (~ 6.16 x 4.62 mm)  
Sensor resolution

4699 x 3533  4612 x 3468  
Diagonal

7.70 mm  7.70 mm  
Surface area

28.46 mm²  28.46 mm²  
Sensor size comparison
Sensor size is generally a good indicator of the quality of the camera.
Sensors can vary greatly in size. As a general rule, the bigger the
sensor, the better the image quality.
Bigger sensors are more effective, because they have more surface area to capture light. An important factor when comparing digital cameras is also camera generation. Generally, newer sensors will outperform the older. Learn more about sensor sizes » 
Actual sensor sizes:
Surface area:
Kodak EasyShare C1550 and Nikon Coolpix S3300 have the same surface area.


Pixel pitch

1.31 µm  1.34 µm  
Pixel pitch tells you the distance from the center of one pixel (photosite) to the center of the next.
It tells you how close the pixels are to each other.
The bigger the pixel pitch, the further apart they are and the bigger each pixel is. Bigger pixels tend to have better signal to noise ratio and greater dynamic range. 
Pixel pitch
Pixel pitch of Nikon Coolpix S3300 is approx. 2% higher than pixel pitch of Kodak EasyShare C1550.


Pixel area

1.72 µm²  1.8 µm²  
Pixel or photosite area affects how much light per pixel can be gathered.
The larger it is the more light can be collected by a single pixel.
Larger pixels have the potential to collect more photons, resulting in greater dynamic range, while smaller pixels provide higher resolutions (more detail) for a given sensor size. 
Relative pixel sizes:
A pixel on Nikon Coolpix S3300 sensor is approx. 5% bigger than a pixel on Kodak EasyShare C1550.


Pixel density

58.19 MP/cm²  56.06 MP/cm²  
Pixel density tells you how many million pixels fit or would fit in one
square cm of the sensor.
Higher pixel density means smaller pixels and lower pixel density means larger pixels. 
Pixel density
Kodak EasyShare C1550 has approx. 4% higher pixel density than Nikon Coolpix S3300.

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Diagonal
Diagonal is calculated by the use of Pythagorean theorem:
where w = sensor width and h = sensor height
Diagonal = √  w² + h² 
Kodak EasyShare C1550 diagonal
The diagonal of Kodak EasyShare C1550 image
sensor is not 1/2.3 inch as you might expect, but approximately two thirds of
that value. If you want to know why, see
sensor sizes.
w = 6.16 mm
h = 4.62 mm
w = 6.16 mm
h = 4.62 mm
Diagonal = √  6.16² + 4.62²  = 7.70 mm 
Nikon Coolpix S3300 diagonal
The diagonal of Nikon Coolpix S3300 image
sensor is not 1/2.3 inch as you might expect, but approximately two thirds of
that value. If you want to know why, see
sensor sizes.
w = 6.16 mm
h = 4.62 mm
w = 6.16 mm
h = 4.62 mm
Diagonal = √  6.16² + 4.62²  = 7.70 mm 
Surface area
Surface area is calculated by multiplying the width and the height of a sensor.
Kodak EasyShare C1550 surface area
Width = 6.16 mm
Height = 4.62 mm
Surface area = 6.16 × 4.62 = 28.46 mm²
Height = 4.62 mm
Surface area = 6.16 × 4.62 = 28.46 mm²
Nikon Coolpix S3300 surface area
Width = 6.16 mm
Height = 4.62 mm
Surface area = 6.16 × 4.62 = 28.46 mm²
Height = 4.62 mm
Surface area = 6.16 × 4.62 = 28.46 mm²
Pixel pitch
Pixel pitch is the distance from the center of one pixel to the center of the
next measured in micrometers (µm). It can be calculated with the following formula:
Pixel pitch =  sensor width in mm  × 1000 
sensor resolution width in pixels 
Kodak EasyShare C1550 pixel pitch
Sensor width = 6.16 mm
Sensor resolution width = 4699 pixels
Sensor resolution width = 4699 pixels
Pixel pitch =  6.16  × 1000  = 1.31 µm 
4699 
Nikon Coolpix S3300 pixel pitch
Sensor width = 6.16 mm
Sensor resolution width = 4612 pixels
Sensor resolution width = 4612 pixels
Pixel pitch =  6.16  × 1000  = 1.34 µm 
4612 
Pixel area
The area of one pixel can be calculated by simply squaring the pixel pitch:
You could also divide sensor surface area with effective megapixels:
Pixel area = pixel pitch²
You could also divide sensor surface area with effective megapixels:
Pixel area =  sensor surface area in mm² 
effective megapixels 
Kodak EasyShare C1550 pixel area
Pixel pitch = 1.31 µm
Pixel area = 1.31² = 1.72 µm²
Pixel area = 1.31² = 1.72 µm²
Nikon Coolpix S3300 pixel area
Pixel pitch = 1.34 µm
Pixel area = 1.34² = 1.8 µm²
Pixel area = 1.34² = 1.8 µm²
Pixel density
Pixel density can be calculated with the following formula:
You could also use this formula:
Pixel density = (  sensor resolution width in pixels  )² / 1000000 
sensor width in cm 
You could also use this formula:
Pixel density =  effective megapixels × 1000000  / 10000 
sensor surface area in mm² 
Kodak EasyShare C1550 pixel density
Sensor resolution width = 4699 pixels
Sensor width = 0.616 cm
Pixel density = (4699 / 0.616)² / 1000000 = 58.19 MP/cm²
Sensor width = 0.616 cm
Pixel density = (4699 / 0.616)² / 1000000 = 58.19 MP/cm²
Nikon Coolpix S3300 pixel density
Sensor resolution width = 4612 pixels
Sensor width = 0.616 cm
Pixel density = (4612 / 0.616)² / 1000000 = 56.06 MP/cm²
Sensor width = 0.616 cm
Pixel density = (4612 / 0.616)² / 1000000 = 56.06 MP/cm²
Sensor resolution
Sensor resolution is calculated from sensor size and effective megapixels. It's slightly higher
than maximum (not interpolated) image resolution which is usually stated on camera specifications.
Sensor resolution is used in pixel pitch, pixel area, and pixel density formula.
For sake of simplicity, we're going to calculate it in 3 stages.
1. First we need to find the ratio between horizontal and vertical length by dividing the former with the latter (aspect ratio). It's usually 1.33 (4:3) or 1.5 (3:2), but not always. 22.8 × 15.5 sensor for example has a ratio of 1.47.
2. With the ratio (r) known we can calculate the X from the formula below, where X is a vertical number of pixels:
3. To get sensor resolution we then multiply X with the corresponding ratio:
Resolution horizontal: X × r
Resolution vertical: X
1. First we need to find the ratio between horizontal and vertical length by dividing the former with the latter (aspect ratio). It's usually 1.33 (4:3) or 1.5 (3:2), but not always. 22.8 × 15.5 sensor for example has a ratio of 1.47.
2. With the ratio (r) known we can calculate the X from the formula below, where X is a vertical number of pixels:
(X × r) × X = effective megapixels × 1000000 → 

