Nikon Coolpix S3100 vs Nikon Coolpix L26

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Nikon Coolpix S3100

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Nikon Coolpix L26

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3100

Really small
Size
Ultra compact 93x57x18 mm
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
Light-weight
Weight
118 g
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix L26

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
26 mm
Size
Really small
Compact 96x60x29 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
Larger screen
3.0" 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
93x57x18 mm vs 96x60x29 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 1 f-stop better
Weight
Lighter
118 g vs 164 g
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Around 30% lighter
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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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              L26$99.99
              S3100$100.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              4 seconds
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              10 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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              L261,600 ISO
              S31003,200 ISO
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L22

              Nikon Coolpix L22

              Compact

              $319

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Compact

              $140

              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $100

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $129

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

              Nikon Coolpix L26 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A810

              Canon PowerShot A810

              Compact

              $178

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix S230

              Nikon Coolpix S230

              Compact

              $185

              Size Significantly smaller
              Thickness Significantly thinner
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Fujifilm FinePix S1800

              Fujifilm FinePix S1800

              Super zoom

              Zoom More zoom
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon D5000

              Nikon D5000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $829 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Compact

              $60

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

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Digicam

              $110

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Compact

              $128

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix S6200

              Nikon Coolpix S6200

              Travel zoom

              $134

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $328

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Size Much larger
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $60

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger

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