Pentax Optio VS20 vs Pentax Optio W60

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Pentax Optio VS20

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Pentax Optio W60

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Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio VS20

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
24 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio W60

Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Waterproof
Waterproof
Great at the beach

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differences

Advantages of the Pentax VS20

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the VS20's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
20x vs 5x
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16x more zoom
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/2500s vs 1/1500s
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40% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$193.99 vs $264.95
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The best price we've seen is $71 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Pentax W60

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Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Waterproof
Waterproof
Yes vs No
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Great for vacations and holidays at the beach, or around the pool
Size
Slightly smaller
98x56x25 mm vs 111x61x38 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1" vs 1.5"
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More than 30% thinner
Weight
Lighter
165 g vs 235 g
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Around 30% lighter
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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

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization One has image stabilization Help
              VS20Sensor shift
              W60None
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              VS20720p @ 30fps
              W60720p @ 15fps
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $180

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Light sensitivity Significantly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX7

              Sony Cybershot WX7

              Compact

              $332

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Pentax Optio VS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,357 body only

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Samsung NX Mini

              Samsung NX Mini

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $371 body only

              $348 - $439 with 9-27mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Lowest price More expensive
              Pentax Optio RZ18

              Pentax Optio RZ18

              Travel zoom

              $160

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $218

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS

              Travel zoom

              $179

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Pentax Optio W60 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax Optio W80

              Pentax Optio W80

              Waterproof

              $399

              Lowest price More expensive
              Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

              Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS

              Waterproof

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $245

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

              Waterproof

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Samsung ST6500

              Samsung ST6500

              Compact

              $122

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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