Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Nikon Coolpix S9100 vs Nikon Coolpix S9300

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Nikon Coolpix S8100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Battery life
Great battery life
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Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S8100

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon S8100

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Size Smaller 104x60x30 mm vs 105x62x35 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 4 cm
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Focus on subjects 4x closer to the lens
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Sensor shift, Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Thickness Thinner 1.2" vs 1.4"
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More than 10% thinner
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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Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 30 mm
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Around 20% better wide angle
Zoom More zoom 18x vs 10x
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More than 3x more zoom
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              S8100:4s
              S9100:1s
              Weight Heavy Help
              S8100:209 g
              S9100:214 g
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
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              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $275

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $278 - $297

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Nikon Coolpix S9500

              Travel zoom

              $221

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Travel zoom

              $139 - $177

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix S8000

              Nikon Coolpix S8000

              Travel zoom

              $265

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Travel zoom

              $84 - $220

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $310

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen

              Nikon Coolpix S8100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $340

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Olympus Stylus Tough 8010

              Waterproof

              $349

              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Nikon Coolpix S9100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $206

              GPS Has a GPS
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              GPS Has a GPS
              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Zoom Less zoom
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $368

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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              sandi (11:36 AM, October 30, 2013)
              I love my s8100 but it appears to be worn out, it won't stay focused. Is there a nikon coolpix out there that will get the great pictures that my 8100 did?
               
              vicky_agrl (5:47 PM, September 04, 2011)
              Hello Snapshot , i m confused between S8100 and S9100. there's not much difference between the price its only around $50. please suggest which one is better. Also i saw new model launched S8200 similar to S8100.let me know whether this is better than other two.
               
              Cromo78133 (3:02 PM, June 24, 2011)
              Both the s8100 and s9100 are very much alike. Important differrences I found are the s8100 has better image stabilization but the s9100 has a better zoom. It depends on what is more important to you. The s9100 is a later model. I'm still trying to decide also seeing as my wife lost my Sony, which I was prety happy with. Wal-mart has the s8100 for $349 where Amazon has it for $229 with free shipping and no tax.
               
              Seeking Advice (6:08 PM, June 07, 2011)
              Hello,

              I'm primarily focused on a camera that takes good low-light pictures.  Does anyone have any feedback as to which of these cameras does a better job?  From other reviews that I've read, both use the same technology (combining pics taken at different exposures), so if their performance is similar, I might just go with the cheaper 8100. 
               
              Dharmik (7:12 PM, May 29, 2011)
              Hey thanks for the reply....  ya i m going with Nikon S8100 as there is not mush difference in picture quality.....
               
              nikon friend (6:39 PM, May 29, 2011)
              Buy s8100 and save some money. After few years sell it and buy latest. This toys needs to be upgraded our time. I guess every three years.
               
              Dharmik (7:33 PM, May 16, 2011)
               Hello Snapshot , i m confused between S8100 and S9100 as S9100 is expensive in india(i can afford),,, but is it worth paying its premium, Kindly guide meHello Snapshot , i m confused between S8100 and S9100 as S9100 is expensive in india(i can afford),,, but is it worth paying its premium, Kindly guide me