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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Macro focus Much better macro capability 3 cm vs 10 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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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 Slightly cheaper $131.19 vs $179.99
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The best price we've seen is $49 cheaper (around 30% 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
              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"
              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

              $372

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Compact

              $110

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Compact

              $169

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $94 - $120

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Compact

              $128

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $100 - $118

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Compact

              $200

              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $110 - $180

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $200

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Compact

              $167

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

              Compact

              $98

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Compact

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Fujifilm FinePix S3400

              Fujifilm FinePix S3400

              Super zoom

              $284

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Olympus FE-5030

              Olympus FE5030

              Compact

              $139 - $227

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

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