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

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3300

Size
Really small
Super compact 95x58x19 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
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 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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $92.09 vs $110.00
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The best price we've seen is $18 cheaper (around 20% less)
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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
              A4000 IS:95x56x24 mm
              S3300:95x58x19 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Weight Light weight Help
              A4000 IS:145 g
              S3300:128 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A4000 IS:$110.00
              S3300:$92.09
              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
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              A4000 IS:175 shots
              S3300:180 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
              A4000 IS:720p @ 25fps
              S3300:720p @ 30fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Compact

              $110

              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $86 - $120

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Compact

              $90 - $115

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Compact

              $99

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon IXUS 132

              Canon IXUS 132

              Travel zoom

              $102

              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $225

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $79

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Compact

              $97 - $110

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon IXUS 135

              Canon IXUS 135

              Travel zoom

              $283

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Travel zoom

              $138

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Nikon Coolpix S3300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 S3100

              Nikon Coolpix S3100

              Ultra compact

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Digicam

              $99 - $229

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              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 S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $164 - $197

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Size Larger

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