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Nikon CoolPix 3100 or 4300
I new to digital phtography and am about to purchase my first camera. I want the best camera I can buy for my money, but don't want to waste money on needless options or a camera with the same options with another that is just a megapixel higher. My question is which camera is better, the Nikon CoolPix 3100 or 4300? Are they the same except for the megapixels? Please help me! I am desperate and nobody will answer me. Any help that you couls give to me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you...

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Well, I have the 4300 and absolutely love it. I have even talked 2 other people I know into buying one and the company I work for bought 2. All of them love it also. The major drawback of the 3100 is that it doesn't use the lithium ion rechargable battery, so you waste a ton of cash on buying batteries all the time. Also, the 3100 is only 3megapixels, the 4300 is 4. Right now, I would not buying anything lower than 4, just from see the quality difference from when I went from my coolpix 775 (2mp) to my 4300.

Hope that helps, if you want to see some pictures taken with mine, check http://tootall.deviantart.com enjoy..

Comment #1

I just got the cp 4300.. another plus for the 4300 is it supports TIFF, whereas the 3100 only supports JPEG. I think it's well worth the extra money you'll spend. dubbaplate...

Comment #2

I went the other way. The image quality are excellent the way it is in Jpeg (I set mine to best resolution). I did not consider the 4300 because of proprietory battery vs AA battery...

Comment #3

As a satisfied former owner of a Coolpix 800, which took a hard fall one day, I am looking for an updated camera with many of the same features but with a slightly higher pixel count and better movie capabilities. The perfect camera seemed to be the 4300, except for the major problem that it uses a proprietary battery rather than AA batteries. I used NM-hydride rechargeables in the 800 and found that they lasted much longer than similar cameras (owned by friends) that used Lithium-ion batteries. What's more, I do most of my photography in places where electric outlets may be few and far between but an emergency supply of AAs is usally easy to find. I would immediately spring for the Nikon 3100 except that it lacks a manual mode and, even more surprisingly, does not allow for alternate metering modes! I feel like I shouldn't be in this quandary. Can someone explain why the new cameras don't use AAs (other than the obvious fact that Nikon and other companies make a ton of money when you have to buy their ultra-expensive proprietary batteries)? And can anyone suggest a different camera (perhaps a different brand) that is comparable to the Coolpix 4300 but uses AA batteries?..

Comment #4

Do any of you Nikon 4300 owners know if it has Stitch Assist Mode? I have not been able to find that info in the specs. Thanks...

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