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

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
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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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 Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        A2300 IS:95x54x20 mm
        S3100:93x57x18 mm
        Weight Light weight Help
        A2300 IS:125 g
        S3100:118 g
        Thickness Thin Help
        A2300 IS:0.8"
        S3100:0.7"
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        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 S3300

        Nikon Coolpix S3300

        Compact

        $88

        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Compact

        $180

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
        Nikon Coolpix S2700

        Nikon Coolpix S2700

        Compact

        $76 - $110

        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Compact

        $169

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot A1400

        Canon PowerShot A1400

        Compact

        $68 - $80

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Canon PowerShot A2300 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Compact

        $72 - $109

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Size Slightly larger
        Thickness Slightly thicker
        Samsung WB30F

        Samsung WB30F

        Ultra compact

        $88 - $129

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
        Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

        Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

        Compact

        $93

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Heavier
        Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

        Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

        Travel zoom

        $81 - $180

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Larger
        Canon PowerShot A2600

        Canon PowerShot A2600

        Compact

        $88 - $110

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Slightly heavier

        Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Compact

        $90 - $120

        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker
        Samsung WB200F

        Samsung WB200F

        Travel zoom

        $150

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Size Larger
        Weight Much heavier

        appearance

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