Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS vs Nikon Coolpix S6300

Nikon Coolpix S6200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S6200

Great battery life
Battery life
250 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon A4000 IS

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 10x closer to the lens
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.0 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the A4000 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Size
Slightly smaller
95x56x24 mm vs 93x58x26 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Slightly lighter
145 g vs 160 g
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Around 10% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.9" vs 1"
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Around 10% thinner
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
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Battery life
Longer battery life
250 shots vs 175 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
10x vs 8x
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Around 60% 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 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$89.99 vs $122.95
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The best price we've seen is $33 cheaper (around 30% less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A4000 IS:$122.95
              S6200:$89.99
              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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              A4000 IS:720p @ 25fps
              S6200:720p @ 30fps

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              A4000 IS:95x56x24 mm
              S6200:93x58x26 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              A4000 IS:145 g
              S6200:160 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              A4000 IS:0.9"
              S6200:1"
              Common Weaknesses
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              A4000 IS:175 shots
              S6200:250 shots
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              A4000 IS:8x
              S6200:10x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $99 - $182

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $79 - $120

              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 ELPH 115 HS

              Canon ELPH 115 HS

              Travel zoom

              $95 - $266

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Compact

              $80 - $124

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $237

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $141

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Slightly smaller
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Screen size Smaller screen

              Nikon Coolpix S6200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S6100

              Nikon Coolpix S6100

              Compact

              $178

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $98 - $119

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Smaller
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix L620

              Nikon Coolpix L620

              Travel zoom

              $90 - $165

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Much larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix T500

              Fujifilm FinePix T500

              Travel zoom

              $85

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S5300

              Nikon Coolpix S5300

              Compact

              $109 - $127

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Less zoom

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