Updated (February, 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS vs Nikon Coolpix S3100

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Winner
Canon ELPH 300 HS

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Nikon Coolpix S3100

57

Nikon Coolpix S3100

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Reasons to buy the Canon ELPH 300 HS

Size
Really small
Super compact 92x55x19 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
 

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
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 300 HS

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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)
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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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 Significantly less shutter lag 360 ms vs 570 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 26 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
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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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        300 HS:92x55x19 mm
        S3100:93x57x18 mm
        Thickness Thin Help
        300 HS:0.8"
        S3100:0.7"
        Weight Light weight Help
        300 HS:141 g
        S3100:118 g
        Supports RAW No RAW support Help
        Less editing fidelity
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        300 HS:360 ms
        S3100:570 ms
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        300 HS:3.4 fps
        S3100:0.7 fps
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        2.7"
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        5x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

        Travel zoom

        $115 - $250

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier

        Canon ELPH 300 HS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Travel zoom

        $179 - $204

        Screen size Larger screen
        Zoom More zoom
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Compact

        $220

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

        Canon IXUS 255 HS

        Travel zoom

        $241 - $270

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

        Canon ELPH 310 HS

        Travel zoom

        $369

        Screen size Larger screen
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot S120

        Canon PowerShot S120

        Pro digicam

        $449 - $451

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

        Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S3300

        Nikon Coolpix S3300

        Compact

        $101

        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Compact

        $169

        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

        Travel zoom

        $141

        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Size Larger
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Compact

        $80 - $120

        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix 3200

        Nikon Coolpix 3200

        Compact

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Screen size Much smaller screen

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        discussion

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