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

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Size
Really small
Compact 95x56x24 mm
Macro focus
Great macro
3 cm
Thickness
Thin
1"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S6200

Size
Really small
Compact 93x58x26 mm
Thickness
Thin
1"
Weight
Light-weight
160 g
 
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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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $115.95 vs $144.99
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The best price we've seen is $29 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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
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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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A3300 IS:$115.95
              S6200:$144.99
              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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Compact

              $128

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $113

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Digicam

              $139 - $229

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $149

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Size Is slightly smaller

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Compact

              $87

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

              Entry-level DSLR

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $297 - $543

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Compact

              $110 - $167

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen

              Nikon Coolpix S6200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $127

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $149 - $180

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Compact

              $169

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Travel zoom

              $84 - $220

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $159

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

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