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
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P300

Wide aperture
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
120 fps
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama


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 S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam


High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Wide angle Much better wide angle
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam


High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Wide angle Much better wide angle
Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Pro digicam

$486 - $649

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Size Significantly larger

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 Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340

Pro digicam


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

Nikon Coolpix P330

Pro digicam


Supports RAW Shoots RAW
3D Takes 3D photos
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies


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
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 8s
Around 90% longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$400.00 vs $438.97
The best price we've seen is $39 cheaper (around 10% less)
Canon PowerShot S95 Learn more about
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Advantages of the Nikon P300

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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
Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
More than 10% better wide angle
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
Around 2x higher resolution screen
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
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
Battery life
Longer battery life
240 shots vs 200 shots
20% more shots per battery charge
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
20% faster max shutter speed
Nikon Coolpix P300 Learn more about
the Nikon P300


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
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
  1. Lens
  1. Lens
  2. Sensor shift
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Lowest price Very expensive Help
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
3,200 ISO
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Zoom Poor zoom Help

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
Common Weaknesses
Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
External flash No external flash support Help
Less expandable
Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
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
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
S9510 MP
P3009.7 MP
Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
S95200 shots
P300240 shots
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
S951.9 fps
P3008 fps
Sensor size Very small sensors Help
S951/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
P3001/2.3" 6.18x4.55mm
Movie format Poor movies Help
S95720p @ 24fps
P3001080p @ 30fps




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?