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Advantages of the Canon SD870 IS

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the SD870 IS's lens captures slightly more light (1 f-stops)
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Smaller
93×59×26 mm vs 100×65×26 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/1600s vs 1/1200s
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Around 30% faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Olympus TG-610

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Waterproof
Waterproof
Yes vs No
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Great for vacations and holidays at the beach, or around the pool
True resolution
Higher true resolution
9.7 MP vs 8 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3.4 fps vs 1.3 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Weight
Slightly lighter
190 g vs 205 g
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Around 10% lighter
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
1/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm vs 1/2.5" 5.75x4.31mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Thickness Very thin Help
              1"
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              SD870 IS1/1600s
              TG-6101/1200s
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SD870 IS1.3 fps
              TG-6103.4 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SD870 IS3.8x
              TG-6105x

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              Canon PowerShot SD870 IS
              PowerShot SD870 IS
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