Sony CyberShot DSC-W730 vs Canon PowerShot A2500

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Reasons to buy the Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A2500

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8

differences

Advantages of the Canon A2500

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the A2500's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Battery life
Longer battery life
220 shots vs 200 shots
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10% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.8" vs 0.9"
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Around 10% thinner
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 2s
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7.5x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-W730

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Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
8x vs 5x
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More than 2.5x more zoom
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DSC-W730's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$118.95 vs $136.93
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The best price we've seen is $18 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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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
              A2500:98x56x21 mm
              DSC-W730:93x52x23 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              A2500:125 g
              DSC-W730:122 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              A2500:0.8"
              DSC-W730:0.9"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A2500:$136.93
              DSC-W730:$118.95
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              A2500:0.8 fps
              DSC-W730:1 fps
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              A2500:220 shots
              DSC-W730:200 shots
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              A2500:720p @ 25fps
              DSC-W730:720p @ 30fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $175

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $122

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Compact

              $112

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $161

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Compact

              $140

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon IXUS 132

              Canon IXUS 132

              Travel zoom

              $109

              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

              Canon PowerShot A2500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Compact

              $102

              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Compact

              $118

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Compact

              $120

              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Slightly smaller
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Compact

              $117

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Slightly smaller
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $119

              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $96 - $98

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot WX60

              Sony Cybershot WX60

              Travel zoom

              $158

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $158

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

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