As well as being compared against other digicams, the Canon PowerShot A720 IS is also often compared to mirrorless, travel zooms, pro digicams, compacts, entry-level DSLRs and super zooms. The Canon PowerShot A720 IS's top rivals come from Canon (such as the PowerShot A610 and the PowerShot S120) and Casio (such as the Exilim ZR-200)

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A720 IS compared to other digicam competitors include: it has better image stabilization (lens vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a slightly lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 921k dots), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS), has a much shorter battery life (140 shots vs 400 shots) and doesn't have a built-in GPS.

Canon PowerShot A610

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2 years older
$732

Significant advantages of the A610 (vs the A720 IS)

  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the A610 (vs the A720 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2" vs 2.5"

common strengths of the A610 and A720 IS

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

Canon PowerShot A700

Canon PowerShot A700
1 year older

Significant advantages of the A700 (vs the A720 IS)

  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the A700 (vs the A720 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the A700 and A720 IS

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

Canon PowerShot A710 IS

Canon PowerShot A710 IS
1 year older

Significant advantages of the A710 IS (vs the A720 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the A710 IS (vs the A720 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the A710 IS and A720 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Both have tunnel viewfinders: Tunnel vs Tunnel

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
5 years newer
$445

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the A720 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 115k dots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the A720 IS)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.5 vs f/2.8
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the DSC-HX50V and A720 IS

  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Canon PowerShot A640

Canon PowerShot A640
1 year older

Significant advantages of the A640 (vs the A720 IS)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Supports an external flash

Significant disadvantages of the A640 (vs the A720 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the A640 and A720 IS

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

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A720 IS compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has image stabilization (lens vs none), is slightly smaller (mid size (97×67×42 mm) vs standard size (127×94×48 mm)), is slightly lighter (250 g vs 417 g) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it 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 1,229k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (8 MP vs 24 MP) and doesn't record movies in 24p.

Sony A7

Sony A7
6 years newer
$798 (body only)
$965 - $998 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7 (vs the A720 IS)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 115k dots
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the A7 (vs the A720 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the A7 and A720 IS

  • Light weight: 417 g vs 250 g
  • Thin: 1.9" vs 1.7"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A720 IS compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift) and has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it 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), is significantly larger (mid size (97×67×42 mm) vs compact (105×59×29 mm)) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.3 fps vs 30 fps).

Casio Exilim ZR-200

Casio Exilim EX-ZR200
4 years newer
$644

Significant advantages of the ZR-200 (vs the A720 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Much longer battery life: 480 shots vs 140 shots
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the ZR-200 (vs the A720 IS)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the ZR-200 and A720 IS

  • Light weight: 205 g vs 250 g

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A720 IS compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a marginally smaller sensor (1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm), has a significantly narrower aperture (f/2.8 vs f/1.8), has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3") and has a much lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 922k dots).

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
6 years newer
$1,331

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the A720 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Significantly wider aperture: f/1.8 vs f/2.8
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (vs the A720 IS)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the S120 and A720 IS

  • None found

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A720 IS compared to compact competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3.5"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 1,152k dots), is significantly larger (mid size (97×67×42 mm) vs compact (90×57×26 mm)), doesn't have a touch screen and has a slightly shorter battery life (140 shots vs 230 shots).

Canon PowerShot SD850 IS

Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
3 months older

Significant advantages of the SD850 IS (vs the A720 IS)

  • Much smaller: Compact (90×57×26 mm) vs Mid size (97×67×42 mm)
  • Much longer battery life: 230 shots vs 140 shots
  • Much thinner: 1" vs 1.7"

Significant disadvantages of the SD850 IS (vs the A720 IS)

  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1600 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the SD850 IS and A720 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Canon PowerShot A570 IS

Canon PowerShot A570 IS
5 months older
$380

Significant advantages of the A570 IS (vs the A720 IS)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the A570 IS (vs the A720 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the A570 IS and A720 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.6 vs f/2.8
  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Samsung CL65

Samsung CL65
1 year newer
$416

Significant advantages of the CL65 (vs the A720 IS)

  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,152k dots vs 115k dots
  • Much smaller: Super compact (100×61×19 mm) vs Mid size (97×67×42 mm)
  • Much larger screen: 3.5" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the CL65 (vs the A720 IS)

  • Narrower aperture: f/3.6 vs f/2.8
  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the CL65 and A720 IS

  • Each has a built-in flash
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A720 IS compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs none), has better image stabilization (lens vs sensor shift), is much smaller (mid size (97×67×42 mm) vs prosumer size (131×99×71 mm)), is thinner (1.7" vs 2.8") and is significantly lighter (250 g vs 572 g).

However, on average it has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 2.7"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 230k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (8 MP vs 10 MP), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (1.3 fps vs 3 fps) and has a much smaller sensor (1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.8mm).

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200
4 months newer

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A200 (vs the A720 IS)

  • Much higher true resolution: 10 MP vs 8 MP
  • Has a through-the-lens viewfinder: Pentamirror vs Tunnel
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A200 (vs the A720 IS)

  • Worse image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (131×99×71 mm) vs Mid size (97×67×42 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.8" vs 1.7"

common strengths of the DSLR-A200 and A720 IS

  • Thin: 2.8" vs 1.7"

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A720 IS compared to super zoom competitors include: it is slightly smaller (mid size (97×67×42 mm) vs prosumer size (117×80×78 mm)), is newer (august 2007 vs may 2007), is thinner (1.7" vs 3.1") and is slightly lighter (250 g vs 550 g).

However, on average it doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a slightly shorter battery life (140 shots vs 170 shots), doesn't support an external flash and has a slower max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/3200 of a second).

Canon PowerShot S5 IS

Canon PowerShot S5 IS
3 months older
$281

Significant advantages of the S5 IS (vs the A720 IS)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Supports an external flash
  • Significantly faster max shutter speed: 1/3200 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the S5 IS (vs the A720 IS)

  • Heavier: 550 g vs 250 g

common strengths of the S5 IS and A720 IS

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (117×80×78 mm) vs Mid size (97×67×42 mm)
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.7"
  • Light weight: 550 g vs 250 g