Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S3600 vs Nikon Coolpix S3500

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3500

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Advantages of the Nikon S3500

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Battery life Longer battery life 220 shots vs 180 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Aperture Slightly wider aperture f/3.4 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the S3500's lens captures marginally more light (0.1 f-stops)
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Advantages of the Nikon S3300

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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
Size Slightly smaller 95x58x19 mm vs 96x57x20 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness Slightly thinner 0.7" vs 0.8"
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Around 10% thinner
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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        S3500:96x57x20 mm
        S3300:95x58x19 mm
        Thickness Thin Help
        S3500:0.8"
        S3300:0.7"
        Weight Light weight Help
        S3500:129 g
        S3300:128 g
        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
        Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
        S3500:220 shots
        S3300:180 shots
        Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
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        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        2.7"
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported
        Movie format HD (720p) video Help
        S3500:720p
        S3300:720p @ 30fps
        Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
        S3500:f/3.4
        S3300:f/3.5

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S3600

        Nikon Coolpix S3600

        Travel zoom

        $97

        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
        Canon IXUS 132

        Canon IXUS 132

        Travel zoom

        $114

        Autofocus Focuses automatically
        Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
        Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

        Compact

        $98

        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        3D Captures 3D images
        Nikon Coolpix S3100

        Nikon Coolpix S3100

        Ultra compact

        $87 - $149

        Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

        Ultra compact

        $131

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

        Travel zoom

        $129 - $130

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Compact

        $99 - $100

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing

        Nikon Coolpix S3500 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L28

        Nikon Coolpix L28

        Compact

        $80 - $88

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Screen size Larger screen
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Size Larger
        Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

        Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

        Travel zoom

        $100 - $140

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
        Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
        Thickness Thicker
        Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

        Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

        Compact

        $87

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Screen size Larger screen
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

        Travel zoom

        $108 - $138

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

        Nikon Coolpix S3300 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix 3200

        Nikon Coolpix 3200

        Compact

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Nikon Coolpix S5200

        Nikon Coolpix S5200

        Digicam

        $139 - $237

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $679 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Size Much larger
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

        Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

        Compact

        $150

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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