Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot A3500 IS vs Canon ELPH 300 HS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

Really small
Size
Ultra compact 92x56x18 mm
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon A3400 IS

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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$109.99 vs $159.99
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The best price we've seen is $50 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Canon SD1400 IS

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Size
Smaller
92x56x18 mm vs 95x56x21 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 0.8"
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More than 10% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
133 g vs 145 g
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Around 10% lighter
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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              A3400 IS:95x56x21 mm
              SD1400 IS:92x56x18 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Thickness Thin Help
              A3400 IS:0.8"
              SD1400 IS:0.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              A3400 IS:145 g
              SD1400 IS:133 g
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              A3400 IS:720p @ 25fps
              SD1400 IS:720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              A3400 IS:5x
              SD1400 IS:4x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $123 - $180

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $99 - $182

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Size Is slightly larger
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A1400

              Canon PowerShot A1400

              Compact

              $174

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $150

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $230

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $128 - $237

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Compact

              $110

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Compact

              $102

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Samsung ST150F

              Samsung ST150F

              Ultra compact

              $130

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

              Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $250

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

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