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

Size
Really small
Compact 106x59x33 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
290 ms shutter lag
 

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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differences

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
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Size Significantly smaller 106x59x33 mm vs 128x88x87 mm
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4.7x smaller
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
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 290 ms vs 540 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
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
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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
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)
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 0 cm vs 5 cm
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Almost the same
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
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        SX220 HS:290 ms
        SX20 IS:540 ms
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        SX220 HS:3.2 fps
        SX20 IS:0.7 fps
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Has much more zoom
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Travel zoom

        $329 - $354

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

        Travel zoom

        $149 - $180

        Lowest price Is much less expensive
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot G15

        Canon PowerShot G15

        Pro digicam

        $399 - $499

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Canon PowerShot SX220 HS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

        Travel zoom

        $399

        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Travel zoom

        $200

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

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $200 - $300

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $279

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        GPS Has a GPS
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

        Travel zoom

        $213

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Aperture Narrower aperture

        Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

        Super zoom

        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $230

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

        Super zoom

        $490

        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        External flash No external flash support
        Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

        Super zoom

        $191 - $275

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $290 body only

        $350 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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