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 (94×58×18 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
  1. Lens
Macro focus
Great macro
5.0 cm
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
26 mm
Size
Really small
Super compact (95×58×19 mm)

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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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
5.0 cm vs 10.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
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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
94×58×18 mm vs 95×58×19 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Slightly lighter
118 g vs 128 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$84.99 vs $159.99
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The best price we've seen is $75 cheaper (around 50% less)
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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
              S330095×58×19 mm
              S310094×58×18 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              0.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              S3300128 g
              S3100118 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S3300$159.99
              S3100$84.99
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              S33005.0 cm
              S310010.0 cm
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              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

              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
              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3300 IS

              Compact

              $189

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Nikon Coolpix S3300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Nikon Coolpix S33

              Waterproof

              $127 - $130

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Compact

              $149

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $134

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W830

              Travel zoom

              $118 - $128

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Thickness Thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Compact

              $150

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Compact

              $174

              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S3700

              Nikon Coolpix S3700

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $117

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix L26

              Nikon Coolpix L26

              Compact

              $108

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Nikon Coolpix L25

              Compact

              $89

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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