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Advantages of the Canon A490

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
37 mm vs 38 mm
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Almost the same
True resolution
Higher true resolution
9.8 MP vs 8 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3 vs f/3.1
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Almost the same
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm vs 1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
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Advantages of the Nikon S210

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Size
Significantly smaller
90×56×18 mm vs 94×62×31 mm
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2x smaller
Thickness
Much thinner
0.7" vs 1.2"
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More than 40% thinner
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
230k dots vs 115k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Weight
Lighter
140 g vs 175 g
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20% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
2,000 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S210's maximum light sensitivity is 0.6 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Weight Light weight Help
              A490175 g
              S210140 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              A4901.2"
              S2100.7"
              Common Weaknesses
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              A4901,600 ISO
              S2102,000 ISO
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              A49037 mm
              S21038 mm
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              A490115k dots
              S210230k dots
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              A4903.3x
              S2103x

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