Updated (February 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S3500 vs Nikon Coolpix S6300

Nikon Coolpix S3500 vs Nikon Coolpix S6300

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3500

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S6300

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
25 mm
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
6 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

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Explore our gallery of 18 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S3500.
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon S3500

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
5.0 cm vs 10.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Size
Smaller
97×58×21 mm vs 94×58×26 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 1"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
129 g vs 160 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$89.99 vs $143.96
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The best price we've seen is $54 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon S6300

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 26 mm
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Almost the same
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.2 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the S6300's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
10x vs 7x
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More than 2x more zoom
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S6300's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
230 shots vs 220 shots
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Almost the same
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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              S350097×58×21 mm
              S630094×58×26 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Weight Light weight Help
              S3500129 g
              S6300160 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S3500$89.99
              S6300$143.96
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              S35005.0 cm
              S630010.0 cm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S35001,600 ISO
              S63003,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              S3500220 shots
              S6300230 shots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $98

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $217

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $111

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Nikon Coolpix S3700

              Nikon Coolpix S3700

              Travel zoom

              $90 - $117

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S2900

              Nikon Coolpix S2900

              Compact

              $90

              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Waterproof

              $117 - $161

              Waterproof Is waterproof
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $134

              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

              Nikon Coolpix S3500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 (IXUS 160)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 (IXUS 160)

              Travel zoom

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $98 - $110

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

              Nikon Coolpix S6300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix S5300

              Nikon Coolpix S5300

              Compact

              $139

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

              Travel zoom

              $139

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

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