Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS vs Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS vs Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

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Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

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Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

Great battery life
Battery life
380 shots
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/3200 of a second
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/3.0
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens

differences

Advantages of the Canon A4000 IS

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.0 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the A4000 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Size
Smaller
95x56x24 mm vs 111x72x44 mm
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2.8x smaller
Weight
Lighter
145 g vs 291 g
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2x lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.9" vs 1.7"
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Around 50% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$121.68 vs $139.96
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The best price we've seen is $18 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX160 IS

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
380 shots vs 175 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
16x vs 8x
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4x more zoom
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A4000 IS:$121.68
              SX160 IS:$139.96
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 25fps
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $129 - $180

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $161

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $119

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $165 - $180

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $125

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Travel zoom

              $119

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Compact

              $110

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $159

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $220

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $199

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Lowest price More expensive

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $178

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Travel zoom

              $127

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot A1400

              Canon PowerShot A1400

              Compact

              $123 - $156

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Battery life Much shorter battery life

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