Canon PowerShot A630

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A630

Really small
Size
Mid size 109x66x49 mm
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A640

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Size
Really small
Mid size 109x66x49 mm
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$649.00 vs $849.99
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The best price we've seen is $201 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              1400 ms startup delay
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have tunnel viewfinders Help
              Tunnel
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              A630:$649.00
              A640:$849.99
              Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
              Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              A630:520 ms
              A640:580 ms
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              35 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              800 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              A630:1.8 fps
              A640:1.5 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              115k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.5"
              Movie format Movie support Help
              480p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A590 IS

              Canon PowerShot A590 IS

              Digicam

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

              Ultra compact

              $199

              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Canon PowerShot A650 IS

              Canon PowerShot A650 IS

              Digicam

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $397 body only

              $429 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Placeholder

              Canon PowerShot A620

              Digicam

              $600

              Screen size Has a significantly smaller screen

              Canon PowerShot A630 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX10 IS

              Super zoom

              $700

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX3

              Compact

              $319

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Smaller
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Canon PowerShot A710 IS

              Canon PowerShot A710 IS

              Digicam

              $500

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Slightly smaller
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              External flash No external flash support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $795 - $898

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Placeholder

              Canon PowerShot A610

              Digicam

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution

              Canon PowerShot A640 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $550 - $620 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $149 - $270

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot A810

              Canon PowerShot A810

              Compact

              $190

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon Rebel T4i

              Canon Rebel T4i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $525 - $700 body only

              $900 - $1,000 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier

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