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

Nikon Coolpix S3100 vs Nikon Coolpix S3300

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3100

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3300

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Size
Really small
Super compact 95x58x19 mm
Thickness
Thin
0.7"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 37 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S3300. Explore our gallery of 38 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S3100.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon S3300

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Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
5 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
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
              S330095x58x19 mm
              S310093x57x18 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              S3300128 g
              S3100118 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S3300$100.00
              S3100$109.99
              Common Weaknesses
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              S3300500 ms
              S3100570 ms
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              S33005 cm
              S310010 cm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S33006x
              S31005x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $60

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Digicam

              $110

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Compact

              $140

              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $110 - $120

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Size Slightly larger
              GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition

              GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition

              Waterproof

              $509

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $580 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S4000

              Nikon Coolpix S4000

              Compact

              $115

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $110

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Compact

              $127 - $147

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Compact

              $102

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix S2900

              Nikon Coolpix S2900

              Compact

              $111

              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Size Slightly larger

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