• 1/2.5 inch 24.7mm2
  • 8.0 megapixels
  • 35.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 23.00mm - 483.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon A590 IS advantages over Samsung WB850F

  • Less expensive
    $180 vs $379 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.76 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)

Samsung WB850F advantages over Canon A590 IS

  • Larger sensor
    1/2.3 inch vs 1/2.5 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More telephoto lens reach
    483 mm vs 140 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Thinner
    24 mm vs 41 mm
    Thinner
  • Newer
    7 years vs 11 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    614k vs 115k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    16.2 vs 8.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    23 mm vs 35 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    3200 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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The Competition

Compared to Canon A580

Canon A590 IS
Canon A580
  • $219
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Less shutter lag
  • $150
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Samsung WB850F
Canon A580
  • $486
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $150
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon E1

Canon A590 IS
Canon E1
  • $219
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Thinner
Samsung WB850F
Canon E1
  • $486
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon A1000 IS

Canon A590 IS
Canon A1000 IS
  • $219
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Manual focus
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Thinner
Samsung WB850F
Canon A1000 IS
  • $486
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Samsung Galaxy Camera

Canon A590 IS
Samsung Galaxy Camera
  • $219
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Bigger pixels
  • $359
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Touchscreen
Samsung WB850F
Samsung Galaxy Camera
  • $486
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Lighter weight
  • $359
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Thinner

Compared to Samsung WB800F

Canon A590 IS
Samsung WB800F
  • $219
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Touchscreen
Samsung WB850F
Samsung WB800F
  • $486
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Slow-motion videos
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
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