Updated (August 2011): Compare the Canon ELPH 310 HS vs Nikon Coolpix S3100

Canon ELPH 300 HS vs Nikon Coolpix S3100

Winner
Canon ELPH 300 HS

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Nikon Coolpix S3100

52

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3100

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Weight
Light-weight
118 g

galleries

Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Canon ELPH 300 HS.
Explore our gallery of 38 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S3100.

differences

Advantages of the Canon 300 HS

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
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
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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.7 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the 300 HS's lens captures marginally more light (0.5 f-stops)
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
3.4 fps vs 0.7 fps
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Around 5x faster continuous shooting
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$84.99 vs $295.00
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The best price we've seen is $210 cheaper (3.5x less)
Weight
Lighter
118 g vs 141 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
0.7" vs 0.8"
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Around 10% thinner
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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 Very small Help
              300 HS92×56×20 mm
              S310094×58×18 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              300 HS0.8"
              S31000.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              300 HS141 g
              S3100118 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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
              300 HS3.0 cm
              S310010.0 cm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              300 HS3.4 fps
              S31000.7 fps
              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

              No significant shared competitors found.

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $195

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $586

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Travel zoom

              $295

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $144

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $160

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              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 S3700

              Nikon Coolpix S3700

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $117

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              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 S2600

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Compact

              $175

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

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