Nikon Coolpix S3100 vs Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

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Nikon Coolpix S3100

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Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3100

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
26 mm
Really small
Size
Ultra compact (94×58×18 mm)
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Macro focus
Great macro
3.0 cm
Size
Really small
Compact (95×57×24 mm)

galleries

Explore our gallery of 19 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot A3200 IS.
Explore our gallery of 38 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S3100.

differences

Advantages of the Canon A3200 IS

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 10.0 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 A3200 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
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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Wide angle
Better wide angle
26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Smaller
94×58×18 mm vs 95×57×24 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S3100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 1"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
118 g vs 149 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$84.99 vs $154.56
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (around 50% less)
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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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
              A3200 IS95×57×24 mm
              S310094×58×18 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              A3200 IS149 g
              S3100118 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              A3200 IS1"
              S31000.7"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A3200 IS$154.56
              S3100$84.99
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              A3200 IS3.0 cm
              S310010.0 cm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              A3200 IS1,600 ISO
              S31003,200 ISO
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $160

              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SD960 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD960 IS

              Compact

              $225

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Canon PowerShot A3200 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Compact

              $189

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS

              Compact

              $398

              Size Smaller
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $156

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Compact

              $91

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Compact

              $118

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S550

              Nikon Coolpix S550

              Compact

              $159

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Olympus SZ-20

              Olympus SZ-20

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Compact

              $297

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $170

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix S6000

              Nikon Coolpix S6000

              Compact

              $400

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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