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

Nikon Coolpix S3300

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Nikon Coolpix S3300

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Nikon Coolpix S3500

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Nikon Coolpix S3500

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3300

Thin
Thickness
0.7"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3500

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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Thickness
Thin
0.8"
 

differences

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)
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$69.00 vs $89.99
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The best price we've seen is $21 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              S3500:96x57x20 mm
              S3300:95x58x19 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Thickness Thin Help
              S3500:0.8"
              S3300:0.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              S3500:129 g
              S3300:128 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S3500:$69.00
              S3300:$89.99
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              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

              $69 - $137

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $107

              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S4300

              Nikon Coolpix S4300

              Compact

              $107 - $110

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S6200

              Nikon Coolpix S6200

              Travel zoom

              $134

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Compact

              $140

              Nikon Coolpix S3500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $160

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $98 - $103

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $119

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon IXUS 132

              Canon IXUS 132

              Travel zoom

              $110

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

              Nikon Coolpix S3300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Compact

              $149

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $745 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $150

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix S3100

              Nikon Coolpix S3100

              Ultra compact

              $112

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

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