Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot A3300 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 A3300 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Size
Really small
Compact 95x56x24 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
 
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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
Lowest price Cheaper $200.33 vs $373.45
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The best price we've seen is $173 cheaper (around 50% less)
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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
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 500 ms vs 510 ms
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Almost the same
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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 Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              A3300 IS:95x56x24 mm
              S3300:95x58x19 mm
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              A3300 IS:510 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
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              A3300 IS:5x
              S3300:6x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Compact

              $180

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $297

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $159 - $180

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $123 - $180

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

              Compact

              $150

              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Compact

              $87

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Travel zoom

              $117 - $220

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger

              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
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Size Slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

              Travel zoom

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker

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