Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L320 vs Nikon Coolpix S9100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S8100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Really small
Size
Compact 104x60x30 mm
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L320

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
22 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon L320

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Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
22 mm vs 30 mm
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Around 30% better wide angle
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.1 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the L320's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Zoom
More zoom
26.6x vs 10x
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More than 7x more zoom
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Advantages of the Nikon S8100

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Size
Significantly smaller
104x60x30 mm vs 111x76x83 mm
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3.8x smaller
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 1.2 fps
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Around 8.5x faster continuous shooting
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.2" vs 3.3"
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2.8x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
209 g vs 430 g
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2.1x lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S8100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1500s
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2.7x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$199.99 vs $249.00
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The best price we've seen is $49 cheaper (around 20% less)
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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
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1 cm
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              L320:1,600 ISO
              S8100:3,200 ISO

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L620

              Nikon Coolpix L620

              Travel zoom

              $70 - $165

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

              Nikon Coolpix L320 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $194 - $297

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Significantly larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $100

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Size Larger
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $149 - $270

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

              Super zoom

              $149 - $249

              Size Smaller
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

              Nikon Coolpix S8100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $265

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Travel zoom

              $70 - $220

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $217

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $340

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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