Canon A4000 IS vs Sony WX5

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5 front

Canon A4000 IS vs Sony WX5 Key Specs

Canon A4000 IS
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 145g - 95 x 56 x 24mm
  • Released February 2012
Sony WX5
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.8" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.4-5.9) lens
  • 146g - 92 x 52 x 22mm
  • Announced July 2010
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Canon A4000 IS vs Sony WX5 Overview

Below, we will be analyzing the Canon A4000 IS versus Sony WX5, both Small Sensor Compact digital cameras by rivals Canon and Sony. There exists a sizable gap between the resolutions of the A4000 IS (16MP) and WX5 (12MP) but they come with the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The A4000 IS was announced 20 months later than the WX5 which makes the cameras a generation apart from one another. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving in to a thorough comparison, below is a quick view of how the A4000 IS grades against the WX5 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Canon A4000 IS over the Sony WX5

 A4000 IS WX5 
AnnouncedFebruary 2012July 2010More recent by 20 months
Screen dimension3"2.8"Bigger screen (+0.2")

Reasons to pick Sony WX5 over the Canon A4000 IS

 WX5 A4000 IS 
Screen resolution461k230kSharper screen (+231k dot)

Common features in the Canon A4000 IS and Sony WX5

 A4000 IS WX5 
Manual focus Lack of manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch screen Neither comes with Touch screen

Canon A4000 IS vs Sony WX5 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to lug around your camera frequently, you will need to think about its weight and dimensions. The Canon A4000 IS comes with physical measurements of 95mm x 56mm x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") and a weight of 145 grams (0.32 lbs) whilst the Sony WX5 has dimensions of 92mm x 52mm x 22mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.9") having a weight of 146 grams (0.32 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will change depending on the lens you are using at that time. The following is the front view proportions comparison of the A4000 IS vs the WX5.

Canon A4000 IS vs Sony WX5 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the A4000 IS and WX5 is 95 and 95 respectively.

Canon A4000 IS vs Sony WX5 top view buttons comparison

Canon A4000 IS vs Sony WX5 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very difficult to imagine the difference between sensor measurements simply by going over specifications. The visual here may provide you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the A4000 IS and WX5.

To sum up, both of the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit different MP. You can expect the Canon A4000 IS to offer you more detail with its extra 4 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also help you crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The more recent A4000 IS provides an edge in sensor innovation.

Canon A4000 IS vs Sony WX5 sensor size comparison

Canon A4000 IS vs Sony WX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon A4000 IS vs Sony WX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Canon A4000 IS
Portrait photography with Sony WX5
megapixel count decent (16MP)
features face detection autofocus
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
cannot use external flash
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
lack of manual focus
manual mode not possible
can't use external flash
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon A4000 IS
Street photography with Sony WX5
built in image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Canon A4000 IS Sports photography highlights
Sony WX5 Sports photography highlights
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
features tracking autofocus
continuous shooting slow (1.0 fps)
no shutter priority
very small sensor (1/2.3")
bad battery life (175 CIPA)
has no phase detect autofocus
image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking focus
lack of shutter priority mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon A4000 IS Travel photography details
Sony WX5 Travel photography details
megapixel count decent (16MP)
flash built-in
pretty wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
bad battery life (175 shots)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
built-in flash
really wide (24mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
low MP (12 megapixels)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon A4000 IS Landscape photography features
Sony WX5 Landscape photography features
pretty wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
no manual control
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
bad battery life (175 CIPA)
lack of Time Lapse function
really wide (24mm)
decent sized screen (2.8 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.4)
manual mode not possible
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Canon A4000 IS
Vlogging with Sony WX5
pretty wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection autofocus
slow maximum aperture (f3.0)
screen is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
lack of external mic socket
really wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
great video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.4)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
lack of mic support
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Canon A4000 IS vs Sony WX5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon A4000 IS and Sony WX5
 Canon PowerShot A4000 ISSony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5
General Information
Make Canon Sony
Model Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX5
Category Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Compact
Released 2012-02-07 2010-07-08
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - Bionz
Sensor type CCD BSI-CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 1600 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 125
RAW data
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 9 9
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-224mm (8.0x) 24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.0-5.9 f/2.4-5.9
Macro focus range 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 2.8 inches
Resolution of screen 230k dots 461k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Slowest shutter speed 15s 2s
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1600s
Continuous shooting rate 1.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 3.00 m 5.10 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (25 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (50 fps), 1440 x 1080 (50, 25fps), 1280 x 720 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (25 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format H.264 AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 145 gr (0.32 lb) 146 gr (0.32 lb)
Dimensions 95 x 56 x 24mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.9") 92 x 52 x 22mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Battery life 175 photos -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery model NB-11L NP-BN1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/ SDHC/ SDXC, Memory Stick Duo/Pro Duo, Internal
Card slots One One
Launch pricing $199 $250