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Nikon S3100 vs Samsung WB30F

Portability
96
Imaging
38
Features
23
Overall
32
Nikon Coolpix S3100 front
 
Samsung WB30F front
Portability
96
Imaging
41
Features
33
Overall
37

Nikon S3100 vs Samsung WB30F Key Specs

Nikon S3100
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-130mm (F3.2-6.5) lens
  • 118g - 94 x 58 x 18mm
  • Released February 2011
Samsung WB30F
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-240mm (F3.1-6.3) lens
  • 128g - 98 x 58 x 17mm
  • Introduced January 2013
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Nikon S3100 vs Samsung WB30F Overview

Here is a detailed comparison of the Nikon S3100 and Samsung WB30F, former being a Ultracompact while the latter is a Small Sensor Compact by rivals Nikon and Samsung. The image resolution of the S3100 (14MP) and the WB30F (16MP) is relatively well matched and both cameras provide the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The S3100 was launched 23 months before the WB30F which makes them a generation apart from one another. Both of these cameras feature different body design with the Nikon S3100 being a Ultracompact camera and the Samsung WB30F being a Compact camera.

Before going right into a complete comparison, here is a short highlight of how the S3100 scores versus the WB30F when it comes to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Nikon S3100 over the Samsung WB30F

 S3100 WB30F 

Reasons to pick Samsung WB30F over the Nikon S3100

 WB30F S3100 
IntroducedJanuary 2013February 2011Fresher by 23 months
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")

Common features in the Nikon S3100 and Samsung WB30F

 S3100 WB30F 
Manual focus No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen resolution230k230kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen
Touch screen Neither contains Touch screen

Nikon S3100 vs Samsung WB30F Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to carry your camera often, you need to take into account its weight and volume. The Nikon S3100 has got physical dimensions of 94mm x 58mm x 18mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.7") accompanied by a weight of 118 grams (0.26 lbs) while the Samsung WB30F has sizing of 98mm x 58mm x 17mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7") having a weight of 128 grams (0.28 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you have chosen at the time. Here is a front view over all size comparison of the S3100 vs the WB30F.

Nikon S3100 vs Samsung WB30F size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the S3100 and WB30F is 96 and 96 respectively.

Nikon S3100 vs Samsung WB30F top view buttons comparison

Nikon S3100 vs Samsung WB30F Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's difficult to visualize the contrast between sensor sizing just by reading through technical specs. The visual below should give you a stronger sense of the sensor dimensions in the S3100 and WB30F.

As you can tell, both the cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit different MP. You can count on the Samsung WB30F to resolve greater detail utilizing its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also help you crop photographs a good deal more aggressively. The older S3100 is going to be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Nikon S3100 vs Samsung WB30F sensor size comparison

Nikon S3100 vs Samsung WB30F Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon S3100 vs Samsung WB30F Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon S3100 Portrait photography info
Samsung WB30F Portrait photography info
34
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
provides face detect focus
manual focus not available
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
36
decent megapixels (16MP)
offers face detection focusing
manual focus not available
no manual control
can't use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Nikon S3100 Street photography info
Samsung WB30F Street photography info
48
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
64
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (128g)
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Nikon S3100 Sports photography information
Samsung WB30F Sports photography information
33
good megapixels (14MP)
provides tracking focus
max fps very slow (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority mode
no image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
45
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
offers tracking autofocus
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon S3100
Travel photography with Samsung WB30F
66
good megapixels (14MP)
built-in flash
fairly wide (26mm)
no Time Lapse mode
does not offer selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
69
lighter than competitors (128 grams)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
rather wide (24mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon S3100 as a Landscape photography camera
Samsung WB30F as a Landscape photography camera
33
fairly wide (26mm)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
manual focus not available
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
screen is somewhat small (2.7")
lack of manual mode
no image stabilization
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
no Time Lapse mode
44
rather wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
lack of Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon S3100
Vlogging with Samsung WB30F
28
fairly wide (26mm)
provides face detect focus
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.2)
does not offer selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
no mic support
33
rather wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection focusing
lighter than competitors (128 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of external mic support
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Nikon S3100 vs Samsung WB30F Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon S3100 and Samsung WB30F
 Nikon Coolpix S3100Samsung WB30F
General Information
Company Nikon Samsung
Model Nikon Coolpix S3100 Samsung WB30F
Category Ultracompact Small Sensor Compact
Released 2011-02-09 2013-01-07
Physical type Ultracompact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Expeed C2 -
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Maximum resolution 4320 x 3240 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW support
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 9 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 26-130mm (5.0x) 24-240mm (10.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.2-6.5 f/3.1-6.3
Macro focus distance 10cm -
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 2.7" 3"
Screen resolution 230 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen technology TFT LCD QVGA TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4 secs 8 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting rate 1.0fps -
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.50 m -
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye -
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720p (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video data format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 118g (0.26 lb) 128g (0.28 lb)
Physical dimensions 94 x 58 x 18mm (3.7" x 2.3" x 0.7") 98 x 58 x 17mm (3.9" x 2.3" x 0.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 220 photos -
Battery style Battery Pack -
Battery model EN-EL19 -
Self timer Yes (10 or 2 sec) Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD / SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Card slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $139 $180