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

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot W570

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.6
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
250 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 
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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 Significantly 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 Cheaper $92.80 vs $152.55
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The best price we've seen is $60 cheaper (around 40% 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
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
Battery life Longer battery life 220 shots vs 180 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
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 Common Weaknesses
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              A3400 IS:f/2.8
              W570:f/2.6
              Size Fairly small Help
              A3400 IS:95x56x21 mm
              W570:91x51x19 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.8"
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              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
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Compact

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Compact

              $94

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Samsung DV150F

              Samsung DV150F

              Ultra compact

              $91 - $109

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

              Compact

              $115

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $159

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $81 - $180

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $79 - $126

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Weight Lighter
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Compact

              $97 - $108

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Compact

              $72

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Canon IXUS 132

              Canon IXUS 132

              Travel zoom

              $99

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W570 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Travel zoom

              $92

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W580

              Sony Cybershot W580

              Compact

              $108

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W350

              Ultra compact

              $255

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Slightly smaller
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

              Travel zoom

              $177

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

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