# Questions on Camera Specifications

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by E11, Dec 20, 2005.

1. ### E11Guest

Hi all,

Got a question on focal length. (i'm keen on getting the Canon
PowerShot S2 IS, so will be using this camera as reference to

The camera has a focal length of 36 (W) - 432 (T) mm. Now, i
understand that 432 / 36 give it its 12x optical zoom, but how would it
be different from another camera with a focal length of, say, 35 (W) -
420 (T) mm, given that 420 / 35 is also 12?

TIA and Regards,
Edwin
E11, Dec 20, 2005

2. ### PanHandlerGuest

"E11" <> wrote in message
news:...
> Hi all,
>
> Got a question on focal length. (i'm keen on getting the Canon
> PowerShot S2 IS, so will be using this camera as reference to
> understand more about those specs.)
>
> The camera has a focal length of 36 (W) - 432 (T) mm. Now, i
> understand that 432 / 36 give it its 12x optical zoom, but how would it
> be different from another camera with a focal length of, say, 35 (W) -
> 420 (T) mm, given that 420 / 35 is also 12?

Same thing.
PanHandler, Dec 20, 2005

3. ### Scott WGuest

E11 wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> Got a question on focal length. (i'm keen on getting the Canon
> PowerShot S2 IS, so will be using this camera as reference to
> understand more about those specs.)
>
> The camera has a focal length of 36 (W) - 432 (T) mm. Now, i
> understand that 432 / 36 give it its 12x optical zoom, but how would it
> be different from another camera with a focal length of, say, 35 (W) -
> 420 (T) mm, given that 420 / 35 is also 12?
>
>
>
> TIA and Regards,
> Edwin

Let's take a bit more exterm case, say one camera being from 18 to 216
and the other from 36 to 432. They both are 12 to 1 but the 18 - 216
goes much more wide angle and the 36 - 432 goes much more telephoto.

Scott
Scott W, Dec 20, 2005
4. ### Tesco NewsGuest

"E11" <> wrote in message
news:...
> Hi all,
>
> Got a question on focal length. (i'm keen on getting the Canon
> PowerShot S2 IS, so will be using this camera as reference to
> understand more about those specs.)
>
> The camera has a focal length of 36 (W) - 432 (T) mm. Now, i
> understand that 432 / 36 give it its 12x optical zoom, but how would it
> be different from another camera with a focal length of, say, 35 (W) -
> 420 (T) mm, given that 420 / 35 is also 12?
>
>
>
> TIA and Regards,
> Edwin
>

The 12x, or 3x, or whatever, is a totally irelevant factor as far as taking
pictures is concerned. It only compares the focal length at wide angle to
the focal length at telephoto for that particular lens.

You could have a 2x zoom which would have a longer focal length at telephoto
than a 12x. Or you could have a 2x which would have a shorter focal length
at wide than a 12x.

The only thing that is of any use, is knowing what the focal lengths
actually are, (with digital we need to know the 35mm equivalents before we
can compare - unless we are into mathematics).

The examples you quote are so similar as to be meaningless. Focal lengths
of 35mm & 36mm are for all practical photographic purposes identical.

Roy G
Tesco News, Dec 20, 2005
5. ### David Dyer-BennetGuest

"E11" <> writes:

> Got a question on focal length. (i'm keen on getting the Canon
> PowerShot S2 IS, so will be using this camera as reference to
> understand more about those specs.)
>
> The camera has a focal length of 36 (W) - 432 (T) mm. Now, i
> understand that 432 / 36 give it its 12x optical zoom, but how would it
> be different from another camera with a focal length of, say, 35 (W) -
> 420 (T) mm, given that 420 / 35 is also 12?

It doesn't claim to have a focal length of 36mm-432mm, though; it
claims to have a "35mm-equivalent" focal length of that.

Setting that aside (since you're comparing the 35mm-equivalent focal
lengths of different cameras, it's mostly a nit; the numbers you're
comparing are really comparable)....

The smaller the focal length number, the wider the field of view. The
difference between 35mm and 36mm is pretty trivial, though, as is the
difference between 420 and 432.

On the other hand, the difference between 24mm and 35mm is *not*
trivial at all. (24mm has an 84 degree diagonal angle, 35mm has a 63
degree diagonal angle).
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David Dyer-Bennet, Dec 20, 2005