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

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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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
26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
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
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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 IS:95x54x20 mm
              S3100:93x57x18 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              A2300 IS:0.8"
              S3100:0.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              A2300 IS:125 g
              S3100:118 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A2300 IS:$99.99
              S3100:$112.00
              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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              A2300 IS:720p @ 25fps
              S3100:720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Compact

              $115

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $161

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Compact

              $99

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Compact

              $140

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $120

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $159

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W710

              Compact

              $111

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $175

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

              Compact

              $133

              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Compact

              $123

              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

              Travel zoom

              $237

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Compact

              $100

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $185 - $237

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

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