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

In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

Macro focus
Great macro
3 cm

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
$112.00 vs $143.00
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The best price we've seen is $31 cheaper (more than 20% 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
              Size Fairly small Help
              A2300 IS95x54x20 mm
              S310093x57x18 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              A2300 IS0.8"
              S31000.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              A2300 IS125 g
              S3100118 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A2300 IS$143.00
              S3100$112.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              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 IS720p @ 25fps
              S3100720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $150

              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
              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Compact

              $112

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $125

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $149

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $199 - $210

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $170

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $159

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

              Compact

              $110

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

              Compact

              $185

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Kodak EasyShare M532

              Kodak EasyShare M532

              Compact

              $299

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix S4100

              Nikon Coolpix S4100

              Compact

              $70

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $65

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SD880 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD880 IS

              Compact

              $499

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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