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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness
Thin
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
 
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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
Lowest price Cheaper $92.09 vs $149.99
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The best price we've seen is $58 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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"
              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

              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Digicam

              $99 - $229

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $120

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Compact

              $250

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix S570

              Nikon Coolpix S570

              Compact

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

              Nikon Coolpix S3300 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Compact

              $100

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Compact

              $110

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $80

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $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

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              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 Coolpix L26

              Nikon Coolpix L26

              Compact

              $133

              Screen size Larger screen
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Size Significantly larger
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

              Compact

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Travel zoom

              $167

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier

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