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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
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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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"
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 ELPH 110 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

Compact

$220

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
Canon PowerShot A2200

Canon PowerShot A2200

Compact

$74

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

Canon PowerShot A3200 IS Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$220 - $299

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Larger
Weight Heavier
Canon ELPH 100 HS

Canon ELPH 100 HS

Compact

$180 - $471

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

Travel zoom

$129 - $130

Wide angle Better wide angle
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Narrower aperture
Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

Travel zoom

$194

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Aperture Narrower aperture
Size Significantly larger
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

Ultra compact

$100 - $170

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Macro focus Worse macro capability
Longest exposure Shorter max exposures

Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix S3300

Nikon Coolpix S3300

Compact

$101

Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
Aperture Narrower aperture
Nikon Coolpix S2600

Nikon Coolpix S2600

Compact

$169

Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

Travel zoom

$141

Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Size Larger
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
Nikon Coolpix L27

Nikon Coolpix L27

Compact

$64

Size Significantly larger
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
Nikon Coolpix 3200

Nikon Coolpix 3200

Compact

Aperture Wider aperture
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
Wide angle Much worse wide angle
Screen size Much smaller screen

appearance

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discussion

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