Updated (February 2013): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Nikon Coolpix S3

Nikon D7100 vs Nikon Coolpix S3

Winner
Nikon D7100

74

Nikon Coolpix S3

30

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3

Size
Really small
Super compact (90×58×20 mm)
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
Weight
Light-weight
132 g

Items often bought with the D7100 or S3

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 110k dots
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More than 11x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.2" vs 2.5"
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Around 30% larger screen
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 5.9 MP
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Capture more than 4x more detail in your photos
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 480p @ 15fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/350s
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22.9x faster max shutter speed
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 1.6 fps
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Around 4x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentaprism vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 2s
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15x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon S3

Size
Much smaller
90×58×20 mm vs 136×107×76 mm
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10.6x smaller
Weight
Much lighter
132 g vs 675 g
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5.1x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.8" vs 3"
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3.8x thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$159.99 vs $713.00
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The best price we've seen is $553 cheaper (4.5x less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

              Nikon Coolpix S3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L3

              Nikon Coolpix L3

              Compact

              $284

              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $70

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon 1 J4

              Nikon 1 J4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $270 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Size Slightly larger
              Thickness Slightly thicker

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