Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix L320 vs Nikon Coolpix S8200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S8100

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

        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
        1 cm
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

        Super zoom

        $179 - $275

        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Samsung WB250F

        Samsung WB250F

        Travel zoom

        $114 - $169

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

        Nikon Coolpix L320 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Nikon Coolpix L820

        Super zoom

        $180 - $279

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

        Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

        Super zoom

        $188 - $220

        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Size Larger
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Fujifilm FinePix S4800

        Fujifilm FinePix S4800

        Super zoom

        $129 - $212

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Zoom Slightly more zoom
        Size Larger
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

        Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

        Travel zoom

        $139 - $184

        Size Smaller
        Thickness Thinner
        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix L310

        Nikon Coolpix L310

        Super zoom

        $198

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Size Slightly smaller
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

        Nikon Coolpix S8100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Travel zoom

        $219

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Nikon Coolpix S9500

        Nikon Coolpix S9500

        Travel zoom

        $175

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Nikon Coolpix S9700

        Nikon Coolpix S9700

        Travel zoom

        $327 - $347

        Zoom More zoom
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Nikon Coolpix S8200

        Nikon Coolpix S8200

        Travel zoom

        $229

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower
        Nikon Coolpix S6500

        Nikon Coolpix S6500

        Travel zoom

        $94 - $167

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

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