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Advantages of the Nikon S8100

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Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 0.3 fps
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Around 33.5x faster continuous shooting
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/3.5 vs f/3.9
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At its widest zoom, the S8100's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
  2. Sensor shift
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S8100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
10x vs 5x
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4x more zoom
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Weight
Slightly lighter
209 g vs 215 g
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Almost the same
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
4s vs 1/4s
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16x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Olympus Tough 8010

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Size
Much smaller
95×62×22 mm vs 104×60×30 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Wide angle
Better wide angle
28 mm vs 30 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Waterproof
Waterproof
Yes vs No
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Great for vacations and holidays at the beach, or around the pool
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.9" vs 1.2"
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Around 30% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Size Very small Help
              S8100104×60×30 mm
              Tough 801095×62×22 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              S81001.2"
              Tough 80100.9"
              Weight Light weight Help
              S8100209 g
              Tough 8010215 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              S81004s
              Tough 80101/4s
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S81003,200 ISO
              Tough 80101,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              S810030 mm
              Tough 801028 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S810010x
              Tough 80105x

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