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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S4300

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Size
Really small
Super compact 96x59x21 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Thickness
Thin
0.8"
 

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
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
118 g
 
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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 Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 5 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
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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
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        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 S3500

        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Compact

        $86 - $120

        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Nikon Coolpix S3300

        Nikon Coolpix S3300

        Compact

        $88

        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix S2700

        Nikon Coolpix S2700

        Compact

        $76 - $110

        Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Canon ELPH 100 HS

        Compact

        $180

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Compact

        $175

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Movie format Records higher quality movies

        Nikon Coolpix S4300 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S3600

        Nikon Coolpix S3600

        Travel zoom

        $109 - $120

        Focus points Many more focus points
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

        Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

        Compact

        $93

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Canon PowerShot A2500

        Compact

        $79 - $126

        Aperture Significantly wider aperture
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Nikon Coolpix S6200

        Nikon Coolpix S6200

        Travel zoom

        $129

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Zoom More zoom
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen

        Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker
        Samsung WB200F

        Samsung WB200F

        Travel zoom

        $110 - $150

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Size Larger
        Weight Much heavier
        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Compact

        $169

        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

        appearance

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