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
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Size
Really small
Compact 106x59x33 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX20 IS

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Macro focus
Great macro
0 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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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
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 290 ms vs 540 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
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
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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
        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 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 SX200 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX200 IS

        Travel zoom

        $269

        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $329 - $567 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

        Super zoom

        $199 - $250

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon PowerShot S5 IS

        Canon PowerShot S5 IS

        Super zoom

        $800

        Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Canon PowerShot SX220 HS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $235 - $300

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

        Travel zoom

        $189 - $199

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

        Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

        Travel zoom

        $484 - $532

        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Canon PowerShot S120

        Canon PowerShot S120

        Pro digicam

        $449 - $451

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Zoom Slightly less zoom
        Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

        Travel zoom

        $330 - $389

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        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 SX30 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

        Super zoom

        $400 - $479

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

        Super zoom

        $551

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        External flash No external flash support
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $348 - $368

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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