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

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS vs Nikon Coolpix S3100

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS

Large screen
Screen size
3"
Great macro
Macro focus
1.0 cm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3100

Size
Really small
Ultra compact (94×58×18 mm)
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
118 g

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX130 IS.
Explore our gallery of 38 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S3100.

differences

Advantages of the Canon SX130 IS

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 10.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 10x closer to the lens
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
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Less risk of blur
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2500s vs 1/2000s
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20% faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
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
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)
Size
Smaller
94×58×18 mm vs 113×73×46 mm
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3.8x smaller
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 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$84.99 vs $218.45
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The best price we've seen is $133 cheaper (2.6x 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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SX130 IS1 fps
              S31000.7 fps
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              SX130 IS1,600 ISO
              S31003,200 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $170

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37

              Compact

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              $440

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Fujifilm FinePix T550

              Fujifilm FinePix T550

              Travel zoom

              $75

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot SX130 IS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $248

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX120 IS

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix S6200

              Nikon Coolpix S6200

              Travel zoom

              $135

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX160 IS

              Travel zoom

              $231

              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Faster max shutter speed
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $160

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus SZ-20

              Olympus SZ-20

              Travel zoom

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Compact

              $150

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Fujifilm FinePix S9100

              Fujifilm FinePix S9100

              Pro digicam

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Size Much larger
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix S550

              Nikon Coolpix S550

              Compact

              $159

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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