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

Size
Really small
Compact 95x56x24 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Macro focus
Great macro
3 cm
Thickness
Thin
1"
 
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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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $99.00 vs $171.98
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The best price we've seen is $73 cheaper (more than 40% 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 Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              A3200 IS:95x56x24 mm
              S3300:95x58x19 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Weight Light weight Help
              A3200 IS:149 g
              S3300:128 g
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              A3200 IS:490 ms
              S3300:500 ms
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Compact

              $110

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix S3100

              Nikon Coolpix S3100

              Ultra compact

              $119

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $831 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Compact

              $125

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $92

              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
              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Compact

              $95 - $100

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

              Canon PowerShot A3200 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $360

              Screen size Larger screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22

              Compact

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon IXUS 132

              Canon IXUS 132

              Travel zoom

              $109

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Compact

              $99

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

              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
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $70 - $240

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

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Digicam

              $55 - $459

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Compact

              $140

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

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