• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 35.00mm - 105.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/3 inch 17.3mm2
  • 10.1 megapixels
  • 29.00mm - 87.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SD1200 IS advantages over Nikon S31

  • Larger sensor
    1/2.3 inch vs 1/3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.69 vs 1.32 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.8 vs f/3.3
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • More telephoto lens reach
    105 mm vs 87 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Thinner
    21 mm vs 41 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    120g vs 185g
    Lighter weight
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 4 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    3200 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon S31 advantages over Canon SD1200 IS

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • Newer
    6 years vs 10 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Wider angle lens
    29 mm vs 35 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
  • 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
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • 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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Review Excerpt

The Competition

Compared to Samsung L210

Canon SD1200 IS
Samsung L210
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $99
  • 1/2.33 inch
Nikon S31
Samsung L210
  • $89
  • 1/3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Newer
  • $99
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Samsung NV40

Canon SD1200 IS
Samsung NV40
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $329
  • 1/2.33 inch
Nikon S31
Samsung NV40
  • $89
  • 1/3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Newer
  • $329
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon S610

Canon SD1200 IS
Nikon S610
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $280
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Wider angle lens
Nikon S31
Nikon S610
  • $89
  • 1/3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Newer
  • $280
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Nikon S30

Canon SD1200 IS
Nikon S30
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $120
  • 1/3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
Nikon S31
Nikon S30
  • $89
  • 1/3 inch
  • Faster shutter
  • $120
  • 1/3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Nikon S32

Canon SD1200 IS
Nikon S32
  • $230
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $97
  • 1/3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Newer
Nikon S31
Nikon S32
  • $89
  • 1/3 inch
  • $97
  • 1/3 inch
  • HDMI out
  • Shoots 1080p video
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