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What point and shoot Digi camera has the largest image sensor?

dan Mar , Sep 21, 2008; 03:49 a.m.

What point and shoot Digi camera has the largest image sensor? is it the Sony R1? and what size would it be ?


Starvy Goodfellows , Sep 21, 2008; 05:51 a.m.

well, the sensor size on the sony is 21.5 x 14.4 mm and it is billed as aps c. i know the foveon sensor in the sigma dp1 is also quite large although perhaps not as big as a sony.

Peter Blaise Monahon , Sep 21, 2008; 06:26 a.m.


Did you know you can look up everything on places like dpreview.com?


Sony DSC-R1 Sensor size 21.5 x 14.4 mm (3.09 cm²) Pixel density 3.2 MP/cm²


Sigma DP1 Sensor size 20.7 x 13.8 mm (2.85 cm²) Pixel density 1.6 MP/cm²

Ralph Jensen , Sep 21, 2008; 06:46 a.m.

If the question is "which point and shoot" the answer is the Sigma.

If the question is "which non-SLR," the answer is the Sony, which I really like (but would never consider it point-and-shoot!).

Those two are pretty much it for now; everything else has a relatively tiny sensor. Micro 4/3 is promising, but with lenses won't be much smaller than the Sony R1.

Frank Skomial , Sep 21, 2008; 10:26 a.m.

Also look up Rikoh cameras. They may have something for you...more pocket size and more "point-n-shoot".

Sony R1 not a point-and-shoot ?

not a DSLR either ?

well.. some invented special category for it, Fixed Lens Digital (FLD), read more:


Jeff Spirer , Sep 21, 2008; 12:43 p.m.

Ricohs have tiny sensors. If the purpose of wanting a larger sensor is for better noise characteristics, especially at higher ISO, Ricohs are the wrong cameras to consider, in my experience with several of them. The only good reasons for owning a Ricoh, and these are good reasons, are the need for ultra-wide lenses and for great usability characteristics. Image quality and sensor size are not good reasons for owning a Ricoh.

Mike Earussi , Sep 21, 2008; 01:35 p.m.

Right now the Sigma DP1 is it, but that could change at any moment, especially if Canon decides to put a smaller chip sized version of what they have in the 5D II in a point and shoot.

dan Mar , Sep 22, 2008; 12:20 a.m.

thanks Peter i never knew about dpreview.com.

Ilkka , Sep 22, 2008; 12:27 a.m.

"especially if Canon decides"

That is highly speculative. Canon could have put any of their APS sized sensors into a digicam years ago but still hasn't done so.

Olympus/Panasonic will bring out 4/3 sensor sized compacts soon. The only existing large sensor non DSLR cameras on the market are made by Sony and Sigma. That tells a bit who are truly innovative in the small digicam market.

dan Mar , Sep 22, 2008; 12:38 a.m.

Thanks Ralph, i only suggested the R1 because someone told me that about it, but as i looked into the specs its closer to a SLR thain a point and shoot. I want to get a simple point and shoot to play with. I was thinking of experimenting with removing the lens of something close to an APS size sensor, having a machine shop at school CNC machine something for a Minolta MD to mount on it. Also i have been thinking about the two 8mm movie cameras i have. One with a 3 lens turret and one with a zoom lens, maby i should be looking to mount lenses like that to something. I'm sure those sized sensor cameras would be cheaper but also very noisy. dam i wish i worked R & D at some digital camera company.

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