Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 vs Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

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Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

Really small
Size
Super compact (94×56×22 mm)
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thin
Thickness
0.9"
Long exposures
Longest exposure
30 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Screen size
Large screen
3"
Size
Really small
Compact (95×56×24 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens

Items often bought with the Sony DSC-W690 or Canon A4000 IS

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differences

Advantages of the Canon A4000 IS

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Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3 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)
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-W690

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Wide angle
Significantly 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
Battery life
Longer battery life
220 shots vs 175 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
10x vs 8x
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Around 60% more zoom
Size
Slightly smaller
94×56×22 mm vs 95×56×24 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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 2 f-stops better
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              A4000 IS95×56×24 mm
              DSC-W69094×56×22 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Weight Light weight Help
              A4000 IS145 g
              DSC-W690142 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.9"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A4000 IS$135.98
              DSC-W690$140.21
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              A4000 IS175 shots
              DSC-W690220 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              A4000 IS1,600 ISO
              DSC-W6903,200 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              A4000 IS720p @ 25fps
              DSC-W690720p @ 30fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              A4000 IS8x
              DSC-W69010x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $111 - $128

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Samsung WB35F

              Samsung WB35F

              Travel zoom

              $77 - $110

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $144

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $169

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Samsung ST150F

              Samsung ST150F

              Ultra compact

              $128

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Thickness Is thinner
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 (IXUS 160)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 (IXUS 160)

              Travel zoom

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Compact

              $116

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Compact

              $120

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $165

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $352

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $140

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Zoom Much more zoom
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $88 - $96

              Size Significantly smaller
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Thickness Much thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $98 - $110

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Samsung DV300F

              Samsung DV300F

              Ultra compact

              $250

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures

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