Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS vs Nikon Coolpix S3500

Nikon Coolpix S3300

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Nikon Coolpix S3300

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Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3300

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
26 mm
Really small
Size
Super compact 95x58x19 mm
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
Light-weight
Weight
128 g
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Size
Really small
Compact 95x56x24 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Thickness
Thin
1"
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon A3300 IS

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the A3300 IS's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
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
$89.99 vs $139.95
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The best price we've seen is $50 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              A3300 IS:95x56x24 mm
              S3300:95x58x19 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Weight Light weight Help
              A3300 IS:149 g
              S3300:128 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              A3300 IS:1"
              S3300:0.7"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A3300 IS:$139.95
              S3300:$89.99
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              A3300 IS:510 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 flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $107

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS

              Compact

              $268

              Size Smaller
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $122 - $180

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Compact

              $110

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Smaller
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $90 - $180

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Fastest shutter speed Slightly slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $155 - $240

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier

              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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $745 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $69 - $120

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $150

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix S3100

              Nikon Coolpix S3100

              Ultra compact

              $112

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

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