Nikon Coolpix S3100 vs Nikon Coolpix L26

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Nikon Coolpix S3100

50

Nikon Coolpix L26

40

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3100

Really small
Size
Ultra compact (94×58×18 mm)
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L26

Screen size
Large screen
3"

Items often bought with the S3100 or L26

galleries

Explore our gallery of 5 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix L26.
Explore our gallery of 38 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S3100.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon L26

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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Advantages of the Nikon S3100

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Size
Significantly smaller
94×58×18 mm vs 96×60×29 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.7" vs 1.1"
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Around 40% thinner
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S3100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
118 g vs 164 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$107.00 vs $139.53
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The best price we've seen is $33 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Weight Light weight Help
              L26164 g
              S3100118 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              L26$139.53
              S3100$107.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              10.0 cm
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              L261,600 ISO
              S31003,200 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L31

              Nikon Coolpix L31

              Compact

              $91 - $96

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Canon PowerShot IXUS 145

              Travel zoom

              $320

              Macro focus Much closer macro focusing
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $88 - $96

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix L26 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon IXUS 165

              Canon IXUS 165

              Travel zoom

              $123 - $137

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Compact

              $70

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Nikon Coolpix S8100

              Travel zoom

              $360

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony DSC-S5000

              Sony DSC-S5000

              Compact

              $100

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Much heavier

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S2900

              Nikon Coolpix S2900

              Compact

              $90

              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L32

              Nikon Coolpix L32

              Compact

              $70 - $97

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Significantly larger
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $197

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Size Significantly larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon AW130

              Nikon AW130

              Waterproof

              $249 - $297

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Much larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $140

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Zoom Much more zoom
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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