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

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3100

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

Macro focus
Great macro
3 cm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon A2300 IS

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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)
Macro focus Much better macro capability 3 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 3.3x closer to the lens
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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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 Common Weaknesses
              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:$99.00
              S3100:$86.95
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              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"
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              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

              $169

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Compact

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Ultra compact

              $100 - $170

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Movie format Records lower quality movies

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $110 - $180

              Screen size Larger screen
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $79 - $83

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Panasonic Lumix FH10

              Ultra compact

              $119

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Compact

              $100

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $189 - $199

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Compact

              $74 - $89

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $149 - $179

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S4100

              Nikon Coolpix S4100

              Compact

              $107

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W90

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W90

              Compact

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $86 - $120

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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