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

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
26 mm
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

Macro focus
Great macro
3.0 cm

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
3.0 cm vs 10.0 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 2 f-stops 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 IS95×54×20 mm
              S310094×58×18 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              A2300 IS0.8"
              S31000.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              A2300 IS125 g
              S3100118 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A2300 IS$98.93
              S3100$100.00
              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 size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              A2300 IS720p @ 25fps
              S3100720p @ 30fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              A2300 IS1,600 ISO
              S31003,200 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $160

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

              Compact

              $230

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Compact

              $177

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Compact

              $128

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $139

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $156

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $295

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Lowest price More expensive
              Weight Heavier
              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $143

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon ELPH 115 HS

              Canon ELPH 115 HS

              Travel zoom

              $128

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $320

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Compact

              $150

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Cybershot W530

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

              Ultra compact

              $173

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $160

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot S300

              Canon PowerShot S300

              Compact

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle

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