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

Nikon Coolpix S3300 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1

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Nikon Coolpix S3300

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1

50

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3300

Really small
Size
Super compact 95x58x19 mm
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Light-weight
Weight
128 g
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1

Weight
Light-weight
117 g
Size
Really small
Super compact 99x58x20 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Thickness
Thin
0.8"

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
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$99.90 vs $144.99
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The best price we've seen is $45 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              S3300:95x58x19 mm
              DMC-S1:99x58x20 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              S3300:0.7"
              DMC-S1:0.8"
              Weight Light weight Help
              S3300:128 g
              DMC-S1:117 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S3300:$144.99
              DMC-S1:$99.90
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              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

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Nikon Coolpix S32

              Waterproof

              $109

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS

              Compact

              $219

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              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 Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $60 - $120

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $70 - $137

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1

              Compact

              $149

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS15

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS15

              Compact

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3

              Compact

              $90

              Samsung ST72

              Samsung ST72

              Ultra compact

              $110

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2

              Compact

              $88

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Samsung NV11

              Samsung NV11

              Compact

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS1

              Travel zoom

              $250

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Significantly larger
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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