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



Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

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

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
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
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Advantages of the Canon S95

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Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
Get that real film feel
Sensor size Larger sensor 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
More than 50% larger sensor
Size Smaller 99x58x29 mm vs 103x58x32 mm
More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs None
Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Thickness Thinner 1.2" vs 1.3"
Around 10% thinner
Longest exposure Longer exposures 15s vs 8s
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
Around 2x higher resolution screen
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
More than 10% better wide angle
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 430 ms vs 610 ms
Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Aperture Wider aperture f/1.8 vs f/2.0
At its widest zoom, the P300's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 120 fps vs None
Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Startup delay Less startup delay 1500 ms vs 2200 ms
More than 30% less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 8 fps vs 1.9 fps
More than 4x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Battery life Longer battery life 240 shots vs 200 shots
20% more shots per battery charge
Nikon Coolpix P300 Learn more about
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Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the Nikon P300.


Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Aperture Very wide aperture Help
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures
Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
S95:610 ms
P300:430 ms
Zoom Poor zoom Help

Compared to recent pro digicams

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Size Very small Help
S95:99x58x29 mm
P300:103x58x32 mm
Weight Very light Help
S95:193 g
P300:189 g
Thickness Thin Help
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
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
S95:12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
S95:10 MP
P300:9.7 MP
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
S95:200 shots
P300:240 shots
External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons
High-speed framerate Help
P300:120 fps
Sensor size Very small sensors Help
S95:1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
P300:1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm




Shared Competitors



Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$447 - $449

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Weight Is slightly heavier
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$278 - $400

Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$228 - $249

High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam


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
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Pro digicam


Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
Battery life Has a much longer battery life
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340

Pro digicam


Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam

$348 - $370

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

Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors



Canon PowerShot S90

Canon PowerShot S90

Pro digicam

Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Supports 24p No 24p support
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S200

Pro digicam

$331 - $420

Wide angle Better wide angle
Aperture Wider aperture

Nikon Coolpix P300 Competitors



Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330

Pro digicam


Supports RAW Shoots RAW
3D Takes 3D photos
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon Coolpix P310

Nikon Coolpix P310

Pro digicam


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 S9700

Nikon Coolpix S9700

Travel zoom


Zoom Much more zoom
Screen type Has an OLED screen
Aperture Much narrower aperture
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR


Canon PowerShot S95 Nikon Coolpix P300
Canon PowerShot S95 Nikon Coolpix P300
Canon PowerShot S95 Nikon Coolpix P300


Canon PowerShot S95
PowerShot S95

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Nikon Coolpix P300
Coolpix P300

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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?