• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 36.00mm - 216.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.1 megapixels
  • 26.00mm - 130.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon A2100 IS advantages over Nikon S3100

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • More telephoto lens reach
    216 mm vs 130 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 400 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.

Nikon S3100 advantages over Canon A2100 IS

  • Less expensive
    $140 vs $250 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Thinner
    18 mm vs 31 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    118g vs 185g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    14.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    26 mm vs 36 mm
    Capture more of the scene

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Neither provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Neither provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Panasonic DMC-LZ10

Canon A2100 IS
Panasonic DMC-LZ10
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Manual focus
  • $188
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Wider angle lens
  • Longer exposure
Nikon S3100
Panasonic DMC-LZ10
  • $140
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $188
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon A2000 IS

Canon A2100 IS
Canon A2000 IS
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Nikon S3100
Canon A2000 IS
  • $140
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon SD970 IS

Canon A2100 IS
Canon SD970 IS
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $170
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • HDMI out
  • More dots on screen
Nikon S3100
Canon SD970 IS
  • $140
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $170
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Nikon S4100

Canon A2100 IS
Nikon S4100
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
Nikon S3100
Nikon S4100
  • $140
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen

Compared to Sony W620

Canon A2100 IS
Sony W620
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $143
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
Nikon S3100
Sony W620
  • $140
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $143
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
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