Updated (January 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot A2500 vs Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

Canon PowerShot A3400 IS vs Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

Large screen
Screen size
3"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Really small
Size
Super compact (95×56×21 mm)
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

Size
Really small
Super compact (95×54×20 mm)
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
Weight
Light-weight
125 g

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differences

Advantages of the Canon A2300 IS

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Size
Slightly smaller
95×54×20 mm vs 95×56×21 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
125 g vs 145 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.8" vs 0.8"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Canon A3400 IS

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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              A2300 IS95×54×20 mm
              A3400 IS95×56×21 mm
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              f/2.8
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.8"
              Weight Light weight Help
              A2300 IS125 g
              A3400 IS145 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A2300 IS$99.00
              A3400 IS$110.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              A2300 IS175 shots
              A3400 IS180 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              3.0 cm
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 25fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Compact

              $122

              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Canon ELPH 115 HS

              Canon ELPH 115 HS

              Travel zoom

              $128

              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $143

              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $115

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $119

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L620

              Nikon Coolpix L620

              Travel zoom

              $90 - $130

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Compact

              $150

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $295

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Lowest price More expensive
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $160

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $239

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

              Compact

              $230

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Placeholder

              Nikon Coolpix 4300

              Digicam

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $209 - $210

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD4500 IS

              Travel zoom

              $256

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Touch screen No touch screen

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