Canon PowerShot SX220 HS vs Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

Really small
Size
Compact (106×59×33 mm)
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Macro focus
Great macro
0.0 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital

Items often bought with the SX220 HS or SX20 IS

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Advantages of the Canon SX220 HS

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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 size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
290 ms vs 540 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Size
Significantly smaller
106×59×33 mm vs 128×88×87 mm
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4.7x smaller
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Weight
Significantly 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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.2 fps vs 0.7 fps
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More than 4.5x faster continuous shooting
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 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$299.00 vs $489.00
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The best price we've seen is $190 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SX20 IS

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
0.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Almost the same
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)
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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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
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/3200 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX220 HS3.2 fps
              SX20 IS0.7 fps
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              SX220 HS290 ms
              SX20 IS540 ms
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX220 HS3,200 ISO
              SX20 IS1,600 ISO
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $305 - $350

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $268 - $349

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $230

              GPS Has a GPS
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Travel zoom

              $269

              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $205 - $249

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Battery life Longer battery life
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $394 - $480

              Zoom Much more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $700

              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Lowest price Much more expensive

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