Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S3100 vs Nikon Coolpix S9300

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Nikon Coolpix S9100

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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
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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Advantages of the Nikon S3100

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Size Much smaller 93x57x18 mm vs 105x62x35 mm
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2.3x smaller
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)
Thickness Much thinner 0.7" vs 1.4"
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Around 50% thinner
Weight Much lighter 118 g vs 214 g
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More than 40% lighter
Longest exposure Slightly longer exposures 4s vs 1s
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4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon S9100

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Zoom Significantly more zoom 18x vs 5x
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Around 13x more zoom
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Macro focus Much better macro capability 4 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 2.5x closer to the lens
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 9.5 fps vs 0.7 fps
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More than 13.5x faster continuous shooting
Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 26 mm
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Almost the same
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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
        S3100:4s
        S9100:1s
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S6300

        Nikon Coolpix S6300

        Travel zoom

        $134

        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        3D Captures 3D images
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $235 - $250

        Aperture Has a much wider aperture
        Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier

        Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S3300

        Nikon Coolpix S3300

        Compact

        $88

        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Nikon Coolpix S2600

        Compact

        $169

        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
        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 S3600

        Nikon Coolpix S3600

        Travel zoom

        $120 - $137

        Macro focus Much better macro capability
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Size Slightly larger
        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Nikon Coolpix S3500

        Compact

        $84 - $120

        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Aperture Narrower aperture

        Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S9300

        Nikon Coolpix S9300

        Travel zoom

        $228

        3D Takes 3D photos
        GPS Has a GPS
        High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Nikon Coolpix S8100

        Nikon Coolpix S8100

        Travel zoom

        Size Smaller
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
        Zoom Significantly less zoom
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Travel zoom

        $600

        3D Takes 3D photos
        GPS Has a GPS
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
        Zoom Less zoom
        Nikon Coolpix S9500

        Nikon Coolpix S9500

        Travel zoom

        $175

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Zoom More zoom
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Travel zoom

        $240

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Size Smaller
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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