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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S4300

Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
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
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
Lowest price Cheaper $94.11 vs $149.99
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The best price we've seen is $56 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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
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
              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
              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
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $86 - $120

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $97 - $120

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Digicam

              $99 - $229

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon IXUS 135

              Canon IXUS 135

              Travel zoom

              $282

              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

              Nikon Coolpix S4300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3400 IS

              Compact

              $90

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Travel zoom

              $94 - $220

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Fujifilm FinePix S4800

              Super zoom

              $129

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S6200

              Nikon Coolpix S6200

              Travel zoom

              $131

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen size Smaller screen

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Compact

              $250

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Travel zoom

              $133

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $180

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix L26

              Nikon Coolpix L26

              Compact

              $133

              Screen size Larger screen
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Size Significantly larger
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix L24

              Nikon Coolpix L24

              Compact

              Screen size Larger screen
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Size Significantly larger

              appearance

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