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

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Great macro
Macro focus
1 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3100

Size
Really small
Ultra compact 93x57x18 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
118 g
 

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
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)
Wide angle
Better wide angle
26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
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
Slightly cheaper
$119.00 vs $186.02
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The best price we've seen is $67 cheaper (around 40% 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

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              SX130 IS:12x
              S3100:5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant shared competitors found.

              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

              Travel zoom

              $247

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $150 - $248

              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $229

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $149 - $179

              Weight Lighter
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cybershot W530

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

              Ultra compact

              $140

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $87

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $98 - $119

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 115 HS

              Canon ELPH 115 HS

              Travel zoom

              $95 - $266

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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