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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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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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"
        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

        Nikon Coolpix S3300

        Nikon Coolpix S3300

        Compact

        $101

        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        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 ELPH 115 HS

        Canon ELPH 115 HS

        Travel zoom

        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot A2200

        Canon PowerShot A2200

        Compact

        $74

        Thickness Is thicker
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

        Canon PowerShot A2300 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Compact

        $79 - $80

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Size Slightly larger
        Thickness Slightly thicker
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS

        Travel zoom

        $126

        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Zoom Slightly more zoom
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Slightly larger
        Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

        Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

        Compact

        $100

        Nikon Coolpix L26

        Nikon Coolpix L26

        Compact

        Screen size Larger screen
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Size Significantly larger
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

        Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

        Compact

        $96

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Screen size Larger screen
        Size Slightly larger
        Weight Heavier

        Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

        Travel zoom

        $141

        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Size Larger
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Nikon Coolpix 3200

        Nikon Coolpix 3200

        Compact

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Nikon Coolpix L27

        Nikon Coolpix L27

        Compact

        $64

        Size Significantly larger
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Compact

        $80 - $120

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

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