Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Nikon Coolpix S4300

Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Nikon Coolpix S4300

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Canon ELPH 300 HS

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Nikon Coolpix S4300

54

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Really small
Size
Super compact 92x55x19 mm
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S4300

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons

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Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 300 HS. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S4300.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 300 HS

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the 300 HS's lens captures slightly more light (0.7 f-stops)
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Size
Smaller
92x55x19 mm vs 96x59x21 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.8" vs 0.8"
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Around 10% thinner
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 1s
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15x longer exposures
Lowest price
Cheaper
$99.99 vs $153.95
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The best price we've seen is $54 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon S4300

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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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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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
              300 HS92x55x19 mm
              S430096x59x21 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.8"
              Weight Light weight Help
              300 HS141 g
              S4300139 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              300 HS5x
              S43006x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $237

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $159 - $165

              Screen size Larger screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Travel zoom

              $258

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $129

              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $581

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger

              Nikon Coolpix S4300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix L22

              Nikon Coolpix L22

              Compact

              $322

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $297

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S60

              Nikon Coolpix S60

              Compact

              $150

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $245

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Significantly larger

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