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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A630

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A640

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon A630

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Shutter lag Less shutter lag 520 ms vs 580 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
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Advantages of the Canon A640

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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
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 10 MP vs 8 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
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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
Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
1 cm
External flash Support external flash Help
Better lighting
Sensor size Large sensors Help
1/1.8" 7.2x5.3mm
Viewfinder Both have tunnel viewfinders Help
Tunnel
Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
Lacks boost light sensitivity
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
A630:520 ms
A640:580 ms
Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
CCD
Screen size Very small screens Help
2.5"
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
800 ISO
Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
35 mm
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
A630:1.8 fps
A640:1.5 fps
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
115k dots
Movie format Movie support Help
480p @ 30fps
3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
No 3d support
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported
Zoom Poor zoom Help
4x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot A720 IS

Canon PowerShot A720 IS

Digicam

Image stabilization Has image stabilization
External flash Doesn't support an external flash
Sensor size Has a slightly smaller sensor
Canon PowerShot A650 IS

Canon PowerShot A650 IS

Digicam

$680

Image stabilization Has image stabilization
True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
External flash Doesn't support an external flash
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

Pro digicam

$698

Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
Movie format Records higher quality movies
Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
Canon PowerShot A570 IS

Canon PowerShot A570 IS

Compact

Image stabilization Has image stabilization
Weight Is slightly lighter
External flash Doesn't support an external flash
Sensor size Has a slightly smaller sensor

Canon PowerShot A630 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Placeholder

Canon PowerShot A510

Compact

Aperture Wider aperture
Size Smaller
Screen size Much smaller screen
True resolution Much lower true resolution
Placeholder

Canon PowerShot A620

Digicam

Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Weight Slightly lighter
Screen size Much smaller screen
True resolution Lower true resolution
Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS

Canon PowerShot SD3500 IS

Compact

Screen size Much larger screen
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Macro focus Worse macro capability
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$548

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
Samsung ST72

Samsung ST72

Ultra compact

$110 - $147

Wide angle Much better wide angle
Screen size Much larger screen
Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
Sensor size Smaller sensor

Canon PowerShot A640 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12

Pro digicam

$629

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Size Slightly larger
Canon PowerShot S5 IS

Canon PowerShot S5 IS

Super zoom

$589

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Shutter lag Less shutter lag
Size Larger
True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
Canon Powershot SX40

Canon Powershot SX40

Super zoom

$319 - $390

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide angle Much better wide angle
Size Much larger
Thickness Significantly thicker
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$647 body only

$650 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

Sensor size Much larger sensor
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Size Significantly larger
Weight Significantly heavier
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$280 - $350

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide angle Much better wide angle
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Startup delay Significantly more startup delay

appearance

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discussion

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