Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Samsung S830

Nikon D3100

Winner
Nikon D3100

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Samsung S830

33

Samsung S830

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Contrast detection
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung S830

Size
Really small
Compact 100x62x27 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.1"
Weight
Light-weight
220 g
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 8 MP
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Capture around 80% more detail in your photos
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
230k dots vs 112k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 1s
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30x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Samsung S830

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Size
Significantly smaller
100x62x27 mm vs 124x96x73 mm
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5.3x smaller
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.1" vs 2.9"
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2.7x thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
220 g vs 505 g
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2.3x lighter
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D3100:230k dots
              S830:112k dots
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $745 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 - $418 body only

              $399 - $419 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 - $360 body only

              $409 - $490 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Slightly larger
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $550 - $620 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $830 with 18-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Samsung S830 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-N1

              Compact

              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $200 - $240

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
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              Casio QV-R51

              Compact

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
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              Olympus Stylus 300

              Compact

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
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              Casio QV-R62

              Compact

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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