Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS vs Nikon Coolpix S3500

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS vs Nikon Coolpix S3300

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens, Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3300

Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
128 g
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX150 IS

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Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Aperture
Slightly wider aperture
f/3.4 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the SX150 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
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Advantages of the Nikon S3300

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Size
Smaller
95x58x19 mm vs 113x73x46 mm
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3.6x smaller
Wide angle
Better wide angle
26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Battery life
Longer battery life
180 shots vs 110 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Lighter
128 g vs 306 g
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2.4x lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S3300's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 1.8"
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2.4x thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$119.97 vs $178.49
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The best price we've seen is $59 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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recommendations

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

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              SX150 IS:$178.49
              S3300:$119.97
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              SX150 IS:110 shots
              S3300:180 shots
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX150 IS:1,600 ISO
              S3300:3,200 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
              SX150 IS:f/3.4
              S3300:f/3.5
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX150 IS:12x
              S3300:6x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $161

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $140

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $129 - $180

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $165 - $180

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $339 - $349

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Significantly larger
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot A1400

              Canon PowerShot A1400

              Compact

              $124 - $156

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen size Smaller screen

              Nikon Coolpix S3300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Compact

              $149

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $60 - $120

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $108

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $70 - $137

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $695 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Significantly larger

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