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
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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

        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Compact

        $79

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
        Nikon Coolpix S3300

        Nikon Coolpix S3300

        Compact

        $92

        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

        Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

        Compact

        $90

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
        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 A2300 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Compact

        $225

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Lowest price More expensive
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

        Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

        Compact

        $85

        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Compact

        $180

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Weight Heavier
        Lowest price More expensive
        Canon PowerShot A2200

        Canon PowerShot A2200

        Compact

        $74

        Lowest price Slightly cheaper
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Canon PowerShot A810

        Canon PowerShot A810

        Compact

        $148 - $169

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Size Significantly larger
        Thickness Significantly thicker

        Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L610

        Nikon Coolpix L610

        Travel zoom

        $93

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Size Much larger
        Weight Much heavier
        Nikon Coolpix S3000

        Nikon Coolpix S3000

        Compact

        $250

        Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Nikon Coolpix S2700

        Nikon Coolpix S2700

        Compact

        $110

        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot A1400

        Canon PowerShot A1400

        Compact

        $138

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Macro focus Much better macro capability
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Size Significantly larger
        Sony Cybershot DSC-W570

        Sony Cybershot W570

        Ultra compact

        $160

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Thickness Slightly thicker

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