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

Nikon D3100

Winner
Nikon D3100

54

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Samsung S830

35

Samsung S830

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

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

Reasons to buy the Samsung S830

Size
Really small
Compact 100x62x27 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.1"
Weight
Light-weight
220 g
 
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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 Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs 1/1.8" 7.2x5.3mm
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Around 9.5x larger sensor
True resolution Significantly 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 Common Weaknesses

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

        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        D3100:230k dots
        S830:112k dots
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $389 - $418 body only

        $399 - $539 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Thickness Is thicker

        Nikon D3100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $831 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $680 - $700 body only

        $489 - $820 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
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $545 - $669 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 - $550 body only

        $549 - $575 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 D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $439 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Lowest price Slightly more expensive

        Samsung S830 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $165 - $227

        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Significantly larger
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Nikon Coolpix L810

        Super zoom

        $195 - $475

        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Size Significantly larger
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Placeholder

        Olympus D-540 Zoom

        Compact

        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Nikon Coolpix L27

        Nikon Coolpix L27

        Compact

        $76

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Macro focus Much worse macro capability
        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Nikon Coolpix P530

        Super zoom

        $250 - $347

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Wide angle Much better wide angle
        Size Significantly larger
        Aperture Narrower aperture

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        discussion

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