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

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A2500

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Longest exposure
Long exposures
15 seconds
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3500

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
 
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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
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recommendations

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
              A2500:98x56x21 mm
              S3500:96x57x20 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.8"
              Weight Light weight Help
              A2500:125 g
              S3500:129 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A2500:$109.99
              S3500:$92.99
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              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 - $97

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

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $129 - $205

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Compact

              $88 - $166

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Compact

              $99

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon IXUS 132

              Canon IXUS 132

              Travel zoom

              $116

              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $98

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              3D Captures 3D images
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot A2500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 135

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 135

              Travel zoom

              $99 - $131

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $135 - $180

              Screen size Larger screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Nikon Coolpix S3500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $98 - $108

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $107

              Size Slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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              discussion

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