Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS vs Nikon Coolpix S3500

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3300

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Thin
0.7"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon A4000 IS

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Aperture Wider aperture f/3.0 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the A4000 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
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Zoom Slightly more zoom 8x vs 6x
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Around 80% more zoom
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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
Size Smaller 95x58x19 mm vs 95x56x24 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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
Thickness Thinner 0.7" vs 0.9"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 128 g vs 145 g
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More than 10% lighter
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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        A4000 IS:95x56x24 mm
        S3300:95x58x19 mm
        Weight Light weight Help
        A4000 IS:145 g
        S3300:128 g
        Thickness Thin Help
        A4000 IS:0.9"
        S3300:0.7"
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
        A4000 IS:175 shots
        S3300:180 shots
        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 HD (720p) video Help
        A4000 IS:720p @ 25fps
        S3300:720p @ 30fps

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Compact

        $200

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Nikon Coolpix S3600

        Nikon Coolpix S3600

        Travel zoom

        $87

        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

        Travel zoom

        $129 - $167

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon Coolpix S6300

        Nikon Coolpix S6300

        Travel zoom

        $180

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Thickness Is thicker

        Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon IXUS 135

        Canon IXUS 135

        Travel zoom

        $152 - $253

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Size Smaller
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

        Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

        Compact

        $110

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Zoom Slightly less zoom
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

        Travel zoom

        $129

        Size Smaller
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Compact

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Zoom Slightly less zoom
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

        Sony Cyber-shot WX50

        Ultra compact

        $169

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

        Nikon Coolpix S3300 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Compact

        $100

        Aperture Slightly wider aperture
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Size Slightly larger
        Nikon Coolpix 3200

        Nikon Coolpix 3200

        Compact

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Nikon Coolpix S2700

        Nikon Coolpix S2700

        Compact

        $167

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Size Slightly larger
        Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

        Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

        Compact

        $200

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Screen size Larger screen
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Size Larger
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $659 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

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

        appearance

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        discussion

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