Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot A2600 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 A2400 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Size
Really small
Super compact 94x54x20 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon A2400 IS

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Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the A2400 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
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 500 ms vs 520 ms
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Almost the same
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
              A2400 IS:94x54x20 mm
              S3300:95x58x19 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              A2400 IS:0.8"
              S3300:0.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              A2400 IS:126 g
              S3300:128 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A2400 IS:$109.88
              S3300:$106.59
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              A2400 IS:520 ms
              S3300:500 ms
              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
              A2400 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
              A2400 IS:720p @ 25fps
              S3300:720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              A2400 IS:5x
              S3300:6x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Compact

              $180

              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 A2400 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $110

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $135 - $180

              Screen size Larger screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Compact

              $87

              Screen size Larger screen
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Compact

              $99

              Screen size Larger screen
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Thickness Much thicker

              Nikon Coolpix S3300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $93 - $120

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Slightly larger
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $477 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

              $167

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Compact

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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