Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot A2500 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Canon PowerShot A2300 IS over the Sony Cybershot DSC-W610.
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon A2300 IS

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
720p @ 25fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video but at a lower frame rate
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 4 cm
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Focus on subjects around 30% closer to the lens
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 1s
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15x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-W610

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Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Wide angle
Better wide angle
26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Battery life
Longer battery life
250 shots vs 175 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Size
Slightly smaller
93x52x19 mm vs 95x54x20 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSC-W610's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight
Slightly lighter
113 g vs 125 g
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Around 10% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.7" vs 0.8"
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Around 10% thinner
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recommendations

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
              Size Fairly small Help
              A2300 IS:95x54x20 mm
              DSC-W610:93x52x19 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              A2300 IS:0.8"
              DSC-W610:0.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              A2300 IS:125 g
              DSC-W610:113 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A2300 IS:$109.95
              DSC-W610:$97.99
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              A2300 IS:720p @ 25fps
              DSC-W610:480p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              A2300 IS:5x
              DSC-W610:4x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Compact

              $167

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Compact

              $70 - $88

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $115

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Compact

              $123

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $159

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $212

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Compact

              $140

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot W530

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

              Ultra compact

              $130

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $93

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

              Ultra compact

              $168

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $98 - $103

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W320

              Ultra compact

              $132

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

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              discussion

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              anonymos (2:04 PM, October 26, 2012)
              canon is best....