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

Nikon Coolpix S9100 vs Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Winner
Nikon Coolpix S9100

60

Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

51

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

Great zoom
Zoom
18x
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
25 mm
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS

Size
Really small
Compact (95×56×24 mm)
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Thickness
Thin
0.9"
Weight
Light-weight
145 g

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot A4000 IS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S9100.

differences

Advantages of the Canon A4000 IS

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Size
Much smaller
95×56×24 mm vs 105×62×35 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3 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)
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 4.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 4x closer to the lens
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
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
$142.98 vs $264.50
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The best price we've seen is $122 cheaper (around 50% 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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Wide angle
Significantly 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
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Zoom
More zoom
18x vs 8x
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More than 5x more zoom
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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 2 f-stops 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
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              A4000 IS1,600 ISO
              S91003,200 ISO
              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
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Travel zoom

              $379

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot A4000 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $223

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $115

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

              Compact

              $99

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Canon ELPH 115 HS

              Canon ELPH 115 HS

              Travel zoom

              $128

              Size Smaller
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $139

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Zoom Slightly less zoom

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900

              Ultra compact

              $260

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Much smaller
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Olympus Stylus 9000

              Olympus Stylus 9000

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $230

              GPS Has a GPS
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $297 - $327

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Travel zoom

              $334

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom

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