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
Really small
Size
Super compact (96×59×21 mm)
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
 

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
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Macro focus
Much 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
$84.99 vs $190.00
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The best price we've seen is $105 cheaper (2.2x less)
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
              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
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              S43005.0 cm
              S310010.0 cm
              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
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $160

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W570

              Sony Cybershot W570

              Ultra compact

              $137

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

              Nikon Coolpix S4300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $60

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Olympus VH-520

              Olympus VH-520

              Travel zoom

              $100

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Nikon Coolpix P530

              Super zoom

              $297

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Compact

              $70

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Nikon Coolpix L810

              Super zoom

              $297

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

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus SZ-20

              Olympus SZ-20

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S3700

              Nikon Coolpix S3700

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $117

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Compact

              $150

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Compact

              $175

              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37

              Compact

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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