Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S3500 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3300

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
26 mm
Size
Really small
Super compact 95x58x19 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
True resolution
High true resolution
9.7 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
True resolution
High true resolution
9.8 MP
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
6,400 ISO
Weight
Light-weight
117 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon S3300

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Wide angle Better wide angle 26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Size Slightly smaller 95x58x19 mm vs 99x58x20 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S3300's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Zoom Slightly more zoom 6x vs 4x
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Around 2.5x more zoom
Thickness Slightly thinner 0.7" vs 0.8"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-S1

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Aperture Wider aperture f/3.1 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-S1's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Weight Slightly lighter 117 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
        DMC-S1:99x58x20 mm
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Lens
        Thickness Thin Help
        S3300:0.7"
        DMC-S1:0.8"
        Weight Light weight Help
        S3300:128 g
        DMC-S1:117 g
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        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
        DMC-S1:4x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        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
        Canon IXUS 132

        Canon IXUS 132

        Travel zoom

        $99

        Autofocus Focuses automatically
        Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
        Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
        Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

        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
        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Compact

        $86 - $120

        Aperture Slightly wider aperture
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Size Slightly larger
        Nikon Coolpix S2700

        Nikon Coolpix S2700

        Compact

        $77 - $110

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Size Slightly larger
        Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

        Canon PowerShot A2300 IS

        Compact

        $86

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Nikon Coolpix S3100

        Nikon Coolpix S3100

        Ultra compact

        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Fujifilm FinePix JZ100

        Fujifilm FinePix JZ100

        Travel zoom

        $72

        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Canon PowerShot S5 IS

        Canon PowerShot S5 IS

        Super zoom

        $589

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Much larger
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Compact

        $180

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Weight Heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3

        Compact

        $160

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

        Compact

        $187

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Weight Heavier

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