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

Canon IXUS 220 HS vs Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Winner
Canon IXUS 220 HS

56

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

49

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon IXUS 220 HS

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.7
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
 

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" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$142.98 vs $173.97
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The best price we've seen is $31 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Canon IXUS 220 HS

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
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At its widest zoom, the IXUS 220 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Size
Smaller
92×56×20 mm vs 95×56×24 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 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 0.9"
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Around 20% 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
              A4000 IS95×56×24 mm
              IXUS 220 HS92×56×20 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Weight Light weight Help
              A4000 IS145 g
              IXUS 220 HS141 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              A4000 IS0.9"
              IXUS 220 HS0.8"
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              A4000 IS1,600 ISO
              IXUS 220 HS3,200 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 125 HS

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 125 HS

              Compact

              $173 - $188

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon IXUS 155

              Canon IXUS 155

              Travel zoom

              $189

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Digital IXUS 130 IS

              Canon Digital IXUS 130 IS

              Ultra compact

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Travel zoom

              Thickness Is thicker
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $320

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $223

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon ELPH 115 HS

              Canon ELPH 115 HS

              Travel zoom

              $128

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $237

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $167

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $118 - $128

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

              Canon IXUS 220 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Travel zoom

              $187

              Screen size Larger screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $589

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon IXUS 230 HS

              Canon IXUS 230 HS

              Travel zoom

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon IXUS 115 HS

              Canon IXUS 115 HS

              Compact

              $243

              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Travel zoom

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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