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

Canon PowerShot A3300 IS vs Nikon Coolpix S6200

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.8
Large screen
Screen size
3"
Really small
Size
Compact (95×57×24 mm)
Great macro
Macro focus
3.0 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S6200

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
25 mm
Size
Really small
Compact (93×58×26 mm)

galleries

Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S6200.

differences

Advantages of the Canon A3300 IS

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 10.0 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)
Size
Slightly smaller
95×57×24 mm vs 93×58×26 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
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom
Slightly 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 2 f-stops 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 IS95×57×24 mm
              S620093×58×26 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              A3300 IS1,600 ISO
              S62003,200 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $160

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $60

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $115

              Thickness Is thinner
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Wide angle Has a significantly narrower wide angle lens

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

              Entry-level DSLR

              $375 body only

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Size Much larger
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Nikon Coolpix S630

              Nikon Coolpix S630

              Compact

              $280

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $281

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Travel zoom

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $139

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Slightly slower max shutter speed

              Nikon Coolpix S6200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Travel zoom

              $80 - $154

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix S620

              Nikon Coolpix S620

              Compact

              $280

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $60 - $120

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon IXUS 132

              Canon IXUS 132

              Travel zoom

              $109

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

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