Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Fujifilm FinePix SL240 vs Nikon D3200

Nikon D3100 vs Fujifilm FinePix SL240

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Nikon D3100

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Fujifilm FinePix SL240

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
95%
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Autofocuses shooting video
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Contrast detection
 

Reasons to buy the Fujifilm FinePix SL240

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
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Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection

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Advantages of the Fujifilm SL240

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$152.37 vs $236.54
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The best price we've seen is $84 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Size
Smaller
124x96x73 mm vs 122x93x100 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Battery life
Longer battery life
550 shots vs 300 shots
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More than 80% more shots per battery charge
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Thickness
Thinner
2.9" vs 3.9"
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Around 30% thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
3 fps vs 1.2 fps
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2.5x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D3100's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 8s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              SL240:Digital
              D3100:Pentamirror
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              SL240:3.9"
              D3100:2.9"
              Weight Heavy Help
              SL240:510 g
              D3100:505 g
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              SL240:1.2 fps
              D3100:3 fps
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Size Large Help
              SL240:122x93x100 mm
              D3100:124x96x73 mm
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              SL240:460k dots
              D3100:230k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $705 body only

              $902 with 55-300mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

              Entry-level DSLR

              $845 body only

              $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range

              Fujifilm FinePix SL240 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

              Super zoom

              $342

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Fujifilm FinePix SL1000

              Fujifilm FinePix SL1000

              Super zoom

              $260 - $290

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $150

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              External flash No external flash support
              Kodak PixPro AZ251

              Kodak PixPro AZ251

              Super zoom

              $135 - $174

              Size Significantly smaller
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Fujifilm FinePix SL300

              Fujifilm FinePix SL300

              Super zoom

              $181

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Zoom Slightly more zoom

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $334 body only

              $560 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Slightly larger
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $529 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $393 body only

              $429 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

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