Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon IXUS 230 HS vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

Sony Cyber-shot WX50 vs Canon IXUS 220 HS

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

65

Canon IXUS 220 HS

57

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot WX50

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.6
Really small
Size
Ultra compact 92x52x19 mm
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Canon IXUS 220 HS

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.7
Size
Really small
Super compact 92x55x19 mm

differences

Advantages of the Canon IXUS 220 HS

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony WX50

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The WX50's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$236.27 vs $866.60
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The best price we've seen is $630 cheaper (3.7x less)
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/2.6 vs f/2.7
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At its widest zoom, the WX50's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
Size
Slightly smaller
92x52x19 mm vs 92x55x19 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
117 g vs 141 g
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Around 20% lighter
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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
              IXUS 220 HS:92x55x19 mm
              WX50:92x52x19 mm
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              IXUS 220 HS:f/2.7
              WX50:f/2.6
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Thickness Thin Help
              IXUS 220 HS:0.8"
              WX50:0.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              IXUS 220 HS:141 g
              WX50:117 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Travel zoom

              $419

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $218 - $268

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon IXUS 125 HS

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 125 HS

              Compact

              $111

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon IXUS 500 HS

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 500 HS

              Ultra compact

              $180

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Canon IXUS 220 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $579

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

              Canon IXUS 230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $256

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon IXUS 310 HS

              Canon IXUS 310 HS

              Pro digicam

              $375

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Canon IXUS 155

              Canon IXUS 155

              Travel zoom

              $118

              Zoom More zoom
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $158

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Sony Cybershot WX60

              Sony Cybershot WX60

              Travel zoom

              $158

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Travel zoom

              $168

              Screen size Larger screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony DSC WX100

              Sony DSC WX100

              Travel zoom

              $236

              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

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              Canon IXUS 220 HS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50
              Canon IXUS 220 HS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              discussion

              Canon IXUS 220 HS
              IXUS 220 HS
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