Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS vs Nikon Coolpix S9300

Nikon Coolpix S9100

Winner
Nikon Coolpix S9100

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Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

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Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

Great zoom
Zoom
18x
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon A4000 IS

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Size
Significantly smaller
95x56x24 mm vs 105x62x35 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.0 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the A4000 IS's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 4 cm
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Focus on subjects 4x closer to the lens
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.9" vs 1.4"
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More than 30% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
145 g vs 214 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$122.95 vs $264.50
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The best price we've seen is $142 cheaper (2.2x less)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 1s
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15x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon S9100

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Zoom
Significantly more zoom
18x vs 8x
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More than 5x more zoom
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 25fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
270 shots vs 175 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S9100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              Compared to recent travel zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $222 - $300

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S8000

              Nikon Coolpix S8000

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $159

              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $160

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Canon IXUS 135

              Canon IXUS 135

              Travel zoom

              $211

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Compact

              $110

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W730

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $138

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Compact

              $110

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Zoom Slightly less zoom

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $275

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $229

              Size Much smaller
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Travel zoom

              $60

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Zoom Less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $340

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Zoom Less zoom
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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