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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Longest exposure
Long exposures
30 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon A4000 IS

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Aperture Wider aperture f/3.0 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the A4000 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Lowest price Cheaper $81.49 vs $177.00
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The best price we've seen is $96 cheaper (2.2x less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-W690

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Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Zoom Slightly more zoom 10x vs 8x
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Around 60% more zoom
Battery life Longer battery life 220 shots vs 175 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSC-W690's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Size Slightly smaller 94x56x22 mm vs 95x56x24 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness Thinner 0.9" vs 0.9"
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Around 10% thinner
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              A4000 IS:95x56x24 mm
              DSC-W690:94x56x22 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              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
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              A4000 IS:720p @ 25fps
              DSC-W690:720p @ 30fps

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Weight Light weight Help
              A4000 IS:145 g
              DSC-W690:142 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.9"
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              A4000 IS:175 shots
              DSC-W690:220 shots
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              A4000 IS:8x
              DSC-W690:10x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Travel zoom

              $92

              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $134

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $148 - $191

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Travel zoom

              $94 - $167

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $187

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $79 - $126

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Compact

              $94

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon ELPH 115 HS

              Canon ELPH 115 HS

              Travel zoom

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

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $159

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Zoom Less zoom
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Compact

              $94

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W650

              Compact

              $115

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Zoom Less zoom
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

              Travel zoom

              $230 - $328

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger

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