As well as being compared against other compacts, the Canon PowerShot A3100 IS is also often compared to super zooms. The Canon PowerShot A3100 IS's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Cyber-shot DSC-TX7) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FH1)

Competitor classes

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A3100 IS compared to other compact competitors include: it has better image stabilization (lens vs none) and is newer (january 2010 vs february 2009).

However, on average it has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 28 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), is much larger (compact (97×58×28 mm) vs super compact (98×55×23 mm)), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and is thicker (1.1" vs 0.8").

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX7
similar age
$312

Significant advantages of the DSC-TX7 (vs the A3100 IS)

  • Much larger screen: 3.5" vs 2.7"
  • Much better wide angle: 25 mm vs 35 mm
  • Much smaller: Super compact (98×60×18 mm) vs Compact (97×58×28 mm)

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-TX7 (vs the A3100 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-TX7 and A3100 IS

  • Very small: Super compact (98×60×18 mm) vs Compact (97×58×28 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Thin: 0.7" vs 1.1"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1
similar age

Significant advantages of the DMC-FH1 (vs the A3100 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm
  • Much smaller: Super compact (98×55×23 mm) vs Compact (97×58×28 mm)
  • Much longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 15 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FH1 (vs the A3100 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FH1 and A3100 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.7
  • Very small: Super compact (98×55×23 mm) vs Compact (97×58×28 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Canon PowerShot A2500

Canon PowerShot A2500
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the A2500 (vs the A3100 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 28 mm vs 35 mm
  • Much smaller: Super compact (98×56×21 mm) vs Compact (97×58×28 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the A2500 (vs the A3100 IS)

  • None found

common strengths of the A2500 and A3100 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.7
  • Very small: Super compact (98×56×21 mm) vs Compact (97×58×28 mm)
  • Very light: 125 g vs 165 g

Canon PowerShot A1100 IS

Canon PowerShot A1100 IS
10 months older

Significant advantages of the A1100 IS (vs the A3100 IS)

  • Has a viewfinder: Tunnel vs None

Significant disadvantages of the A1100 IS (vs the A3100 IS)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (95×62×31 mm) vs Compact (97×58×28 mm)
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the A1100 IS and A3100 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.7 vs f/2.7
  • Very small: Compact (95×62×31 mm) vs Compact (97×58×28 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens

Canon PowerShot SD750

Canon PowerShot SD750
2 years older
$158

Significant advantages of the SD750 (vs the A3100 IS)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (92×57×20 mm) vs Compact (97×58×28 mm)
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the SD750 (vs the A3100 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens

common strengths of the SD750 and A3100 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.8 vs f/2.7
  • Very small: Super compact (92×57×20 mm) vs Compact (97×58×28 mm)
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Olympus SP-700

Olympus SP-700
4 years older

Significant advantages of the SP-700 (vs the A3100 IS)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Significantly smaller: Compact (98×57×24 mm) vs Compact (97×58×28 mm)
  • Faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1600 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the SP-700 (vs the A3100 IS)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 35 mm

common strengths of the SP-700 and A3100 IS

  • Very small: Compact (98×57×24 mm) vs Compact (97×58×28 mm)
  • Thin: 0.9" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 180 g vs 165 g

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Canon A3100 IS compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly wider aperture (f/2.7 vs f/3.4), is slightly smaller (compact (97×58×28 mm) vs professional size (123×84×98 mm)), is thinner (1.1" vs 3.9"), is slightly lighter (165 g vs 595 g) and is significantly less expensive ($158.99 vs $961.61).

However, on average it has a much narrower wide angle lens (35 mm vs 24 mm), has a significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have a screen which flips out and has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS).

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS
2 years newer
$962

Significant advantages of the SX500 IS (vs the A3100 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the SX500 IS (vs the A3100 IS)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.7
  • Thicker: 3.2" vs 1.1"

common strengths of the SX500 IS and A3100 IS

  • Very small: Standard size (104×70×80 mm) vs Compact (97×58×28 mm)
  • Very light: 341 g vs 165 g
  • Thin: 3.2" vs 1.1"

Nikon Coolpix P530

Nikon Coolpix P530
4 years newer
$344

Significant advantages of the P530 (vs the A3100 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the P530 (vs the A3100 IS)

  • Larger: Professional size (123×84×98 mm) vs Compact (97×58×28 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 3.9" vs 1.1"
  • Heavier: 494 g vs 165 g

common strengths of the P530 and A3100 IS

  • Fairly small: Professional size (123×84×98 mm) vs Compact (97×58×28 mm)
  • Light weight: 494 g vs 165 g
  • Thin: 3.9" vs 1.1"

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the SX50 HS (vs the A3100 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Larger screen: 2.8" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the SX50 HS (vs the A3100 IS)

  • Significantly narrower aperture: f/3.4 vs f/2.7
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (123×87×106 mm) vs Compact (97×58×28 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 4.2" vs 1.1"

common strengths of the SX50 HS and A3100 IS

  • Fairly small: Professional size (123×87×106 mm) vs Compact (97×58×28 mm)
  • Light weight: 595 g vs 165 g
  • Thin: 4.2" vs 1.1"

Canon Powershot SX40

Canon Powershot SX40
1 year newer
$429

Significant advantages of the SX40 (vs the A3100 IS)

  • Much better wide angle: 24 mm vs 35 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the SX40 (vs the A3100 IS)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs Compact (97×58×28 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 4.3" vs 1.1"
  • Significantly heavier: 600 g vs 165 g

common strengths of the SX40 and A3100 IS

  • Wide aperture: f/2.7 vs f/2.7
  • Fairly small: Professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs Compact (97×58×28 mm)
  • Light weight: 600 g vs 165 g