Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot A2500 vs Nikon Coolpix S3100

Nikon Coolpix S3100 vs Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3100

Really small
Size
Ultra compact 93x57x18 mm
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
Light-weight
Weight
118 g
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

Size
Really small
Super compact 95x54x20 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
Weight
Light-weight
125 g

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot A2300 IS. Explore our gallery of 38 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S3100.

differences

Advantages of the Canon A2300 IS

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
3 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 3.3x closer to the lens
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the A2300 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon S3100

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Wide angle
Better wide angle
26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S3100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.7" vs 0.8"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
118 g vs 125 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$109.99 vs $139.00
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The best price we've seen is $29 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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recommendations

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
              A2300 IS95x54x20 mm
              S310093x57x18 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              A2300 IS125 g
              S3100118 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              A2300 IS0.8"
              S31000.7"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A2300 IS$139.00
              S3100$109.99
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              A2300 IS720p @ 25fps
              S3100720p @ 30fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              A2300 IS1,600 ISO
              S31003,200 ISO
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $100

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Compact

              $129

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $229

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $129

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $210

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $180

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $125

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Weight Heavier
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $282 - $298

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $258

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $247

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Larger
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $68 - $78

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Size Smaller
              Thickness Much thicker
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Nikon Coolpix S4100

              Nikon Coolpix S4100

              Compact

              $136

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Compact

              $149

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

              Compact

              $199

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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