Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S3600 vs Nikon Coolpix S6300

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3500

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S6300

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
6 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon S3500

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Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 5 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Size Smaller 96x57x20 mm vs 94x58x26 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 $79.99 vs $126.95
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The best price we've seen is $47 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon S6300

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 25 mm vs 26 mm
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S6300's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 230 shots vs 220 shots
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S3500:$79.99
              S6300:$126.95
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              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
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $97

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Travel zoom

              $84 - $220

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Digicam

              $65 - $229

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Compact

              $110

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $129 - $130

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $199

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $125 - $149

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity

              Nikon Coolpix S3500 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $99

              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

              $99 - $128

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $79 - $80

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon IXUS 132

              Canon IXUS 132

              Travel zoom

              $110

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Compact

              $97

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

              Nikon Coolpix S6300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W690

              Travel zoom

              $177

              Screen size Larger screen
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix S6200

              Nikon Coolpix S6200

              Travel zoom

              $131

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Travel zoom

              $177

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Screen size Larger screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix S6600

              Nikon Coolpix S6600

              Travel zoom

              $233

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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