Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot A1300 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

Sony Cybershot W510 vs Canon PowerShot A1200

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-W510

51

Canon PowerShot A1200

36

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot W510

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
26 mm
Really small
Size
Super compact 96x54x19 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Digital, Lens
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A1200

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
550 ms shutter lag
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard

galleries

Explore our gallery of 28 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot A1200. Explore our gallery of 14 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-W510.

differences

Advantages of the Canon A1200

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
550 ms vs 810 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
720p @ 24fps vs 480p @ 30fps
Help
Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video but at a lower frame rate
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
Help
A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 4 cm
Help
Focus on subjects around 30% closer to the lens
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 2s
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7.5x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Slightly faster max shutter speed
1/1600s vs 1/1500s
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Around 10% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony W510

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Digital, Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Size
Significantly smaller
96x54x19 mm vs 99x63x30 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Wide angle
Better wide angle
26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.8" vs 1.2"
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More than 30% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
119 g vs 185 g
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Around 40% lighter
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/2.8
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The W510's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$124.88 vs $189.00
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The best price we've seen is $64 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              A1200f/2.8
              W510f/2.7
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              A12001/1600s
              W5101/1500s
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              A1200550 ms
              W510810 ms
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              A12001 fps
              W5101.2 fps
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              A1200720p @ 24fps
              W510480p @ 30fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              A12001,600 ISO
              W5103,200 ISO
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              A12004x
              W5104.4x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $180

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Sony DSC-S5000

              Sony DSC-S5000

              Compact

              $98

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot A1200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A1400

              Canon PowerShot A1400

              Compact

              $119 - $150

              Size Smaller
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot A1100 IS

              Canon PowerShot A1100 IS

              Compact

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Compact

              $139

              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Significantly thinner
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot A810

              Canon PowerShot A810

              Compact

              $160

              Size Smaller
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot A1300

              Canon PowerShot A1300

              Compact

              Size Smaller
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W510 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Thickness Much thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Compact

              $108

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320

              Ultra compact

              $132

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $282 - $348

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-F3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-F3

              Compact

              $150

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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