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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S4300

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
460k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3100

Size
Really small
Ultra compact 93x57x18 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon S4300

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Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 5 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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Advantages of the Nikon S3100

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Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Aperture Wider aperture f/3.2 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the S3100's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Size Smaller 93x57x18 mm vs 96x59x21 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight Lighter 118 g vs 139 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 0.7" vs 0.8"
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More than 10% thinner
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 4s vs 1s
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4x longer exposures
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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        S4300:96x59x21 mm
        S3100:93x57x18 mm
        Thickness Thin Help
        S4300:0.8"
        S3100:0.7"
        Weight Light weight Help
        S4300:139 g
        S3100:118 g
        Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
        S4300:1s
        S3100:4s
        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
        Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
        720p @ 30fps
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        S4300:6x
        S3100:5x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S3300

        Nikon Coolpix S3300

        Compact

        $92

        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Compact

        $79

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
        Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

        Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

        Compact

        $90

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

        Nikon Coolpix S4300 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S3600

        Nikon Coolpix S3600

        Travel zoom

        $107 - $120

        Focus points Many more focus points
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS1

        Ultra compact

        $131 - $156

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Screen size Smaller screen
        Olympus VH-210

        Olympus VH-210

        Compact

        $123

        Aperture Wider aperture
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Nikon Coolpix S5200

        Nikon Coolpix S5200

        Digicam

        $104 - $229

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Much larger
        Touch screen No touch screen

        Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L610

        Nikon Coolpix L610

        Travel zoom

        $93

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Size Much larger
        Weight Much heavier
        Nikon Coolpix S3000

        Nikon Coolpix S3000

        Compact

        $250

        Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Compact

        $169

        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
        Nikon Coolpix S2700

        Nikon Coolpix S2700

        Compact

        $110

        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot A1400

        Canon PowerShot A1400

        Compact

        $137

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Macro focus Much better macro capability
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Size Significantly larger

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