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

Nikon Coolpix S3100 vs Nikon Coolpix S9100

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Nikon Coolpix S3100

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Nikon Coolpix S9100

39

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S3100

Really small
Size
Ultra compact (94×58×18 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

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
25 mm
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps

galleries

Explore our gallery of 38 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S3100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S9100.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon S3100

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Size
Much smaller
94×58×18 mm vs 105×62×35 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
$84.99 vs $261.51
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The best price we've seen is $177 cheaper (3.1x 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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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
4.0 cm vs 10.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 2.5x closer to the lens
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Zoom
More zoom
18x vs 5x
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Around 13x more zoom
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
9.5 fps vs 0.7 fps
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More than 13.5x faster continuous shooting
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
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
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              S31004s
              S91001s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              S310010.0 cm
              S91004.0 cm
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization Poor image stabilization Help
              1. Sensor shift

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Nikon Coolpix S3600

              Travel zoom

              $60

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Nikon Coolpix S3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Nikon Coolpix S3300

              Compact

              $160

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Olympus SZ-20

              Olympus SZ-20

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S3700

              Nikon Coolpix S3700

              Travel zoom

              $109 - $117

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Nikon Coolpix S3000

              Compact

              $150

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Nikon Coolpix S2600

              Compact

              $174

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

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $297 - $327

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T900

              Ultra compact

              $250

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Much smaller
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Olympus Stylus 9000

              Olympus Stylus 9000

              Travel zoom

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Size Smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $263

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $189

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

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