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

Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
24 ms shutter lag
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/2500 of a second
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax Optio W60

Waterproof
Waterproof
Great at the beach

Items often bought with the VS20 or W60

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differences

Advantages of the Pentax VS20

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" 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
$139.00 vs $299.99
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The best price we've seen is $161 cheaper (2.2x less)
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Advantages of the Pentax W60

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Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Size
Slightly smaller
98×56×25 mm vs 111×61×38 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Waterproof
Waterproof
Yes vs No
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Great for vacations and holidays at the beach, or around the pool
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
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              VS20720p @ 30fps
              W60720p @ 15fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Travel zoom

              $119

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $228 - $258

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity

              Pentax Optio VS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $217

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $207

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $213 - $298

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $195 - $209

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 140 IS

              Travel zoom

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

              Pentax Optio W60 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Nikon Coolpix AW100

              Waterproof

              $260

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Pentax Optio W80

              Pentax Optio W80

              Waterproof

              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Pentax Optio WG-1

              Waterproof

              $212

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen size Larger screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Size Slightly larger
              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Fujifilm FinePix XP60

              Waterproof

              $200

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Pentax Optio WG-2

              Pentax Optio WG-2

              Waterproof

              $5,351

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Size Slightly larger

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