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

Size
Really small
Ultra compact 93x57x18 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
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
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
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)
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
3 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 3.3x closer to the lens
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
360 ms vs 570 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
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
Lens vs 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
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 HS92x55x19 mm
              S310093x57x18 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              300 HS0.8"
              S31000.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              300 HS141 g
              S3100118 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              300 HS$99.99
              S3100$100.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              300 HS360 ms
              S3100570 ms
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $129

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens
              Fujifilm Finepix JX500

              Fujifilm Finepix JX500

              Compact

              $74

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $159 - $164

              Screen size Larger screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Canon ELPH 310 HS

              Travel zoom

              $258

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Canon IXUS 255 HS

              Travel zoom

              $578

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Compact

              $128

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Fujifilm FinePix JX300

              Fujifilm FinePix JX300

              Compact

              $89

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix S6200

              Nikon Coolpix S6200

              Travel zoom

              $134

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Size Larger
              Fujifilm FinePix E550 Zoom

              Fujifilm FinePix E550 Zoom

              Pro digicam

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S5100

              Nikon Coolpix S5100

              Compact

              $130

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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