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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P310

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

Zoom
Great zoom
18x
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Battery life
Great battery life
270 shots
 
Differences | Recommendations | Similarities | Competitors | Appearance | Discussion

differences

Advantages of the Nikon P310

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Aperture Much wider aperture f/1.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the P310's lens captures much more light (1.9 f-stops)
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size Smaller 103x58x32 mm vs 105x62x35 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Macro focus Better macro capability 2 cm vs 4 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.4"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight Lighter 194 g vs 214 g
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Around 10% lighter
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 4s vs 1s
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4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon S9100

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Zoom Significantly more zoom 18x vs 4.2x
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More than 18.5x more zoom
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Battery life Longer battery life 270 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 9.5 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 60% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $264.50 vs $553.33
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The best price we've seen is $289 cheaper (2.1x less)
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recommendations

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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
921k dots
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
P310:4s
S9100:1s
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
Size Large Help
P310:103x58x32 mm
S9100:105x62x35 mm

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340

Pro digicam

$347

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
Nikon Coolpix P300

Nikon Coolpix P300

Pro digicam

$299

Nikon Coolpix S9700

Nikon Coolpix S9700

Travel zoom

$297

Zoom Has way more more zoom
Screen type Has an OLED screen
Weight Is slightly heavier
HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

Nikon Coolpix P310 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon Coolpix P330

Nikon Coolpix P330

Pro digicam

$240

GPS Has a GPS
Supports RAW Shoots RAW
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Battery life Shorter battery life
Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100

Pro digicam

$255 - $400

Supports 24p Supports 24p
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$249

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Touch screen Has a touch screen
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

Sony Cyber-shot WX50

Ultra compact

$209

Size Significantly smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$448

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Sensor size Much larger sensor
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Wide angle Worse wide angle

Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Travel zoom

$206

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Aperture Wider aperture
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon Coolpix S9300

Nikon Coolpix S9300

Travel zoom

$279

3D Takes 3D photos
GPS Has a GPS
High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
Battery life Shorter battery life
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Travel zoom

3D Takes 3D photos
GPS Has a GPS
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Zoom Less zoom
Nikon Coolpix S8100

Nikon Coolpix S8100

Travel zoom

$250

Size Smaller
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
Zoom Less zoom
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Nikon Coolpix S9500

Nikon Coolpix S9500

Travel zoom

$221

Screen type Has an OLED screen
3D Takes 3D photos
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
Battery life Shorter battery life

appearance

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discussion

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CDO17 (3:23 PM, February 10, 2012)
P310 VS. S9100 Which  Nikon is better, and why does the P310 have so little zoom? I don't know much about cameras, but I really liked the features of the p310 but dont like that it doesnt have much zoom.  Im mostly gonna be using it a lot indoors/low light to take pics of my kids, and I also wanted something that takes good quality pictures for my hairbow business. Any suggestion on these cams or any others? I'd like to stay around $500