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

We are not aware of any reasons to consider buying the Canon PowerShot A2300 IS over the Nikon Coolpix S3100.
 
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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
Lowest price Cheaper $86.95 vs $149.95
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The best price we've seen is $63 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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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:$149.95
              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

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $94 - $99

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              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 ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $214

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              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
              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Compact

              $89

              Thickness Is thicker
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Compact

              $100

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $114 - $180

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Olympus Tough TG-850 iHS

              Waterproof

              $249

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon PowerShot A1300

              Canon PowerShot A1300

              Compact

              $187 - $400

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $95 - $120

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

              Travel zoom

              $160

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix S2500

              Nikon Coolpix S2500

              Compact

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle

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