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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

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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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 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"
Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
720p @ 30fps
Zoom Poor zoom Help
5x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix S3300

Nikon Coolpix S3300

Compact

$92

Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
Nikon Coolpix L610

Nikon Coolpix L610

Travel zoom

$93

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Movie format Records higher quality movies
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is much heavier
Canon PowerShot A2500

Canon PowerShot A2500

Compact

$79

Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
Nikon Coolpix L26

Nikon Coolpix L26

Compact

$133

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

Canon PowerShot A3200 IS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH8

Compact

$122

Wide angle Better wide angle
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Macro focus Slightly worse macro capability
True resolution Slightly lower true resolution
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
Nikon Coolpix S5200

Nikon Coolpix S5200

Digicam

$104 - $229

3D Takes 3D photos
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Size Much larger
Aperture Narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$225

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Canon IXUS 135

Canon IXUS 135

Travel zoom

$281

Autofocus Faster autofocus
Size Smaller
Aperture Narrower aperture
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

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 S2600

Nikon Coolpix S2600

Compact

$169

Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
Nikon Coolpix S2700

Nikon Coolpix S2700

Compact

$110

Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
Aperture Narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot A1400

Canon PowerShot A1400

Compact

$137

Aperture Wider aperture
Macro focus Much better macro capability
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Size Significantly larger

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