Nikon Coolpix S100 vs Canon PowerShot A2500

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Nikon Coolpix S100

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Canon PowerShot A2500

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Large screen
Screen size
3.5"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
820k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot A2500

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.8
Thickness
Thin
0.8"

Items often bought with the Nikon S100 or Canon A2500

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differences

Advantages of the Canon A2500

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the A2500's lens captures slightly more light (1 f-stops)
Battery life
Longer battery life
220 shots vs 150 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Slightly lighter
125 g vs 138 g
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Around 10% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1500s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$134.00 vs $156.55
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The best price we've seen is $23 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon S100

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.5" vs 2.7"
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Around 30% larger screen
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
Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
820k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 3.5x higher resolution screen
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6 fps vs 0.8 fps
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7.5x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Thinner
0.7" vs 0.8"
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More than 10% thinner
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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
              Size Fairly small Help
              A250098×56×21 mm
              S10099×65×18 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              A25000.8"
              S1000.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              A2500125 g
              S100138 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              A2500$134.00
              S100$156.55
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              A2500220 shots
              S100150 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              A25001,600 ISO
              S1003,200 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $352

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $108 - $111

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot A2500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 (IXUS 160)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 160 (IXUS 160)

              Travel zoom

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $320

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $88 - $110

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Much thicker
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A1400

              Canon PowerShot A1400

              Compact

              $300

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Size Significantly larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Canon PowerShot A2600

              Compact

              $198

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Lowest price More expensive

              Nikon Coolpix S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S2900HD

              Fujifilm FinePix S2900HD

              Super zoom

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Much larger
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix L31

              Nikon Coolpix L31

              Compact

              $90 - $95

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $70

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon ELPH 520 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

              Ultra compact

              $157

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX66

              Ultra compact

              $268

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

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