Updated (February 2012): Compare the Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Nikon Coolpix S4300

Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Nikon Coolpix S4300

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Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Really small
Size
Super compact (92×56×20 mm)
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S4300

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Weight
Light-weight
139 g
Thickness
Thin
0.8"

Items often bought with the Canon 300 HS or Nikon S4300

galleries

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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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
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)
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
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Size
Smaller
92×56×20 mm vs 96×59×21 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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
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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
Significantly larger screen
3" 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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$209.00 vs $295.00
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The best price we've seen is $86 cheaper (around 30% 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
              Size Fairly small Help
              300 HS92×56×20 mm
              S430096×59×21 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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 170 IS (IXUS 170)

              Travel zoom

              Thickness Is thicker
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $165

              Screen size Significantly 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

              $295

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Travel zoom

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $336

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

              Canon ELPH 320 HS

              Compact

              $223

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

              Nikon Coolpix S4300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $217

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix S3700

              Nikon Coolpix S3700

              Travel zoom

              $90 - $117

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $90

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix S5300

              Nikon Coolpix S5300

              Compact

              $139

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Digicam

              $95

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Much larger
              Touch screen No touch screen

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