Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S6300 vs Samsung PL200

Samsung PL200 vs Nikon Coolpix S6200

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Reasons to buy the Samsung PL200

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.8
Really small
Size
Compact 100x60x21 mm
Thin
Thickness
0.8"
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S6200

Weight
Light-weight
160 g
Size
Really small
Compact 93x58x26 mm
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Thickness
Thin
1"

differences

Advantages of the Nikon S6200

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
25 mm vs 31 mm
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Around 20% better wide angle
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
720p @ 30fps vs 800 x 592 @ 20fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video at a higher frame rate
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
10x vs 7x
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More than 2x more zoom
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1500s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
Weight
Slightly lighter
160 g vs 170 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Samsung PL200

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.8 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the PL200's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
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
Size
Smaller
100x60x21 mm vs 93x58x26 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 1"
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Around 20% thinner
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
8s vs 4s
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2x longer exposures
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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
              S620093x58x26 mm
              PL200100x60x21 mm
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              S620010 cm
              PL2005 cm
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              S6200720p @ 30fps
              PL200800 x 592 @ 20fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $65

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $224

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Nikon Coolpix S6200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S6100

              Nikon Coolpix S6100

              Compact

              $200

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $145 - $230

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              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
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Nikon Coolpix S6300

              Travel zoom

              $269

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Samsung PL200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5

              Ultra compact

              $144

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Samsung PL210

              Samsung PL210

              Travel zoom

              $153

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $125

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon ELPH 500 HS

              Canon ELPH 500 HS

              Pro digicam

              $145

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3500 IS

              Compact

              $117

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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