As well as being compared against other compacts, the Canon PowerShot A420 is also often compared to super zooms. The Canon PowerShot A420's top rivals come from Fujifilm (such as the FinePix HS30 EXR) and Canon (such as the PowerShot A480)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A420 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (39 mm vs 37 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (1.8" vs 2.5"), is slightly larger (compact (103×52×40 mm) vs compact (92×62×31 mm)), takes significantly lower resolution photos (3.9 MP vs 9.8 MP) and is older (february 2006 vs january 2009).

Canon PowerShot A480

Canon PowerShot A480
2 years newer
$225

Significant advantages of the A480 (vs the A420)

  • Significantly larger screen: 2.5" vs 1.8"
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 9.8 MP vs 3.9 MP
  • Significantly thinner: 1.2" vs 1.6"

Significant disadvantages of the A480 (vs the A420)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the A480 and A420

  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A420 compared to super zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (compact (103×52×40 mm) vs large (131×97×126 mm)), is thinner (1.6" vs 5") and is significantly lighter (200 g vs 687 g).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (39 mm vs 24 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.8" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (77k dots vs 460k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (3.9 MP vs 10.6 MP).

Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR

Fujifilm FinePix HS30 EXR
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the HS30 EXR (vs the A420)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 39 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.8"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the HS30 EXR (vs the A420)

  • Significantly larger: Large (131×97×126 mm) vs Compact (103×52×40 mm)
  • Much thicker: 5" vs 1.6"
  • Significantly heavier: 687 g vs 200 g

common strengths of the HS30 EXR and A420

  • Light weight: 687 g vs 200 g