Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Size
Really small
Compact 106x59x33 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Battery life
Great battery life
340 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
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Advantages of the Canon SX220 HS

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size Significantly smaller 106x59x33 mm vs 128x88x87 mm
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4.7x smaller
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 290 ms vs 540 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Weight Much lighter 215 g vs 600 g
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2.8x lighter
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.3" vs 3.4"
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2.6x thinner
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The SX220 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.2 fps vs 0.7 fps
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More than 4.5x faster continuous shooting
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $289.62 vs $599.99
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The best price we've seen is $310 cheaper (2.1x less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX20 IS

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Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Macro focus Much better macro capability 0 cm vs 5 cm
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Almost the same
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the SX20 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 340 shots vs 210 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Zoom Slightly more zoom 20x vs 14x
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More than 2x more zoom
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX220 HS:3.2 fps
              SX20 IS:0.7 fps
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX220 HS:290 ms
              SX20 IS:540 ms
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $250

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $149 - $180

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $204

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $195

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              GPS Has a GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $250 - $300

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Travel zoom

              $432 - $446

              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Samsung WB150F

              Samsung WB150F

              Travel zoom

              $139 - $299

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $350

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

              Super zoom

              $420

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $447 - $449

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Nikon Coolpix P100

              Super zoom

              $398

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              External flash No external flash support

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