Nikon Coolpix S4300 vs Nikon Coolpix S3100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S4300

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
460k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Really small
Size
Super compact 96x59x21 mm
Thin
Thickness
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

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
Slightly cheaper
$109.99 vs $129.95
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The best price we've seen is $20 cheaper (around 20% 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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S4300$129.95
              S3100$109.99
              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
              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

              $100

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $91

              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
              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Digicam

              $110

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon Coolpix S4300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix S4600

              Fujifilm FinePix S4600

              Super zoom

              $190

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Aperture Slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $100

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S4000

              Nikon Coolpix S4000

              Compact

              $115

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Compact

              $124

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

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

              Sony Cyber-shot WX50

              Ultra compact

              $110

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Fastest shutter speed Slower max shutter speed
              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Compact

              $102

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Nikon Coolpix L28

              Compact

              $100

              Screen size Larger screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S52c

              Nikon Coolpix S52c

              Compact

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Screen size Larger screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Samsung TL100

              Samsung TL100

              Compact

              $70

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Size Much larger

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