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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3100

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
 

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
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
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        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        A3200 IS:95x56x24 mm
        S3100:93x57x18 mm
        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"
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported
        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 A2200

        Canon PowerShot A2200

        Compact

        $74 - $89

        Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
        Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

        Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

        Compact

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix S3300

        Nikon Coolpix S3300

        Compact

        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix L28

        Nikon Coolpix L28

        Compact

        $88

        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

        Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

        Ultra compact

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

        Canon PowerShot A3200 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony DSC-S5000

        Sony DSC-S5000

        Compact

        $127 - $130

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Built-in flash No built-in flash
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Compact

        $109 - $180

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Sony Cybershot W530

        Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

        Ultra compact

        $109

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Size Smaller
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Shutter lag More shutter lag
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S2000

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S2000

        Compact

        Shutter lag Less shutter lag
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle

        Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Compact

        $169

        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Compact

        $149 - $179

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Weight Heavier
        Nikon Coolpix S4100

        Nikon Coolpix S4100

        Compact

        $107

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W90

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W90

        Compact

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Compact

        $86 - $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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