• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.0 megapixels
  • 27.00mm - 108.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 450.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon S3000 advantages over Nikon S9100

  • Less expensive
    $150 vs $330 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Thinner
    19 mm vs 34 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    116g vs 212g
    Lighter weight

Nikon S9100 advantages over Nikon S3000

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • More telephoto lens reach
    450 mm vs 108 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 270 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

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

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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Review Excerpt

  • Backside-illuminated sensor for good low-light performance; Very long zoom; Good printed performance; Very fast autofocus.

  • Autofocus is not always reliable; Auto white balance renders skin tones a little red; Slow digital zoom.

The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm JV100

Nikon S3000
Fujifilm JV100
  • $150
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Wider angle lens
  • $130
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
Nikon S9100
Fujifilm JV100
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $130
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Nikon S4000

Nikon S3000
Nikon S4000
  • $150
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
Nikon S9100
Nikon S4000
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $200
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Pentax RS1000

Nikon S3000
Pentax RS1000
  • $150
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $117
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More pixels
  • Higher extended ISO
Nikon S9100
Pentax RS1000
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $117
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Canon SX260 HS

Nikon S3000
Canon SX260 HS
  • $150
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon S9100
Canon SX260 HS
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Fast startup
  • $379
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Manual focus

Compared to Canon SX280 HS

Nikon S3000
Canon SX280 HS
  • $150
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Nikon S9100
Canon SX280 HS
  • $254
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
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