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

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Canon PowerShot A2300 IS over the Canon PowerShot A3400 IS.
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon A2300 IS

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Size Slightly smaller 95x54x20 mm vs 95x56x21 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 Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Lowest price Cheaper $109.95 vs $179.99
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (around 40% less)
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recommendations

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              A2300 IS:95x54x20 mm
              A3400 IS:95x56x21 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.8"
              Weight Light weight Help
              A2300 IS:125 g
              A3400 IS:145 g
              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 IS:175 shots
              A3400 IS:180 shots
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 25fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $135 - $180

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $200

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Compact

              $99

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $107

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $140 - $253

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $110

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

              Compact

              $150

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Travel zoom

              $100 - $138

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Compact

              $169

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $129 - $205

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon ELPH 115 HS

              Canon ELPH 115 HS

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $204

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Compact

              $87

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $160 - $250

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

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