Nikon Coolpix S4300 vs Nikon Coolpix S3100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S4300

Large screen
Screen size
3.0"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 of a second
 

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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S4300. Explore our gallery of 38 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S3100.

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
Cheaper
$100.00 vs $153.95
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The best price we've seen is $54 cheaper (around 40% less)
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
4s vs 1s
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4x longer exposures
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recommendations

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
              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
              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 S4100

              Nikon Coolpix S4100

              Compact

              $100

              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

              $86

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Fujifilm Finepix JX500

              Fujifilm Finepix JX500

              Compact

              $74

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $129

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $100

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

              Nikon Coolpix S4300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $218

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $245

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Fujifilm FinePix S4500

              Super zoom

              $169

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $180

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S5100

              Nikon Coolpix S5100

              Compact

              $130

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Fujifilm FinePix JX300

              Fujifilm FinePix JX300

              Compact

              $89

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Compact

              $150

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Fujifilm FinePix E550 Zoom

              Fujifilm FinePix E550 Zoom

              Pro digicam

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW Shoots RAW
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Compact

              $140

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

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