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Canon A4000 IS vs Samsung HZ15W

Portability
95
Imaging
39
Features
29
Overall
35
Canon PowerShot A4000 IS front
 
Samsung HZ15W front
Portability
90
Imaging
35
Features
31
Overall
33

Canon A4000 IS vs Samsung HZ15W Key Specs

Canon A4000 IS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 145g - 95 x 56 x 24mm
  • Announced February 2012
Samsung HZ15W
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-240mm (F3.3-5.8) lens
  • 249g - 105 x 61 x 37mm
  • Announced February 2009
  • Alternate Name is WB550
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Canon A4000 IS vs Samsung HZ15W Overview

Here, we are matching up the Canon A4000 IS vs Samsung HZ15W, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by competitors Canon and Samsung. There exists a considerable gap between the resolutions of the A4000 IS (16MP) and HZ15W (12MP) but both cameras have the identical sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The A4000 IS was released 2 years after the HZ15W which is quite a large difference as far as technology is concerned. The two cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before we go right into a full comparison, here is a short summation of how the A4000 IS matches up vs the HZ15W in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon A4000 IS over the Samsung HZ15W

 A4000 IS HZ15W 
AnnouncedFebruary 2012February 2009Newer by 36 months

Reasons to pick Samsung HZ15W over the Canon A4000 IS

 HZ15W A4000 IS 
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing
Display resolution460k230kClearer display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Canon A4000 IS and Samsung HZ15W

 A4000 IS HZ15W 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display measurements
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Canon A4000 IS vs Samsung HZ15W Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to travel with your camera, you will want to consider its weight and size. The Canon A4000 IS features external measurements of 95mm x 56mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") accompanied by a weight of 145 grams (0.32 lbs) and the Samsung HZ15W has specifications of 105mm x 61mm x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 249 grams (0.55 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you use at that time. Underneath is a front view dimensions comparison of the A4000 IS against the HZ15W.

Canon A4000 IS vs Samsung HZ15W size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the A4000 IS and HZ15W is 95 and 90 respectively.

Canon A4000 IS vs Samsung HZ15W top view buttons comparison

Canon A4000 IS vs Samsung HZ15W Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be difficult to see the difference between sensor dimensions merely by checking specs. The picture here will give you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the A4000 IS and HZ15W.

As you can plainly see, both the cameras feature the identical sensor size but not the same MP. You can anticipate the Canon A4000 IS to give you greater detail as a result of its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also enable you to crop photos way more aggressively. The more modern A4000 IS will have an advantage when it comes to sensor tech.

Canon A4000 IS vs Samsung HZ15W sensor size comparison

Canon A4000 IS vs Samsung HZ15W Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A4000 IS vs Samsung HZ15W Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon A4000 IS Portrait photography information
Samsung HZ15W Portrait photography information
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decent MP (16 megapixels)
comes with face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
external flash not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
32
you can focus manually
offers face detect focusing
manual mode not available
can't use external flash
low MP (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Canon A4000 IS Street photography features
Samsung HZ15W Street photography features
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
53
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen does not articulate
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
more heavy than average (249g)
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Sports Comparison

Canon A4000 IS Sports photography features
Samsung HZ15W Sports photography features
38
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
comes with tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
not so great battery pack (175 CIPA)
has no phase detect AF
27
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority
low MP (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Canon A4000 IS as a Travel photography camera
Samsung HZ15W as a Travel photography camera
62
decent MP (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
pretty wide (28mm)
no Timelapse function
not so great battery pack (175 per charge)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
54
built-in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
missing Timelapse mode
more heavy than average (249 grams)
low MP (12MP)
does not posses selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A4000 IS as a Landscape photography camera
Samsung HZ15W as a Landscape photography camera
41
pretty wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
no manual control
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
not so great battery pack (175 per charge)
no Timelapse function
41
you can focus manually
relatively wide (24mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
can't swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
manual mode not available
low MP (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon A4000 IS
Vlogging with Samsung HZ15W
31
pretty wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection focusing
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
no external microphone socket
29
relatively wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
offers face detect focusing
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
does not posses selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing microphone support
more heavy than average (249g)
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Canon A4000 IS vs Samsung HZ15W Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A4000 IS and Samsung HZ15W
 Canon PowerShot A4000 ISSamsung HZ15W
General Information
Company Canon Samsung
Model type Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Samsung HZ15W
Also called as - WB550
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2012-02-07 2009-02-23
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Max native ISO 1600 3200
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 9 -
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-224mm (8.0x) 24-240mm (10.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.0-5.9 f/3.3-5.8
Macro focusing range 1cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display diagonal 3" 3"
Resolution of display 230k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 15 secs 16 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames/s -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 3.00 m 4.70 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video file format H.264 Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 145 gr (0.32 lbs) 249 gr (0.55 lbs)
Physical dimensions 95 x 56 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 105 x 61 x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 175 shots -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery ID NB-11L -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (10 sec, 2 sec, Double, Motion Timer)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, internal
Card slots One One
Retail pricing $199 $330