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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 A3200 IS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Macro focus
Great macro
3 cm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon A3200 IS

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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)
Macro focus Much better macro capability 3 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 3.3x closer to the lens
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
Wide angle Better wide angle 26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
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
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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

        Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        A3200 IS:490 ms
        S3100:570 ms
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        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

        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Compact

        $86 - $120

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Compact

        $180

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Compact

        $169

        Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
        Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $235 - $359

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Compact

        $75 - $126

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
        Canon PowerShot A1400

        Canon PowerShot A1400

        Compact

        $68 - $103

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Canon PowerShot A3200 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot A2600

        Canon PowerShot A2600

        Compact

        $88

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Size Smaller
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

        Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

        Compact

        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Compact

        $189

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $180 - $279

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker
        Canon PowerShot A430

        Canon PowerShot A430

        Compact

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Screen size Much smaller screen

        Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S3300

        Nikon Coolpix S3300

        Compact

        $152

        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

        Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

        Compact

        $73

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Macro focus Much better macro capability
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Nikon Coolpix S2700

        Nikon Coolpix S2700

        Compact

        $76 - $110

        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix S3600

        Nikon Coolpix S3600

        Travel zoom

        $109 - $120

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

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