Nikon Coolpix S3100 vs Nikon Coolpix L26

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Nikon Coolpix S3100

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Nikon Coolpix L26

42

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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"
Movie format
HD movies
720p @ 30fps
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
26 mm

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
$100.00 vs $139.00
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The best price we've seen is $39 cheaper (around 30% 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

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

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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Compact

              $85

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Compact

              $70

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $160

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Macro focus Much closer macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L24

              Nikon Coolpix L24

              Compact

              $119

              Macro focus Much closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix L26 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Kodak EasyShare C513

              Kodak EasyShare C513

              Compact

              $250

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Samsung ST72

              Samsung ST72

              Ultra compact

              $100

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Significantly smaller
              Sony DSC-S5000

              Sony DSC-S5000

              Compact

              $101

              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
              Canon PowerShot A810

              Canon PowerShot A810

              Compact

              $198

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix S4100

              Nikon Coolpix S4100

              Compact

              $100

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S300

              Canon PowerShot S300

              Compact

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Compact

              $176

              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Compact

              $150

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Cybershot W530

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

              Ultra compact

              $173

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

              Compact

              $230

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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