Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 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
Really small
Size
Compact 99x58x29 mm
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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

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" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
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
Size
Smaller
99x58x29 mm vs 103x58x32 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$249.00 vs $349.00
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The best price we've seen is $100 cheaper (around 30% less)
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
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
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
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
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/2.0
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At its widest zoom, the P300's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
8 fps vs 1.9 fps
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More than 4x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
430 ms vs 610 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1500 ms vs 2200 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 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
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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
S95:f/2.0
P300:f/1.8
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
S95:610 ms
P300:430 ms
Zoom Poor zoom Help
S95:3.8x
P300:4.2x

Compared to recent pro digicams

Common Strengths
Size Very small Help
S95:99x58x29 mm
P300:103x58x32 mm
Weight Very light Help
S95:193 g
P300:189 g
Thickness Very thin Help
S95:1.2"
P300:1.3"
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
S95:$249.00
P300:$349.00
Common Weaknesses
Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
S95:15s
P300:8s
External flash No external flash support Help
Less expandable
Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
S95:1/1600s
P300:1/2000s
Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
S95:10 MP
P300:9.7 MP
Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
S95:12,800 ISO
P300:None
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
S95:200 shots
P300:240 shots
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons
External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
S95:1.9 fps
P300:8 fps
High-speed framerate Help
S95:None
P300:120 fps
Sensor size Very small sensors Help
S95:1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
P300:1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$399

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

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$218

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

$179

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

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$498 - $798

Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S200

Pro digicam

$320

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Pro digicam

$300

Battery life Has a much longer battery life
Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Weight Is significantly heavier
HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1

Pro digicam

$200

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 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
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Pro digicam

$599

Battery life Much longer battery life
Wide angle Better wide angle
Size Much larger
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16

Pro digicam

$449 - $450

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Size Much larger
Supports 24p No 24p support

Nikon Coolpix P300 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340

Pro digicam

$347

Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Sensor size Larger sensor
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Battery life Shorter battery life
Nikon Coolpix P310

Nikon Coolpix P310

Pro digicam

$397

3D Takes 3D photos
Macro focus Better macro capability
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Travel zoom

$297 - $448

Zoom Much more zoom
3D Takes 3D photos
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Size Significantly larger

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discussion

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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?