Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot A3200 IS 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 A3200 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Size
Really small
Compact 95x56x24 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Macro focus
Great macro
3 cm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon A3200 IS

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Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the A3200 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
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 490 ms vs 500 ms
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Almost the same
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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
Size Smaller 95x58x19 mm vs 95x56x24 mm
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More than 20% smaller
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 Thinner 0.7" vs 1"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 128 g vs 149 g
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More than 10% lighter
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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        A3200 IS:95x56x24 mm
        S3300:95x58x19 mm
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        A3200 IS:490 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
        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 Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
        720p @ 30fps

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S3100

        Nikon Coolpix S3100

        Ultra compact

        $87 - $140

        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        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
        Nikon Coolpix S4300

        Nikon Coolpix S4300

        Compact

        $107

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

        Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

        Compact

        $116

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

        Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

        Compact

        $100

        Canon PowerShot A3200 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon IXUS 132

        Canon IXUS 132

        Travel zoom

        $114

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Size Smaller
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
        Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

        Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

        Compact

        $230

        Shutter lag Less shutter lag
        Aperture Slightly wider aperture
        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Canon PowerShot A2200

        Canon PowerShot A2200

        Compact

        $89

        Size Slightly smaller
        Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Fujifilm FinePix S4800

        Fujifilm FinePix S4800

        Super zoom

        $129 - $140

        Zoom Much more zoom
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker
        Placeholder

        Canon PowerShot SD450

        Compact

        Size Smaller
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle

        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

        $95 - $120

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

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $695 - $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 S5200

        Nikon Coolpix S5200

        Digicam

        $139 - $229

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $339 - $567 body only

        $444 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

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

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