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

Nikon Coolpix S3300

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Nikon Coolpix S3300

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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

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

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
              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:$99.00
              DMC-S1:$75.00
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $98

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $79 - $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

              $87

              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

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus FE-5030

              Olympus FE5030

              Compact

              $122

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3

              Travel zoom

              Screen size Larger screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L22

              Nikon Coolpix L22

              Compact

              $240

              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot A800

              Canon PowerShot A800

              Compact

              $190

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-F3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-F3

              Compact

              $150

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Weight Slightly heavier

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