Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S3500 vs Nikon Coolpix S3100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3100

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3300

Size
Really small
Super compact 95x58x19 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
128 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon S3300

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Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 5 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 500 ms vs 570 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
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Advantages of the Nikon S3100

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Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.2 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the S3100's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Size Slightly smaller 93x57x18 mm vs 95x58x19 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight Slightly lighter 118 g vs 128 g
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Around 10% lighter
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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        S3300:95x58x19 mm
        S3100:93x57x18 mm
        Thickness Thin Help
        0.7"
        Weight Light weight Help
        S3300:128 g
        S3100:118 g
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        S3300:500 ms
        S3100:570 ms
        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
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        2.7"
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported
        Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
        720p @ 30fps
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        S3300:6x
        S3100:5x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix 3200

        Nikon Coolpix 3200

        Compact

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Compact

        $86 - $120

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Nikon Coolpix S2700

        Nikon Coolpix S2700

        Compact

        $110

        Nikon Coolpix S3600

        Nikon Coolpix S3600

        Travel zoom

        $107

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix S5200

        Nikon Coolpix S5200

        Digicam

        $75 - $229

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

        Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

        Compact

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Nikon Coolpix S3300 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $329 - $567 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Size Much larger
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Size Much larger
        Image stabilization No image stabilization

        Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Compact

        $169

        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
        Canon PowerShot A2200

        Canon PowerShot A2200

        Compact

        $74 - $89

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Macro focus Much better macro capability
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Compact

        $149 - $179

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Weight Heavier
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W90

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W90

        Compact

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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