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

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3100

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
26 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3300

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
26 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
 
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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
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        2.7"
        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 S3500

        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Compact

        $86 - $120

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Nikon Coolpix S2700

        Nikon Coolpix S2700

        Compact

        $76 - $110

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

        Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

        Compact

        $73

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
        Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Compact

        $169

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Compact

        $79 - $126

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
        Nikon Coolpix S8200

        Nikon Coolpix S8200

        Travel zoom

        $219

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon PowerShot A1400

        Canon PowerShot A1400

        Compact

        $68 - $103

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Nikon Coolpix S3300 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix 3200

        Nikon Coolpix 3200

        Compact

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

        Canon PowerShot A2400 IS

        Compact

        $80

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Nikon Coolpix S6500

        Nikon Coolpix S6500

        Travel zoom

        $94 - $167

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker

        Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Compact

        $180

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker

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        discussion

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