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Advantages of the Canon SD800 IS

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Size
Smaller
90×58×25 mm vs 93×59×26 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Weight
Slightly lighter
195 g vs 205 g
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Almost the same
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1" vs 1"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon SD870 IS

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
8 MP vs 7.1 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Size Very small Help
              SD800 IS90×58×25 mm
              SD870 IS93×59×26 mm
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              f/2.8
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Thickness Very thin Help
              1"
              Weight Light weight Help
              SD800 IS195 g
              SD870 IS205 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/1600 of a second
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SD800 IS1.7 fps
              SD870 IS1.3 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SD800 IS207k dots
              SD870 IS230k dots
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              SD800 IS7.1 MP
              SD870 IS8 MP
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              3.8x

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