Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot A3500 IS vs Sony Cybershot DSC-W570

Sony Cybershot W570

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-W570

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Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

54

Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot W570

In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
250 ms shutter lag
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon A3400 IS

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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 2s
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7.5x longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$109.99 vs $145.46
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The best price we've seen is $35 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Sony W570

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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
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.6 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the W570's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Size
Smaller
91x51x19 mm vs 95x56x21 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Battery life
Longer battery life
220 shots vs 180 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The W570's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight
Lighter
116 g vs 145 g
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20% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.8" vs 0.8"
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Around 10% thinner
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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              A3400 IS:95x56x21 mm
              W570:91x51x19 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.8"
              Weight Light weight Help
              A3400 IS:145 g
              W570:116 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A3400 IS:$109.99
              W570:$145.46
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              A3400 IS:180 shots
              W570:220 shots
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              A3400 IS:720p @ 25fps
              W570:720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

              Compact

              $139

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $229

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $123

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Compact

              $80 - $124

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot A1400

              Canon PowerShot A1400

              Compact

              $174

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $99 - $182

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $199

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W570 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Travel zoom

              $100

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $68 - $70

              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Thickness Much thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Compact

              $167

              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $186

              Screen size Larger screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W580

              Sony Cybershot W580

              Compact

              $104 - $106

              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Size Slightly larger

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