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

Nikon Coolpix S3100

Winner
Nikon Coolpix S3100

53

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Nikon Coolpix S9100

40

Nikon Coolpix S9100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3100

Really small
Size
Ultra compact 93x57x18 mm
Thin
Thickness
0.7"
Light-weight
Weight
118 g
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

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
Size
Really small
Compact 105x62x35 mm
 

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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
Significantly lighter
118 g vs 214 g
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More than 40% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$112.00 vs $264.50
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The best price we've seen is $153 cheaper (2.4x less)
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
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
4 cm vs 10 cm
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Focus on subjects 2.5x closer to the lens
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
9.5 fps vs 0.7 fps
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More than 13.5x faster continuous shooting
Wide angle
Slightly 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
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              S3100:4s
              S9100:1s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

              Travel zoom

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $221

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

              Canon PowerShot A3200 IS

              Compact

              $144

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $93

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Canon ELPH 100 HS

              Compact

              $90 - $180

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Nikon Coolpix 3200

              Compact

              $149

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Sony Cybershot DSC-W610

              Ultra compact

              $98

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

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $222 - $300

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $275

              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

              $200

              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Zoom Less zoom
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $229

              Size Much smaller
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Zoom Significantly less zoom
              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Travel zoom

              $60

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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