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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A630

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
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
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 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
Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
1400 ms startup delay
External flash Support external flash Help
Better lighting
Viewfinder Both have tunnel viewfinders Help
Tunnel
Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
A630:520 ms
A640:580 ms
Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
Lacks boost light sensitivity
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
CCD
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
35 mm
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Screen size Very small screens Help
2.5"
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
800 ISO
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
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported
Zoom Poor zoom Help
4x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot A650 IS

Canon PowerShot A650 IS

Digicam

Image stabilization Has image stabilization
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
External flash Doesn't support an external flash
Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
Placeholder

Canon PowerShot A620

Digicam

Screen size Has a significantly smaller screen
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Super zoom

$399 - $400

Zoom Has way more more zoom
Movie format Records higher quality movies
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Placeholder

Canon PowerShot A610

Digicam

True resolution Takes significantly lower resolution photos
Screen size Has a significantly smaller screen
Canon PowerShot A590 IS

Canon PowerShot A590 IS

Digicam

Image stabilization Has image stabilization
Weight Is slightly lighter
External flash Doesn't support an external flash
Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$220 - $299

Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
Movie format Records higher quality movies
Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
External flash Doesn't support an external flash

Canon PowerShot A630 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Pro digicam

$219

Wide angle Much better wide angle
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$278 body only

$392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Autofocus Faster autofocus
Size Significantly larger
Weight Heavier
Canon PowerShot A720 IS

Canon PowerShot A720 IS

Digicam

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Size Slightly smaller
Sensor size Smaller sensor
External flash No external flash support

Canon PowerShot A640 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix P5100

Nikon Coolpix P5100

Digicam

Image stabilization Image stabilization
True resolution Higher true resolution
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12

Pro digicam

$671

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide angle Much better wide angle
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 Much less shutter lag
Size Larger
True resolution Lower true resolution
Nikon Coolpix L830

Nikon Coolpix L830

Super zoom

$227

Wide angle Much better wide angle
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Size Larger
Aperture Narrower aperture
Nikon Coolpix P50

Nikon Coolpix P50

Digicam

Wide angle Much better wide angle
Size Slightly smaller
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

appearance

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discussion

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