Updated (February 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot S95 vs Nikon Coolpix P300

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P300

Wide aperture
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
120 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light


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.


Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam


High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Weight Slightly heavier
Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$449 - $515

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S200

Pro digicam


Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Overall image quality Better image quality
Supports RAW No RAW support

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
Nikon DL18-50

Nikon DL18-50

Pro digicam


Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
Sensor size Much larger sensor
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340

Pro digicam


Supports RAW Shoots RAW
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR


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?