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

Really small
Compact (100×58×30 mm)
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
193 g

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P300

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1500 ms startup delay


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot S95.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P300.


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" 6.18x4.55mm
More than 50% larger sensor
100×58×30 mm vs 103×58×32 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
1.2" vs 1.3"
Around 10% thinner
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 9.7 MP
Almost the same
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 8s
Around 90% longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon P300

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
More than 10% better wide angle
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
Around 2x higher resolution screen
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8 fps vs 1.9 fps
More than 4x faster continuous shooting
Wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2
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
Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1500 ms vs 2200 ms
More than 30% less delay when turning on
Battery life
Longer battery life
240 shots vs 200 shots
20% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
$349.00 vs $469.99
The best price we've seen is $121 cheaper (around 30% less)
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
20% faster max shutter speed
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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
Aperture Very wide aperture Help
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures
Screen size Larger than average screens Help
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
  1. Lens
  2. Sensor shift
Common Weaknesses
Lowest price Very expensive Help
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Zoom Poor zoom Help

Compared to recent pro digicams

Common Strengths
Size Fairly small Help
S95100×58×30 mm
P300103×58×32 mm
Weight Very light Help
S95193 g
P300189 g
Thickness Thin Help
Common Weaknesses
Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
External flash No external flash support Help
Less expandable
External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
Can only preview photos on the screen
Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
S9512,800 ISO
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
S9510 MP
P3009.7 MP
Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
S95200 shots
P300240 shots
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
More buttons
Sensor size Very small sensors Help
S951/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
P3001/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm




Shared Competitors



Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam


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

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam


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


High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
Canon PowerShot S90

Canon PowerShot S90

Pro digicam

Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$350 - $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 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-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Pro digicam


Battery life Has a much longer battery life
Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker

Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors



Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Pro digicam

$546 - $649

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Supports 24p No 24p support
Size Significantly larger
Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12

Pro digicam


Battery life Much longer battery life
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Size Much larger
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

Nikon Coolpix P300 Competitors



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 slower
Fujifilm XQ1

Fujifilm XQ1

Pro digicam


Supports RAW Shoots RAW
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
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
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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?