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 (94×58×18 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

Macro focus
Great macro
3.0 cm
Size
Really small
Super compact (95×54×20 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
3.0 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 Very small Help
              A2300 IS95×54×20 mm
              S310094×58×18 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              A2300 IS125 g
              S3100118 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              A2300 IS0.8"
              S31000.7"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A2300 IS$90.99
              S3100$84.99
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              A2300 IS3.0 cm
              S310010.0 cm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              A2300 IS1,600 ISO
              S31003,200 ISO
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              A2300 IS720p @ 25fps
              S3100720p @ 30fps
              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 Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W570

              Sony Cybershot W570

              Ultra compact

              $137

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Compact

              $167

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $330

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

              Ultra compact

              $225

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Lowest price More expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $180

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Slightly larger
              Lowest price More expensive
              Olympus VG-160

              Olympus VG-160

              Compact

              $110

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Significantly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37

              Compact

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix S550

              Nikon Coolpix S550

              Compact

              $159

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Compact

              $176

              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Olympus SZ-20

              Olympus SZ-20

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Weight Significantly heavier

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