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)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Weight
Light-weight
160 g

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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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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$134.99 vs $189.00
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The best price we've seen is $54 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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
              Weight Light weight Help
              A3300 IS149 g
              S6200160 g
              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
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              A3300 IS3.0 cm
              S620010.0 cm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              A3300 IS1,600 ISO
              S62003,200 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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 Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $320

              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Placeholder

              Canon PowerShot SD550

              Compact

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

              Compact

              $155

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

              Entry-level DSLR

              $374 body only

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Size Much larger
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Compact

              $138

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Smaller
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $352

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Nikon Coolpix S6200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $70

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $177 - $197

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Samsung WB35F

              Samsung WB35F

              Travel zoom

              $70 - $109

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $178

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $219

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle

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