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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A630

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
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
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
 
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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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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
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        35 mm
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        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
        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 A650 IS

        Canon PowerShot A650 IS

        Digicam

        $680

        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 G12

        Canon PowerShot G12

        Pro digicam

        $509

        Movie format Records lower quality movies
        Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
        Startup delay Has much more startup delay
        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 S100

        Canon Powershot S100

        Pro digicam

        $278 - $400

        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 A720 IS

        Canon PowerShot A720 IS

        Digicam

        Image stabilization Has image stabilization
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash
        Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Canon PowerShot A630 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus Stylus 840

        Olympus Stylus 840

        Compact

        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        Screen size Larger screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Samsung Galaxy Camera

        Samsung Galaxy Camera

        Travel zoom

        $83 - $454

        Screen size Much larger screen
        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        External flash No external flash support
        Sensor size Smaller sensor
        Sony Cybershot DSC-W570

        Sony Cybershot W570

        Ultra compact

        $130

        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
        External flash No external flash support
        Canon PowerShot A1400

        Canon PowerShot A1400

        Compact

        $199

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        External flash No external flash support

        Canon PowerShot A640 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D70

        Nikon D70

        Pro DSLR

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Size Much larger
        Canon PowerShot S90

        Canon PowerShot S90

        Pro digicam

        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Startup delay More startup delay
        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $350 body only

        $315 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Built-in flash No built-in flash
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Placeholder

        Olympus SP-350

        Pro digicam

        Supports RAW Shoots RAW
        Size Slightly smaller
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Canon PowerShot A710 IS

        Canon PowerShot A710 IS

        Digicam

        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        Shutter lag Less shutter lag
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        True resolution Significantly lower true resolution

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