Nikon Coolpix S4300 vs Nikon Coolpix S3100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S4300

Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
460k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Great macro
Macro focus
5 cm
 

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

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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$112.00 vs $129.95
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The best price we've seen is $18 cheaper (more than 10% less)
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
4s vs 1s
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4x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              S430096x59x21 mm
              S310093x57x18 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              S43000.8"
              S31000.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              S4300139 g
              S3100118 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S4300$129.95
              S3100$112.00
              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 cm
              S310010 cm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              Sensor shift
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S43006x
              S31005x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $150

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S4100

              Nikon Coolpix S4100

              Compact

              $70

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $65

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $231 body only

              $355 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 150 IS

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $161

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S6100

              Nikon Coolpix S6100

              Compact

              $200

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix S3400

              Fujifilm FinePix S3400

              Super zoom

              $160

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              Nikon Coolpix S4300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Compact

              $110

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Super zoom

              $166

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $100

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $139

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Smaller 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

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Compact

              $111

              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3100 IS

              Compact

              $185

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Kodak EasyShare M532

              Kodak EasyShare M532

              Compact

              $299

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot SD880 IS

              Canon PowerShot SD880 IS

              Compact

              $499

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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