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

Canon PowerShot SX160 IS vs Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Winner
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
Large screen
Screen size
3"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/3
Screen size
Large screen
3"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS.
Explore our gallery of 47 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX160 IS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon A4000 IS

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3 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
95×56×24 mm vs 111×73×44 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
$142.98 vs $198.95
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The best price we've seen is $56 cheaper (around 30% 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
Faster max shutter speed
1/3200s vs 1/2000s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
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recommendations

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
              1.0 cm
              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
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 25fps

              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
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $295

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $119

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Screen size Has a significantly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $237

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $223

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $115

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Compact

              $99

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon ELPH 115 HS

              Canon ELPH 115 HS

              Travel zoom

              $128

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $139

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $180

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $170

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $150

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $320

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $175

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

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