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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3100

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Weight
Light-weight
118 g
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-W620

Macro focus
Great macro
5 cm
Weight
Light-weight
116 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon S3100

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Wide angle Better wide angle 26 mm vs 28 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Size Slightly smaller 93x57x18 mm vs 98x56x20 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Thickness Slightly thinner 0.7" vs 0.8"
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Around 10% thinner
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 4s vs 2s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-W620

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Macro focus Much better macro capability 5 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 2x closer to the lens
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $89.99 vs $119.00
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The best price we've seen is $29 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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 Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              S3100:93x57x18 mm
              DSC-W620:98x56x20 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              S3100:118 g
              DSC-W620:116 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              S3100:0.7"
              DSC-W620:0.8"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S3100:$119.00
              DSC-W620:$89.99
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              S3100:4s
              DSC-W620:2s
              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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              S3100:0.7 fps
              DSC-W620:1.1 fps
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              S3100:10 cm
              DSC-W620:5 cm
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              2.7"
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $92

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $90 - $180

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Movie format Records higher quality movies

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Canon PowerShot A2200

              Compact

              $100

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Nikon Coolpix S3500

              Compact

              $70 - $120

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $99

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

              Compact

              $172

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Nikon Coolpix S2700

              Compact

              $140

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Aperture Narrower aperture

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W620 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

              Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $379

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Size Significantly larger
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $68 - $70

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Much thicker
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S800c

              Nikon Coolpix S800c

              Travel zoom

              $150 - $350

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Samsung GX-10

              Samsung GX-10

              Entry-level DSLR

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Canon PowerShot A2500

              Compact

              $137

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Size Slightly larger

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              discussion

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