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

Nikon Coolpix S3100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3100

Really small
Size
Ultra compact 93x57x18 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
 

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
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon S3300

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Macro focus
Much 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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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
              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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S3300:$99.00
              S3100:$119.00
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              S3300:5 cm
              S3100:10 cm
              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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $87

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Nikon Coolpix L27

              Compact

              $72

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $98

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Movie format Records lower quality movies

              Nikon Coolpix S3300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Compact

              $149

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $79 - $120

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Digicam

              $80 - $140

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $99 - $182

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Compact

              $75 - $100

              Screen size Larger screen
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

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

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