overview Sensor size

Sensor size Sensor size
1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm

The camera's sensor is what turns light into a digital image. The larger the sensor, the more light you capture, and the better quality image you get. Most digicam's have the same size sensor, but a few have bigger sensors, and DSLRs have much bigger sensors.

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Compared To Compared to recent compacts

Out of 7 recent compacts, only 1 has (significantly) better sensor size than the Canon Powershot S100.

Canon Powershot S100
1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
Best
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
Average
1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
Min
1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm