Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS vs Nikon Coolpix S3100

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3100

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
118 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX130 IS

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Macro focus Much better macro capability 1 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 10x closer to the lens
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Zoom Slightly more zoom 12x vs 5x
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Around 6x more zoom
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon S3100

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Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Wide angle Better wide angle 26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Size Smaller 93x57x18 mm vs 113x73x46 mm
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3.8x smaller
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.2 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the S3100's lens captures marginally more light (0.2 f-stops)
Weight Lighter 118 g vs 308 g
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2.6x lighter
Thickness Thinner 0.7" vs 1.8"
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2.5x thinner
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S3100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price Cheaper $86.95 vs $183.99
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The best price we've seen is $97 cheaper (2.1x less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              SX130 IS:$183.99
              S3100:$86.95
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX130 IS:1 fps
              S3100:0.7 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $149 - $150

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $451

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $115 - $250

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $250

              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $199 - $200

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

              Travel zoom

              $223

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Compact

              $169

              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $86 - $120

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Compact

              $110

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Compact

              $74 - $89

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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