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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3100

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

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Macro focus
Great macro
3 cm
 
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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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        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        A3200 IS:95x56x24 mm
        S3100:93x57x18 mm
        Weight Light weight Help
        A3200 IS:149 g
        S3100:118 g
        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 A2500

        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Compact

        $80

        Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
        Nikon Coolpix L610

        Nikon Coolpix L610

        Travel zoom

        $98

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        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

        Canon PowerShot A3200 IS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

        Travel zoom

        $129 - $149

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Zoom More zoom
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

        Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

        Travel zoom

        $110 - $180

        Screen size Larger screen
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon IXUS 135

        Canon IXUS 135

        Travel zoom

        $283

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Size Smaller
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Travel zoom

        $407

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Compact

        $225

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Movie format Higher resolution movies

        Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S3300

        Nikon Coolpix S3300

        Compact

        $92

        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix S3000

        Nikon Coolpix S3000

        Compact

        $250

        Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Nikon Coolpix S2700

        Nikon Coolpix S2700

        Compact

        $110

        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Lowest price Slightly cheaper
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Kodak EasyShare M532

        Kodak EasyShare M532

        Compact

        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
        Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Nikon Coolpix L24

        Nikon Coolpix L24

        Compact

        Screen size Larger screen
        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Size Significantly larger

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