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
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
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        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"
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported
        Movie format HD (720p) video Help
        A2300 IS:720p @ 25fps
        S3300:720p @ 30fps
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        A2300 IS:5x
        S3300:6x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Compact

        $79 - $83

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

        Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

        Compact

        $100

        Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

        Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

        Compact

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Compact

        $199

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

        Compact

        $85 - $98

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot A2600

        Canon PowerShot A2600

        Compact

        $99 - $110

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

        Canon PowerShot A2300 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

        Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

        Travel zoom

        $110 - $180

        Screen size Larger screen
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Nikon Coolpix S6800

        Nikon Coolpix S6800

        Travel zoom

        $177

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Focus points Many more focus points
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Panasonic Lumix FH10

        Panasonic Lumix FH10

        Ultra compact

        $119

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Lowest price Slightly more expensive
        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Compact

        $169

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

        Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

        Compact

        $130

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Screen size Larger screen
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Heavier

        Nikon Coolpix S3300 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Compact

        $86 - $120

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Aperture Slightly wider aperture
        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 S3600

        Nikon Coolpix S3600

        Travel zoom

        $107

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $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 S2700

        Nikon Coolpix S2700

        Compact

        $110

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

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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.