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

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3300

Size
Really small
Super compact 95x58x19 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
128 g
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

Size
Really small
Super compact 95x54x20 mm
Macro focus
Great macro
3 cm
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
Weight
Light-weight
125 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon A2300 IS

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Aperture 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
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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Size Fairly small Help
A2300 IS:95x54x20 mm
S3300:95x58x19 mm
Thickness Thin Help
A2300 IS:0.8"
S3300:0.7"
Weight Light weight Help
A2300 IS:125 g
S3300:128 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
S3300:180 shots
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
230k dots
Screen size Very small screens Help
2.7"
Movie format HD (720p) video Help
A2300 IS:720p @ 25fps
S3300:720p @ 30fps

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

Compact

$200

Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
Thickness Is thicker
Size Is slightly larger
Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

Ultra compact

Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
Nikon Coolpix S2600

Nikon Coolpix S2600

Compact

$169

Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$200

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Travel zoom

$129 - $167

Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Thickness Is thicker
Size Is slightly larger

Canon PowerShot A2300 IS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot A2500

Canon PowerShot A2500

Compact

$100

Battery life Longer battery life
Size Slightly larger
Thickness Slightly thicker
Canon ELPH 115 HS

Canon ELPH 115 HS

Travel zoom

Macro focus Better macro capability
Zoom Slightly more zoom
Aperture Narrower aperture
Thickness Slightly thicker
Samsung ST66

Samsung ST66

Digicam

$107

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Wide angle Better wide angle
Macro focus Worse macro capability
Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

Compact

$105

Nikon Coolpix S3300 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix S3500

Nikon Coolpix S3500

Compact

$100

Aperture Slightly wider aperture
Battery life Longer battery life
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Size Slightly larger
Nikon Coolpix 3200

Nikon Coolpix 3200

Compact

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Screen size Much smaller screen
Nikon Coolpix S2700

Nikon Coolpix S2700

Compact

$167

Battery life Longer battery life
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Size Slightly larger
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$747 body only

$659 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

Sensor size Much larger sensor
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Size Much larger
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Nikon Coolpix S3600

Nikon Coolpix S3600

Travel zoom

$87

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
Aperture Narrower aperture
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

appearance

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discussion

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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.