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Advantages of the Nikon L320

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Wide angle
Much 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)
Zoom
Slightly 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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Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 1.2 fps
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Around 8.5x faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
104×60×30 mm vs 111×76×83 mm
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3.8x smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 3.3"
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2.8x thinner
Weight
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 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1500s
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2.7x faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              L3201,600 ISO
              S81003,200 ISO
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              L3201/2.3" 6.16x4.55mm
              S81001/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              L3209.7 MP
              S81009.8 MP
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

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