Updated (February 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot S95 vs Nikon Coolpix P310

Canon PowerShot S95 vs Nikon Coolpix P300

Canon PowerShot S95
Nikon Coolpix P300

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P300

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

Items often bought with the Canon S95 or Nikon P300

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot S95.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon S95

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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
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Size
Smaller
100×58×30 mm vs 103×58×32 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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
1.2" vs 1.3"
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Around 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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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
120 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x 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
8 fps vs 1.9 fps
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More than 4x faster continuous shooting
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)
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Battery life
Longer battery life
240 shots vs 200 shots
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20% more shots per battery charge
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$349.00 vs $400.00
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The best price we've seen is $51 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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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
S95f/2
P300f/1.8
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
S95
  1. Lens
P300
  1. Lens
  2. Sensor shift
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
S95200 shots
P300240 shots
Zoom Poor zoom Help
S953.8x
P3004.2x

Compared to recent pro digicams

Common Strengths
Size Very small Help
S95100×58×30 mm
P300103×58×32 mm
Weight Very light Help
S95193 g
P300189 g
Thickness Thin Help
S951.2"
P3001.3"
Common Weaknesses
Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
S951/1600s
P3001/2000s
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
S9512,800 ISO
P300None
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
S9510 MP
P3009.7 MP
Sensor size Very small sensors Help
S951/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
P3001/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$290

Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Pro digicam

$484 - $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
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
Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1

Pro digicam

$206

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Screen type Has an OLED screen
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier

Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$349

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Supports 24p No 24p support
Weight Heavier
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$265

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Movie format Higher resolution movies
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

Pro digicam

$948

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Wide angle Much better wide angle
Size Significantly larger
Weight Much heavier
Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S200

Pro digicam

$314

Wide angle Much better wide angle
Aperture Wider aperture
Supports RAW No RAW support

Nikon Coolpix P300 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340

Pro digicam

$350

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Battery life Shorter battery life
Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330

Pro digicam

$328

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
3D Takes 3D photos
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
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 S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Travel zoom

$249 - $297

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

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discussion

Canon PowerShot S95
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Showing 13 comments

wahid (4:43 PM, December 10, 2011)
to snapsort, if cmos better than ccd so ,why
Hasselblad H4D-200MS(40,000usd 200mg px),Leica
S2(22,000 usd,37mg px), Mamiya DM28(56 mg px),
pentex 654d(10,000usd, 40mg px),Phase one &
other medium formet dslr using ccd in their
latest dslr?
 
Gloria (2:51 AM, October 25, 2011)
Love my new Nikon p300.  Took it to France for 3 weeks and shot inside cathedrals without flash!  Fast shutter and good
stabilization;  excellent in low light conditions.
 
Chuck (0:12 PM, October 12, 2011)
I have both, my wife and I both work as professional photographers, the Nikon is better in low light, and in general.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:46 PM, July 21, 2011)
Hi newbee, yes, the Canon S95 will definitely offer better image quality due to its larger sensor, especially at higher ISO.  
 
newbee (10:29 AM, July 21, 2011)
Does the fact that Canon s95 offeres a much larger sensor mean "better image quality overall" ?

The only pro of Canon s95 over nikon p300 seems to be the larger sensor..

Nikon wins in the maximum aperture -f 1.8-  and wide angle -24mm* areas..
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:21 PM, June 17, 2011)
Hi Karlitban89, are you sure?  According to Canon USA the Canon S95's lens goes from 28mm-105mm: http://usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/digital_cameras/powershot_s95#Specifications
 
Karlitabang89 (3:47 AM, June 17, 2011)
The s95 specs are wrong when it comes to the wide angle. It is 24mm.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (6:29 PM, March 21, 2011)
Hi Fi, thanks for checking out the site. I've double checked against Nikon's specs and I believe we have the specs accurate, if you see any mistakes please let us know and we'll correct it asap.
 
Fi (0:18 PM, March 19, 2011)
You guys have quite a few mistakes here... Although the P300 has just entered the market the specs have been announced for quite a while.
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:08 PM, February 15, 2011)
Thanks Wdedgar - we'll correct that, the P300 does not have a viewfinder.
 
Wdedgar (8:59 AM, February 15, 2011)
Ya... no digital viewfinder either... if I review more you need to pay me!
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:16 PM, February 10, 2011)
Our mistake, we'll have the specs updated shortly, thanks!
 
Newplayer (8:54 AM, February 10, 2011)
I thought the p300 has flash as well so how is it an advantage for the s95?