Updated (February 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS vs Nikon Coolpix S6300

Canon IXUS 230 HS vs Nikon Coolpix S6300

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Reasons to buy the Canon IXUS 230 HS

Large screen
Screen size
3"
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S6300

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
6 fps
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

galleries

Explore our gallery of 1 sample photo taken by the Canon IXUS 230 HS.
Explore our gallery of 16 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S6300.

differences

Advantages of the Canon IXUS 230 HS

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 10.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 10x closer to the lens
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the IXUS 230 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Size
Smaller
96×57×22 mm vs 94×58×26 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
0.9" vs 1"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
140 g vs 160 g
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More than 10% lighter
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon S6300

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Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
10x vs 8x
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Around 60% more zoom
Battery life
Longer battery life
230 shots vs 210 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Size Fairly small Help
              IXUS 230 HS96×57×22 mm
              S630094×58×26 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              IXUS 230 HS
              1. Lens
              2. Sensor shift
              S6300
              1. Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Weight Light weight Help
              IXUS 230 HS140 g
              S6300160 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              IXUS 230 HS210 shots
              S6300230 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths
              Thickness Thin Help
              IXUS 230 HS0.9"
              S63001"
              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              IXUS 230 HS8x
              S630010x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 125 HS

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 125 HS

              Compact

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Canon IXUS 230 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 220 HS

              Canon IXUS 220 HS

              Compact

              $166

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Canon IXUS 265 HS

              Travel zoom

              $419

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Travel zoom

              GPS Has a GPS
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Nikon Coolpix S6300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

              Travel zoom

              $134

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Travel zoom

              $99

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Travel zoom

              $148

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $263

              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $177 - $197

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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