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

Nikon Coolpix S3300

Winner
Nikon Coolpix S3300

53

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1

50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3300

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
26 mm
Really small
Size
Super compact 95x58x19 mm
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
 

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
Macro focus
Great macro
5 cm
 

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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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S3300:$89.99
              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
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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 S8000

              Nikon Coolpix S8000

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity

              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
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $150

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH6

              Compact

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Smaller
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $69 - $120

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3

              Compact

              $84

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1

              Travel zoom

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-S2

              Compact

              $88

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

              Compact

              $595

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Kodak PixPro FZ51

              Kodak PixPro FZ51

              Compact

              $76 - $80

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Fastest shutter speed Much slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

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