Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Nikon Coolpix P310

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Size
Really small
Compact 99x60x28 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P300

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1500 ms startup delay
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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Advantages of the Canon S100

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Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Sensor size Larger sensor 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 250 ms vs 430 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies 240 fps vs 120 fps
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2x higher fps
Size Smaller 99x60x28 mm vs 103x58x32 mm
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More than 10% smaller
True resolution Higher true resolution 12 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The S100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.3"
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More than 10% thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 9.6 fps vs 8 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure Longer exposures 15s vs 8s
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Around 90% longer exposures
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $255.00 vs $299.00
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The best price we've seen is $44 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon P300

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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1500 ms vs 2400 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
Aperture Wider aperture f/1.8 vs f/2.0
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At its widest zoom, the P300's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Battery life Longer battery life 240 shots vs 200 shots
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20% more shots per battery charge
Weight Slightly lighter 189 g vs 198 g
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Almost the same
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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Aperture Very wide aperture Help
S100:f/2.0
P300:f/1.8
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
S100:Lens
P300:Lens, Sensor shift
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
S100:250 ms
P300:430 ms
Zoom Poor zoom Help
S100:5x
P300:4.2x

Compared to recent pro digicams

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Size Very small Help
S100:99x60x28 mm
P300:103x58x32 mm
Weight Very light Help
S100:198 g
P300:189 g
Thickness Thin Help
S100:1.1"
P300:1.3"
Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
S100:15s
P300:8s
External flash No external flash support Help
Less expandable
Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
S100:12,800 ISO
P300:None
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
S100:200 shots
P300:240 shots
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons
External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
S100:6,400 ISO
P300:3,200 ISO
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
S100:12 MP
P300:9.7 MP
Sensor size Very small sensors Help
S100:1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
P300:1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm

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Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$228 - $249

Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$330 - $453

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Weight Is slightly heavier
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$448 - $528

Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
Thickness Is thicker
Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$330

Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$308 - $398

Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330

Pro digicam

$240 - $380

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
Thickness Is thicker
HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Pro digicam

$599

Battery life Has a much longer battery life
Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker

Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

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Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S200

Pro digicam

$320

Aperture Wider aperture
Size Slightly smaller
Movie format Lower resolution movies
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Pro digicam

$699 - $700

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Supports 24p No 24p support
Size Significantly larger

Nikon Coolpix P300 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix P310

Nikon Coolpix P310

Pro digicam

$311

3D Takes 3D photos
Macro focus Better macro capability
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340

Pro digicam

$347 - $694

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Sensor size Larger sensor
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$947 body only

$1,247 with 18-140mm lens

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Autofocus Faster autofocus
Size Much larger
Image stabilization No image stabilization

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