Nikon Coolpix S3100 vs Canon PowerShot A810

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Nikon Coolpix S3100

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Canon PowerShot A810

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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)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A810

Macro focus
Great macro
3.0 cm
Longest exposure
Long exposures
15 seconds

galleries

Explore our gallery of 1 sample photo taken by the Canon PowerShot A810.
Explore our gallery of 38 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S3100.

differences

Advantages of the Canon A810

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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
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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Size
Significantly smaller
94×58×18 mm vs 95×62×30 mm
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More than 40% smaller
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
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.7" vs 1.2"
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Around 40% thinner
Weight
Lighter
118 g vs 171 g
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More than 30% lighter
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
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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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A810$87.26
              S3100$84.99
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              A8100.8 fps
              S31000.7 fps
              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
              A8103.0 cm
              S310010.0 cm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              A8101,600 ISO
              S31003,200 ISO
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              A810720p @ 25fps
              S3100720p @ 30fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Compact

              $176

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $160

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot A810 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Compact

              $77

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Slightly smaller
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix L31

              Nikon Coolpix L31

              Compact

              $86 - $92

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Canon PowerShot A1200

              Canon PowerShot A1200

              Compact

              $280

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Size Larger
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon Coolpix L26

              Nikon Coolpix L26

              Compact

              $195

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot A1400

              Canon PowerShot A1400

              Compact

              $120 - $151

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S550

              Nikon Coolpix S550

              Compact

              $159

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Olympus SZ-20

              Olympus SZ-20

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Nikon Coolpix AW130

              Compact

              $297

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $170

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix S6000

              Nikon Coolpix S6000

              Compact

              $400

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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