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

Canon Powershot S100 vs Nikon Coolpix P300

Canon Powershot S100
Nikon Coolpix P300

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
Really small
Size
Compact (99×60×28 mm)
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P300

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1500 ms startup delay
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot S100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P300.

differences

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" 7.49x5.52mm vs 1/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 120 fps
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2x higher fps
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Size
Smaller
99×60×28 mm vs 103×58×32 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 2 f-stops 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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
9.6 fps vs 8 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.3"
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More than 10% thinner
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 8s
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Around 90% longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$325.00 vs $349.00
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The best price we've seen is $24 cheaper (around 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
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2
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At its widest zoom, the P300's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1500 ms vs 2400 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
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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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the Nikon P300.

similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths
Aperture Very wide aperture Help
S100f/2
P300f/1.8
Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
S1001080p @ 24fps
P3001080p @ 30fps
Wide angle Good wide angle Help
24 mm
High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
S100240 fps
P300120 fps
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
S100
  1. Lens
P300
  1. Lens
  2. Sensor shift
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Common Weaknesses
Lowest price Very expensive Help
S100$325.00
P300$349.00
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Zoom Poor zoom Help
S1005x
P3004.2x

Compared to recent pro digicams

Common Strengths
Size Very small Help
S10099×60×28 mm
P300103×58×32 mm
Weight Light weight Help
S100198 g
P300189 g
Thickness Thin Help
S1001.1"
P3001.3"
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
S100$325.00
P300$349.00
Common Weaknesses
Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
S10015s
P3008s
Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
1/2000 of a second
External flash No external flash support Help
Less expandable
Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
S10012,800 ISO
P300None
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
S100200 shots
P300240 shots
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
S1006,400 ISO
P3003,200 ISO
External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Sensor size Very small sensors Help
S1001/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
P3001/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$349

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Weight Is slightly heavier
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$250

Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
Dynamic range Has significantly narrower dynamic range
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$470

Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$448

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
Nikon Coolpix P310

Nikon Coolpix P310

Pro digicam

$401

3D Captures 3D images
Focus points Has much more focus points
Thickness Is thicker
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Travel zoom

$282

Zoom Has significantly more zoom
Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam

$399

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is much heavier

Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S200

Pro digicam

$235

Aperture Wider aperture
Size Slightly smaller
Supports RAW No RAW support
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$328 - $398

Aperture Wider aperture
3D Takes 3D photos
Size Much larger
Supports 24p No 24p support

Nikon Coolpix P300 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix A

Nikon Coolpix A

Boutique

$449 - $656

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Nikon Coolpix S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Travel zoom

$297 - $327

Zoom Much more zoom
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Size Much larger

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