Resolution horizontal: X × r
Resolution vertical: X
Kodak EasyShare C1550 sensor resolution
Sensor width = 6.16 mm
Sensor height = 4.62 mm
Effective megapixels = 16.60
Resolution horizontal: X × r = 3533 × 1.33 = 4699
Resolution vertical: X = 3533
Sensor resolution = 4699 x 3533
Sensor height = 4.62 mm
Effective megapixels = 16.60
r = 6.16/4.62 = 1.33 

Resolution vertical: X = 3533
Sensor resolution = 4699 x 3533
Nikon Coolpix S3300 sensor resolution
Sensor width = 6.16 mm
Sensor height = 4.62 mm
Effective megapixels = 16.00
Resolution horizontal: X × r = 3468 × 1.33 = 4612
Resolution vertical: X = 3468
Sensor resolution = 4612 x 3468
Sensor height = 4.62 mm
Effective megapixels = 16.00
r = 6.16/4.62 = 1.33 

Resolution vertical: X = 3468
Sensor resolution = 4612 x 3468
Crop factor
Crop factor or focal length multiplier is calculated by dividing the diagonal
of 35 mm film (43.27 mm) with the diagonal of the sensor.
Crop factor =  43.27 mm 
sensor diagonal in mm 
Kodak EasyShare C1550 crop factor
Sensor diagonal in mm = 7.70 mm
Crop factor =  43.27  = 5.62 
7.70 
Nikon Coolpix S3300 crop factor
Sensor diagonal in mm = 7.70 mm
Crop factor =  43.27  = 5.62 
7.70 
35 mm equivalent aperture
Equivalent aperture (in 135 film terms) is calculated by multiplying lens aperture
with crop factor (a.k.a. focal length multiplier).
Kodak EasyShare C1550 equivalent aperture
Aperture is a lens characteristic, so it's calculated only for
fixed lens cameras. If you want to know the equivalent aperture for
Kodak EasyShare C1550, take the aperture of the lens
you're using and multiply it with crop factor.
Crop factor for Kodak EasyShare C1550 is 5.62
Crop factor for Kodak EasyShare C1550 is 5.62
Nikon Coolpix S3300 equivalent aperture
Crop factor = 5.62
Aperture = f3.5  f6.5
35mm equivalent aperture = (f3.5  f6.5) × 5.62 = f19.7  f36.5
Aperture = f3.5  f6.5
35mm equivalent aperture = (f3.5  f6.5) × 5.62 = f19.7  f36.5
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