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Advantages of the Canon IXUS 255 HS

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 37 mm
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Around 40% better wide angle
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The IXUS 255 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the IXUS 255 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Size
Smaller
97×56×23 mm vs 95×57×27 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6.2 fps vs 1.2 fps
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More than 5x faster continuous shooting
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
10x vs 5x
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4x more zoom
Weight
Lighter
144 g vs 195 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.9" vs 1.1"
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More than 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly 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 Canon SD890 IS

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
320 shots vs 200 shots
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60% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              IXUS 255 HS97×56×23 mm
              SD890 IS95×57×27 mm
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Thickness Thin Help
              IXUS 255 HS0.9"
              SD890 IS1.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              IXUS 255 HS6,400 ISO
              SD890 IS1,600 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              IXUS 255 HS6.2 fps
              SD890 IS1.2 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              IXUS 255 HS461k dots
              SD890 IS230k dots

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