Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS vs Canon IXUS 230 HS

Canon IXUS 220 HS

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Reasons to buy the Canon IXUS 220 HS

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS over the Canon IXUS 220 HS.
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon A4000 IS

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Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Zoom Slightly more zoom 8x vs 5x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
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Advantages of the Canon IXUS 220 HS

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 25fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.7 vs f/3.0
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At its widest zoom, the IXUS 220 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Size Smaller 92x55x19 mm vs 95x56x24 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The IXUS 220 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness Thinner 0.8" vs 0.9"
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Around 20% thinner
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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        A4000 IS:95x56x24 mm
        IXUS 220 HS:92x55x19 mm
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Lens
        Weight Light weight Help
        A4000 IS:145 g
        IXUS 220 HS:141 g
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon IXUS 125 HS

        Canon PowerShot IXUS 125 HS

        Compact

        $300 - $419

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Travel zoom

        $421

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Canon IXUS 115 HS

        Canon IXUS 115 HS

        Compact

        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $279

        Zoom Has much more zoom
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon IXUS 510 HS

        Canon PowerShot IXUS 510 HS

        Ultra compact

        $233 - $297

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

        Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

        Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

        Compact

        $97

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Smaller
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Compact

        $79

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

        Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

        Compact

        $90 - $115

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Smaller
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Canon IXUS 135

        Canon IXUS 135

        Travel zoom

        $292

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Size Smaller
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

        Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

        Travel zoom

        $138

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture

        Canon IXUS 220 HS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Travel zoom

        $179 - $204

        Screen size Larger screen
        Zoom More zoom
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Canon PowerShot S120

        Canon PowerShot S120

        Pro digicam

        $449 - $451

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Size Significantly larger
        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $220 - $249

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Size Larger
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Canon IXUS 230 HS

        Canon IXUS 230 HS

        Travel zoom

        Screen size Larger screen
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Aperture Narrower aperture

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