Easily Compare Digital Camera Relative Physical Dimensions Side by Side

October 28, 2011

Some of us will agree that the size of a camera has some kind of impact on our buying decision. Sometimes it’s about ergonomics and sometimes it’s just about the looks and portability. Everyone of us looks at the camera size differently. I personally think that professional and amateur photographers, both give some degree of importance to the camera’s dimensions. For the professional photographer, a larger and heavier camera means better stabilization capabilities when shooting with heavy and long lenses. For the casual photographer, a small camera means that you can carry the camera with you either in your pocket or a small case. Whatever the reasons is, many of us will want to have the option to comprehend how small or how large the camera is before we buy it.

When you view digital cameras online, it’s hard to comprehend the size differences. Most images are displayed plain on the screen and in various sizes. I don’t expect to see a real size image due to hardware restrictions, but at leat an option to compare the relative size against another camera. That’s where CameraSize.com web application enters the frame. This brand new site (currently in beta), allows you to compare one digital camera versus another in terms of its dimensions. Although not real like pictures, still, it’s a good relative comparison in which all cameras are represented with an equal measurement. It means that you can compare two digital cameras and see how small or how bulky one camera is versus the other one.

CameraSize.com camera size comparison tool allows you to change the camera’s orientation and view it from different sides. Not all cameras support all the orientations, but most of them have a front, back and top views. This can give you an option to compare two cameras from the top, to really understand the size differences. Another option is to overlay one camera on top of the other one. By default it’s a side by side comparison.

Here, let me present an example to you. Let’s say that I want to compare the physical relative size differences between Nikon 1 J1 and Nikon D5100. The first is a mirrorless camera, fairly compact, and the second is Nikon’s latest DSLR camera that was released in 2011.

You can select each camera via a drop down list. Here’s a screenshot of that specific comparison:

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon D5100 size comparison

Nikon 1 J1 vs Nikon D5100 size comparison

As you can see from the above image, it’s easy to see how small Nikon’s latest mirrorless camera is compared to the D5100 DSLR camera. ┬áThe D5100 is relatively small, but the J1 is even smaller. The coin image on the right allows you to get a better understand how small or large a camera is.

After you’ve setup a camera dimension comparison, you can choose another camera to compare against one of the selected ones. You can also place one camera on top of the other. Here, take a look at the next screenshot. You can see that I’ve decided to put the Nikon D5100 behind the Nikon 1 J1, so you can see how small it is..

Nikon D5100 behind Nikon 1 J1 - dimensions comparison
This is very cool, because now you can clearly see how compact the J1 is compared to the D5100. We usually do that in store, but now we have the option to do it online very easily on CameraSize.com.

Overall, this new tool will allow customers to get a better close inspection on a camera before they buy it online. So making a choice just got a bit more easier for us. More cameras are being added daily. So don’t forget to visit CameraSize.com website and start comparing cameras yourself.

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