Nikon Coolpix S3100

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Nikon Coolpix S3100

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Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

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Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3100

Really small
Size
Ultra compact 93x57x18 mm
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
Light-weight
Weight
118 g
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

Size
Really small
Compact 95x56x24 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Macro focus
Great macro
3 cm
 

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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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
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
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
Slightly cheaper
$119.00 vs $148.16
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The best price we've seen is $29 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              A3200 IS:95x56x24 mm
              S3100:93x57x18 mm
              Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              A3200 IS:490 ms
              S3100:570 ms
              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 Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $99 - $182

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $99

              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $159

              Kodak EasyShare M532

              Kodak EasyShare M532

              Compact

              $199

              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $98

              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Movie format Records lower quality movies

              Canon PowerShot A3200 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Compact

              $110

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $125

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Samsung ST66

              Samsung ST66

              Digicam

              $85

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

              Compact

              $90

              Size Smaller
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Compact

              $112

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $87

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Compact

              $72

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Size Significantly larger
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Compact

              $75 - $100

              Screen size Larger screen
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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