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

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1

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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
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1

Size
Really small
Super compact 99x58x20 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
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
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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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 Common Weaknesses
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
Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
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
Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
5 cm
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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3

Compact

$143

Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag

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

$95 - $120

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

Nikon Coolpix S3600

Travel zoom

$95 - $107

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
Aperture Narrower aperture
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$329 - $567 body only

$477 with 18-55mm lens

Sensor size Much larger sensor
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Size Much larger
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Canon ELPH 300 HS

Canon ELPH 300 HS

Compact

$220

Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Weight Slightly heavier

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony DSC-S5000

Sony DSC-S5000

Compact

$127 - $130

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Size Larger
Kodak EasyShare Z915

Kodak EasyShare Z915

Travel zoom

Zoom More zoom
Size Much larger
Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1

Travel zoom

$214

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Screen size Larger screen
Size Slightly larger
Weight Slightly heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2

Compact

$161

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
HDR Has in-camera HDR
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS12

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS12

Compact

Aperture Wider aperture
Longest exposure Much longer exposures
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Movie format Lower resolution movies

appearance

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Nikon Coolpix S3300 Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1
Nikon Coolpix S3300 Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1

discussion

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