Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS vs Nikon Coolpix S6300

Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.8
Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
Really small
Size
Compact 95x56x24 mm
Thin
Thickness
1"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S6200

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
25 mm
Size
Really small
Compact 93x58x26 mm
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon A3300 IS

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
3 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 3.3x closer to the lens
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the A3300 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Size
Slightly smaller
95x56x24 mm vs 93x58x26 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1" vs 1"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
149 g vs 160 g
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Around 10% lighter
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon S6200

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom
More zoom
10x vs 5x
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4x more zoom
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S6200's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              A3300 IS:95x56x24 mm
              S6200:93x58x26 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A3300 IS:$139.95
              S6200:$133.99
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $93

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $164

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $121

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

              Olympus Stylus Tough 6020

              Waterproof

              $121

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

              Entry-level DSLR

              $385 body only

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              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 A3400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Compact

              $110

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Smaller
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78

              Size Significantly smaller
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $170 - $190

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

              Nikon Coolpix S6200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S8000

              Nikon Coolpix S8000

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $69 - $120

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $269

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $97 - $137

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $160

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

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