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

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Reasons to buy the Canon IXUS 230 HS

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S6300

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
Battery life
Great battery life
230 shots
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon IXUS 230 HS

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Macro focus Much better macro capability 1 cm vs 10 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 Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.0 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 96x57x22 mm vs 94x58x26 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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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
Zoom Slightly more zoom 10x vs 8x
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Around 60% more zoom
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 3.4 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 230 shots vs 210 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        IXUS 230 HS:Sensor shift, Lens
        S6300:Lens
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity

        Compared to recent travel zooms

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        IXUS 230 HS:96x57x22 mm
        S6300:94x58x26 mm
        Weight Light weight Help
        IXUS 230 HS:140 g
        S6300:160 g
        Thickness Thin Help
        IXUS 230 HS:0.9"
        S6300:1"
        Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
        IXUS 230 HS:210 shots
        S6300:230 shots
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        IXUS 230 HS:3.4 fps
        S6300:6 fps
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        IXUS 230 HS:8x
        S6300:10x
        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon IXUS 265 HS

        Canon IXUS 265 HS

        Travel zoom

        $188

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Canon IXUS 220 HS

        Canon IXUS 220 HS

        Compact

        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Nikon Coolpix S6500

        Nikon Coolpix S6500

        Travel zoom

        $84 - $220

        Thickness Is thicker
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Canon IXUS 125 HS

        Canon PowerShot IXUS 125 HS

        Compact

        $414

        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Nikon Coolpix S6800

        Nikon Coolpix S6800

        Travel zoom

        $177

        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

        Travel zoom

        $148

        Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Placeholder

        Canon IXUS 150

        Travel zoom

        $129 - $132

        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Movie format Records lower quality movies

        Canon IXUS 230 HS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

        Digicam

        $180 - $300

        Size Much larger
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Canon PowerShot IXUS 240 HS

        Canon IXUS 240 HS

        Compact

        $359

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Zoom Slightly less zoom
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Canon IXUS 500 HS

        Canon PowerShot IXUS 500 HS

        Ultra compact

        $161

        Zoom More zoom
        Size Smaller
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
        Canon IXUS 115 HS

        Canon IXUS 115 HS

        Compact

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Smaller
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Zoom Slightly less zoom

        Nikon Coolpix S6300 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

        Travel zoom

        $177

        Screen size Larger screen
        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Compact

        $95 - $120

        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Size Smaller
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

        Sony Cyber-shot WX50

        Ultra compact

        $200

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Zoom Less zoom
        Lowest price More expensive
        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Travel zoom

        $247 - $265

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Zoom More zoom
        Size Significantly larger
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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