As well as being compared against other compacts, the Canon PowerShot A300 is also often compared to ultra compacts, pro digicams, mirrorless and travel zooms. The Canon PowerShot A300's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-W310 and the Cyber-shot DSC-W810) and Canon (such as the PowerShot S120 and the PowerShot S40)

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A300 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.6 vs f/1.8), has a much narrower wide angle lens (33 mm vs 24 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 3"), is much larger (compact (111×58×37 mm) vs super compact (95×59×20 mm)) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810
11 years newer
$100

Significant advantages of the DSC-W810 (vs the A300)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (93×53×23 mm) vs Compact (111×58×37 mm)
  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 1.5"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W810 (vs the A300)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the DSC-W810 and A300

  • None found

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120
10 years newer
$1,331

Significant advantages of the S120 (vs the A300)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.5"
  • Much smaller: Compact (100×59×29 mm) vs Compact (111×58×37 mm)
  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 33 mm

Significant disadvantages of the S120 (vs the A300)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the S120 and A300

  • None found

Nikon Coolpix A100

Nikon Coolpix A100
13 years newer
$100

Significant advantages of the Coolpix A100 (vs the A300)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (95×59×20 mm) vs Compact (111×58×37 mm)
  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 1.5"
  • Much better wide angle: 26 mm vs 33 mm

Significant disadvantages of the Coolpix A100 (vs the A300)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel

common strengths of the Coolpix A100 and A300

  • None found

compared toUltra compact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A300 compared to ultra compact competitors include: it has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly narrower aperture (f/3.6 vs f/3), has a much narrower wide angle lens (33 mm vs 28 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 2.7"), is much larger (compact (111×58×37 mm) vs ultra compact (95×55×19 mm)) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W310
6 years newer
$118

Significant advantages of the DSC-W310 (vs the A300)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-W310 (vs the A300)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-W310 and A300

  • None found

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A300 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a slightly wider wide angle lens (33 mm vs 35 mm), is newer (february 2003 vs october 2001) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower aperture (f/3.6 vs f/2.8), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 1.8") and slightly shorter exposures (1 seconds vs 15 seconds).

Canon PowerShot S40

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1 year older
$157

Significant advantages of the S40 (vs the A300)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the S40 (vs the A300)

  • None found

common strengths of the S40 and A300

  • None found

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A300 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none) and has a built-in flash.

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 15fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 3"), takes significantly lower resolution photos (3.1 MP vs 16 MP), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Sony NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R
9 years newer
$660 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 5R (vs the A300)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 1.5"
  • Has a touch screen
  • Supports 24p

Significant disadvantages of the 5R (vs the A300)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel
  • No built-in flash

common strengths of the 5R and A300

  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×59×39 mm) vs Compact (111×58×37 mm)
  • Light weight: 276 g vs 225 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.5"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A300 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a viewfinder (tunnel vs none) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/2000 of a second vs 1/1500 of a second).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (33 mm vs 25 mm), has a much smaller screen (1.5" vs 2.7"), is much larger (compact (111×58×37 mm) vs super compact (97×58×20 mm)), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (3.1 MP vs 9.7 MP).

Nikon Coolpix S3600

Nikon Coolpix S3600
11 years newer
$186

Significant advantages of the S3600 (vs the A300)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (97×58×20 mm) vs Compact (111×58×37 mm)
  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 1.5"
  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 33 mm

Significant disadvantages of the S3600 (vs the A300)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Tunnel
  • Significantly slower max shutter speed: 1/1500 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second

common strengths of the S3600 and A300

  • Very small: Super compact (97×58×20 mm) vs Compact (111×58×37 mm)
  • Very light: 125 g vs 225 g
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 1.5"