Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Canon PowerShot A2500 vs Nikon Coolpix S3600

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3500

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A2500

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differences

Advantages of the Canon A2500

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the A2500's lens captures marginally more light (0.6 f-stops)
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon S3500

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
7x vs 5x
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Around 2x more zoom
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$79.00 vs $159.00
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The best price we've seen is $80 cheaper (2x 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
              A2500:98x56x21 mm
              S3500:96x57x20 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.8"
              Weight Light weight Help
              A2500:125 g
              S3500:129 g
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              220 shots
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              A2500:720p @ 25fps
              S3500:720p

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $87

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $99 - $182

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $141

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $68 - $70

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $95 - $98

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              3D Captures 3D images
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon IXUS 132

              Canon IXUS 132

              Travel zoom

              $114

              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Compact

              $80 - $124

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization

              Canon PowerShot A2500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Compact

              $102

              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot A1400

              Canon PowerShot A1400

              Compact

              $174

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Nikon Coolpix S3500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $98 - $119

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Travel zoom

              $75 - $220

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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