As well as being compared against other digicams, the Canon PowerShot A640 is also often compared to pro digicams, pro DSLRs, super zooms, travel zooms, mirrorless and compacts. The Canon PowerShot A640's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot G12 and the PowerShot A590 IS) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix P600 and the Coolpix P500)

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A640 compared to other digicam competitors include: it has a screen which flips out, has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 25 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 922k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Canon PowerShot A590 IS

Canon PowerShot A590 IS
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the A590 IS (vs the A640)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the A590 IS (vs the A640)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the A590 IS and A640

  • Wide aperture: f/2.6 vs f/2.8
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

Canon PowerShot A650 IS

Canon PowerShot A650 IS
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the A650 IS (vs the A640)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the A650 IS (vs the A640)

  • No external flash support

common strengths of the A650 IS and A640

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Flip-out screens
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

Canon PowerShot SX120 IS
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the SX120 IS (vs the A640)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the SX120 IS (vs the A640)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the SX120 IS and A640

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

Canon PowerShot SX710 HS
8 years newer
$399

Significant advantages of the SX710 HS (vs the A640)

  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 35 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 922k dots vs 115k dots

Significant disadvantages of the SX710 HS (vs the A640)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the SX710 HS and A640

  • None found

Canon PowerShot A720 IS

Canon PowerShot A720 IS
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the A720 IS (vs the A640)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the A720 IS (vs the A640)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the A720 IS and A640

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A640 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a screen which flips out and has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/2), has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 461k dots) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12
4 years newer
$2,042

Significant advantages of the G12 (vs the A640)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 461k dots vs 115k dots

Significant disadvantages of the G12 (vs the A640)

  • None found

common strengths of the G12 and A640

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Flip-out screens
  • Support external flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
1 year newer
$778

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX3 (vs the A640)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/2 vs f/2.8

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX3 (vs the A640)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DMC-LX3 and A640

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Support external flash

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A640 compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has a screen which flips out, is much smaller (mid size (109×66×49 mm) vs professional size (152×116×76 mm)), is thinner (1.9" vs 3"), is much lighter (315 g vs 950 g) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3.2"), has a much lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 22.3 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
5 years newer
$2,300 (body only)
$2,844 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the A640)

  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 2.5"
  • Has a through-the-lens viewfinder: Pentaprism vs Tunnel
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 115k dots

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the A640)

  • Much larger: Professional size (152×116×76 mm) vs Mid size (109×66×49 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.9"
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the 5D Mark III and A640

  • None found

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A640 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.3), is slightly smaller (mid size (109×66×49 mm) vs professional size (116×84×103 mm)), has a screen which flips out, is thinner (1.9" vs 4.1") and is slightly lighter (315 g vs 565 g).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 920k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.5 fps vs 10 fps).

Nikon Coolpix P600

Nikon Coolpix P600
7 years newer
$700

Significant advantages of the P600 (vs the A640)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 115k dots

Significant disadvantages of the P600 (vs the A640)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.3 vs f/2.8
  • Larger: Professional size (125×85×107 mm) vs Mid size (109×66×49 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 4.2" vs 1.9"

common strengths of the P600 and A640

  • Fairly small: Professional size (125×85×107 mm) vs Mid size (109×66×49 mm)
  • Light weight: 565 g vs 315 g
  • Thin: 4.2" vs 1.9"

Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500
4 years newer
$546

Significant advantages of the P500 (vs the A640)

  • Much better wide angle: 23 mm vs 35 mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 115k dots
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the P500 (vs the A640)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • No external flash support
  • Significantly thicker: 4.1" vs 1.9"

common strengths of the P500 and A640

  • Fairly small: Professional size (116×84×103 mm) vs Mid size (109×66×49 mm)
  • Light weight: 481 g vs 315 g
  • Thin: 4.1" vs 1.9"

Olympus SP-570 UZ

Olympus SP-570 UZ
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the SP-570 UZ (vs the A640)

  • Much better wide angle: 26 mm vs 35 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SP-570 UZ (vs the A640)

  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the SP-570 UZ and A640

  • Very small: Prosumer size (116×79×78 mm) vs Mid size (109×66×49 mm)
  • Very light: 405 g vs 315 g
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.9"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A640 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.2), has a screen which flips out, has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none), supports an external flash and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (4x vs 18x), has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 460k dots) and is much larger (mid size (109×66×49 mm) vs compact (105×59×25 mm)).

Samsung WB750

Samsung WB750
5 years newer
$446

Significant advantages of the WB750 (vs the A640)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    2. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much smaller: Compact (105×59×25 mm) vs Mid size (109×66×49 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the WB750 (vs the A640)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the WB750 and A640

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors the Canon A640 records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes much lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 24 MP).

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
7 years newer
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the A640)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 115k dots

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the A640)

  • None found

common strengths of the A6000 and A640

  • Fairly small: Mid size (120×67×45 mm) vs Mid size (109×66×49 mm)
  • Light weight: 285 g vs 315 g
  • Thin: 1.8" vs 1.9"

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A640 compared to compact competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.8 vs f/3.5), has a screen which flips out, has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none), supports an external flash and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2500 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 21 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 460k dots), is much larger (mid size (109×66×49 mm) vs compact (101×64×32 mm)) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860
8 years newer
$324

Significant advantages of the TG-860 (vs the A640)

  • Much better wide angle: 21 mm vs 35 mm
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the TG-860 (vs the A640)

  • No external flash support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the TG-860 and A640

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Flip-out screens

Canon PowerShot A2000 IS

Canon PowerShot A2000 IS
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the A2000 IS (vs the A640)

  • Much smaller: Compact (101×64×32 mm) vs Mid size (109×66×49 mm)
  • Larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much thinner: 1.3" vs 1.9"

Significant disadvantages of the A2000 IS (vs the A640)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • No external flash support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the A2000 IS and A640

  • Each has a built-in flash