Nikon Coolpix S3100 vs Nikon Coolpix L26

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Nikon Coolpix S3100

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Nikon Coolpix L26

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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"

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
Cheaper
$84.99 vs $195.00
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The best price we've seen is $110 cheaper (2.3x less)
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recommendations

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Weight Light weight Help
              L26164 g
              S3100118 g
              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
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              L261,600 ISO
              S31003,200 ISO
              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 S3000

              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Compact

              $150

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $160

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Macro focus Much closer macro focusing

              Nikon Coolpix L26 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Compact

              $77

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Canon PowerShot A810

              Canon PowerShot A810

              Compact

              $87

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Compact

              $89

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Lowest price Cheaper
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S30

              Nikon Coolpix S30

              Waterproof

              $139

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37

              Compact

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix S550

              Nikon Coolpix S550

              Compact

              $159

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Nikon Coolpix L120

              Super zoom

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Compact

              $176

              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Olympus SZ-20

              Olympus SZ-20

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Weight Significantly heavier

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