Nikon Coolpix S4300 vs Nikon Coolpix S3100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S4300

Large screen
Screen size
3"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Great macro
Macro focus
5.0 cm
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
26 mm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3100

Size
Really small
Ultra compact (94×58×18 mm)
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Thickness
Thin
0.7"
Weight
Light-weight
118 g

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S4300.
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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" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
5.0 cm vs 10.0 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
94×58×18 mm vs 96×59×21 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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$100.00 vs $189.96
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The best price we've seen is $90 cheaper (around 50% less)
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
4s vs 1s
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4x longer exposures
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recommendations

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              S430096×59×21 mm
              S310094×58×18 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              S43000.8"
              S31000.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              S4300139 g
              S3100118 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              S43001s
              S31004s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              S43005.0 cm
              S310010.0 cm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S43006x
              S31005x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $160

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $60 - $120

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life

              Nikon Coolpix S4300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $579 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78 - $80

              Size Significantly smaller
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Thickness Much thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS22

              Compact

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Fujifilm FinePix S4600

              Fujifilm FinePix S4600

              Super zoom

              $190

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix A800

              Fujifilm FinePix A800

              Compact

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S300

              Canon PowerShot S300

              Compact

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony Cybershot W530

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W530

              Ultra compact

              $173

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Compact

              $176

              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Compact

              $128

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $160

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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