Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot A3500 IS vs Nikon Coolpix S3500

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3300

Size
Really small
Super compact 95x58x19 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
 
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Advantages of the Canon A3400 IS

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Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the A3400 IS's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
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
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
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Advantages of the Nikon S3300

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Wide angle Better wide angle 26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S3300's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Size Slightly smaller 95x58x19 mm vs 95x56x21 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight Lighter 128 g vs 145 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner 0.7" vs 0.8"
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Around 10% thinner
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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              A3400 IS:95x56x21 mm
              S3300:95x58x19 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Thickness Thin Help
              A3400 IS:0.8"
              S3300:0.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              A3400 IS:145 g
              S3300:128 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A3400 IS:$89.94
              S3300:$92.09
              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
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              180 shots
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              A3400 IS:720p @ 25fps
              S3300:720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              A3400 IS:5x
              S3300:6x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $80

              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Compact

              $85

              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Nikon Coolpix S4300

              Nikon Coolpix S4300

              Compact

              $105

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Compact

              $110

              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon IXUS 132

              Canon IXUS 132

              Travel zoom

              $102

              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              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

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Compact

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix S6200

              Nikon Coolpix S6200

              Travel zoom

              $131

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $110 - $180

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $225

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Compact

              $90 - $100

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

              Nikon Coolpix S3300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Compact

              $100

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $86 - $120

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Digicam

              $104 - $229

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S3100

              Nikon Coolpix S3100

              Ultra compact

              $150

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

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              leo (0:00 AM, July 29, 2013)
              The canon A3400 have 5x optical zoom not 8x.