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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S4300

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
460k dots
Size
Really small
Super compact 96x59x21 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

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
 
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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 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 5 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
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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 $86.95 vs $107.00
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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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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              S4300:96x59x21 mm
              S3100:93x57x18 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              S4300:0.8"
              S3100:0.7"
              Weight Light weight Help
              S4300:139 g
              S3100:118 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S4300:$107.00
              S3100:$86.95
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              S4300:1s
              S3100:4s
              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
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S4300:6x
              S3100:5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $107

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Compact

              $110

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $149 - $180

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $86 - $120

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Samsung DV150F

              Samsung DV150F

              Ultra compact

              $92 - $138

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              3D Captures 3D images
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Image stabilization Has worse image stabilization
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $451

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon Coolpix S4300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Compact

              $97

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $127 - $197

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Nikon Coolpix L320

              Super zoom

              $159

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Digicam

              $139 - $229

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Travel zoom

              $177

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Compact

              $169

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

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Compact

              $89

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $149 - $179

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Weight Heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

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

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