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Advantages of the Canon SD780 IS

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Size
Significantly smaller
87×56×18 mm vs 96×58×20 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.2 vs f/3.7
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At its widest zoom, the SD780 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 0.8"
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10% thinner
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon Coolpix A300

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
25 mm vs 33 mm
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More than 20% better wide angle
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
2.7" vs 2.5"
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Around 10% larger screen
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The Coolpix A300's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
119 g vs 160 g
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Around 30% lighter
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
8x vs 3x
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Around 7x more zoom
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Size Very small Help
              SD780 IS87×56×18 mm
              Coolpix A30096×58×20 mm
              Thickness Very thin Help
              SD780 IS0.7"
              Coolpix A3000.8"
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Weight Very light Help
              SD780 IS160 g
              Coolpix A300119 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/1500 of a second
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SD780 IS1,600 ISO
              Coolpix A3003,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              SD780 IS2.5"
              Coolpix A3002.7"
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SD780 IS3x
              Coolpix A3008x

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              Canon PowerShot SD780 IS
              PowerShot SD780 IS
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              Nikon Coolpix A300
              Coolpix A300
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