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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 5.9 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Lowest price
Cheaper
$329.00 vs $1,958.79
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The best price we've seen is $1,630 cheaper (6x less)
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX01

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Size
Significantly smaller
94×51×24 mm vs 124×97×74 mm
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7.7x smaller
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.9" vs 2.9"
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3.1x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
155 g vs 505 g
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3.3x lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              D31001080p @ 24fps
              DMC-FX01480p @ 30fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D3100230k dots
              DMC-FX01207k dots
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D31003,200 ISO
              DMC-FX01400 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D310014.2 MP
              DMC-FX015.9 MP

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              Nikon D3100
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