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 93x57x18 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
Lens
Size
Really small
Compact 95x56x24 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 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 A3200 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
490 ms vs 570 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
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
93x57x18 mm vs 95x56x24 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 1 f-stop 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
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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recommendations

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 IS95x56x24 mm
              S310093x57x18 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              A3200 IS149 g
              S3100118 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              A3200 IS1"
              S31000.7"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A3200 IS$111.32
              S3100$109.99
              Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              A3200 IS490 ms
              S3100570 ms
              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
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              A3200 IS1,600 ISO
              S31003,200 ISO
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Compact

              $126

              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix T200

              Fujifilm FinePix T200

              Travel zoom

              $99

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $100

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Compact

              $139

              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $129

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot A3200 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $282 - $348

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $152

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,000 body only

              $1,600 with 17-85mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $180

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Lowest price More expensive

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $272

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Larger
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $91

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

              Compact

              $199

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Compact

              $149

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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