Nikon Coolpix S3100 vs Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

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Nikon Coolpix S3100

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Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3100

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
26 mm
Really small
Size
Ultra compact (94×58×18 mm)
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Contrast detection
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

Screen size
Large screen
3"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Macro focus
Great macro
3.0 cm
Size
Really small
Compact (95×57×24 mm)

galleries

Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS.
Explore our gallery of 38 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S3100.

differences

Advantages of the Canon A3300 IS

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 10.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3.3x closer to the lens
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the A3300 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
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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Wide angle
Better wide angle
26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Smaller
94×58×18 mm vs 95×57×24 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 2 f-stops 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
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$100.00 vs $150.00
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The best price we've seen is $50 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              A3300 IS95×57×24 mm
              S310094×58×18 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              A3300 IS149 g
              S3100118 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              A3300 IS1"
              S31000.7"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A3300 IS$150.00
              S3100$100.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              A3300 IS3.0 cm
              S310010.0 cm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              A3300 IS1,600 ISO
              S31003,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $160

              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $139

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Compact

              $128

              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

              Travel zoom

              $143

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

              Compact

              $154

              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

              Entry-level DSLR

              $373 body only

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Size Much larger
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Compact

              $99

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

              Compact

              $230

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Compact

              $150

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix S2900

              Nikon Coolpix S2900

              Compact

              $113

              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Compact

              $175

              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

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              Praveen kumar singh (5:13 PM, August 23, 2011)
              canon a3200  result is better then nikon s3100