Updated (February 2012): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Nikon Coolpix P310

Canon Powershot S100 vs Nikon Coolpix P300

Canon Powershot S100
Nikon Coolpix P300

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Really small
Size
Compact (99×60×28 mm)
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
9.6 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P300

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm

Items often bought with the Canon S100 or Nikon P300

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot S100.
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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
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 120 fps
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2x higher fps
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
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
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
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 (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
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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)
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

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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths
Aperture Very wide aperture Help
S100f/2
P300f/1.8
High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
S100240 fps
P300120 fps
Wide angle Good wide angle Help
24 mm
Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
S1001080p @ 24fps
P3001080p @ 30fps
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
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
S100200 shots
P300240 shots
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 Very light Help
S100198 g
P300189 g
Thickness Thin Help
S1001.1"
P3001.3"
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
S100$358.00
P300$349.00
Common Weaknesses
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
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
S10012,800 ISO
P300None
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
S1006,400 ISO
P3003,200 ISO
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
S10012 MP
P3009.7 MP
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

$314 - $349

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

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

$400

Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Pro digicam

$483 - $649

Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Nikon Coolpix S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Travel zoom

$249 - $297

Zoom Has way more more zoom
Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Canon PowerShot S90

Canon PowerShot S90

Pro digicam

$299

Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330

Pro digicam

$328

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
3D Captures 3D images
Thickness Is thicker
HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature

Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$259

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
GPS No built-in GPS
Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S200

Pro digicam

$341

Aperture Wider aperture
Size Slightly smaller
Supports RAW No RAW support
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

Travel zoom

$229

Zoom More zoom
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Aperture Much narrower aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

Nikon Coolpix P300 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340

Pro digicam

$330

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Battery life Shorter battery life
Nikon Coolpix P310

Nikon Coolpix P310

Pro digicam

$369

3D Takes 3D photos
Macro focus Better macro capability
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Travel zoom

3D Takes 3D photos
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

Compact

$223

Touch screen Has a touch screen
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Nikon Coolpix P530

Nikon Coolpix P530

Super zoom

$199 - $297

Zoom Much more zoom
Macro focus Better macro capability
Size Much larger
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

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