Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot A2500 vs Nikon Coolpix S3500

Nikon Coolpix S3300 vs Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3300

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Really small
Size
Super compact 95x58x19 mm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Size
Really small
Super compact 95x54x20 mm
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Thickness
Thin
0.8"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot A2300 IS. Explore our gallery of 37 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S3300.

differences

Advantages of the Canon A2300 IS

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the A2300 IS's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
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Advantages of the Nikon S3300

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S3300's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.7" vs 0.8"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$100.00 vs $129.00
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The best price we've seen is $29 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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recommendations

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 IS95x54x20 mm
              S330095x58x19 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              A2300 IS0.8"
              S33000.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              A2300 IS125 g
              S3300128 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A2300 IS$129.00
              S3300$100.00
              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
              S3300180 shots
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              A2300 IS720p @ 25fps
              S3300720p @ 30fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              A2300 IS1,600 ISO
              S33003,200 ISO
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              A2300 IS5x
              S33006x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $175

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $95

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $150

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Compact

              $140

              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $180

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Compact

              $110

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX520 HS

              Super zoom

              $199

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $130

              Screen size Larger screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Nikon D100

              Nikon D100

              Pro DSLR

              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier

              Nikon Coolpix S3300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Compact

              $149

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $91

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Digicam

              $110

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition

              GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition

              Waterproof

              $448

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S3100

              Nikon Coolpix S3100

              Ultra compact

              $110

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

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              Steve (11:42 PM, February 21, 2013)
              I checked Canon's website and also their user guide for all their PowerShot A models and it there isn't an IS (Image Stabilization) option for the A2300. I ordered mine from Amazon, and it mistakenly says IS, but it's incorrect. I even double-checked my camera, and the shaky hand icon (IS) is nowhere to be found. If you want the IS option, you need to go to the A2400. Here is Canon's website - the A2300 IS appears to be a fantasy - http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/digital_cameras.