Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot G1X

Winner
Canon PowerShot G1X

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Canon Powershot S100

61

Canon Powershot S100

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Great color depth
Color depth
21.7 bits
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Large sensor
Sensor size
Four thirds 18.7x14.0mm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
250 ms shutter lag
Weight
Light-weight
198 g
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon G1X

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Overall image quality
Better image quality
60.0 vs 50.0
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20% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
21.7 bits vs 20.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Sensor size
Larger sensor
Four thirds 18.7x14.0mm vs 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
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Around 6.5x larger sensor
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1900 ms vs 2400 ms
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More than 20% less delay when turning on
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
644 ISO vs 153 ISO
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The G1X has excellent image quality 2.1 f-stops higher ISO than the S100
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The G1X's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
250 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Canon S100

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Macro focus
Much better macro capability
3 cm vs 20 cm
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Focus on subjects 6.7x closer to the lens
Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.0 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the S100's lens captures slightly more light (1 f-stop)
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
250 ms vs 697 ms
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2.8x less delay when taking photos
Size
Smaller
99x60x28 mm vs 117x81x65 mm
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3.7x smaller
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.6 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
9.6 fps vs 1.9 fps
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More than 5x faster continuous shooting
Weight
Significantly lighter
198 g vs 492 g
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2.5x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.1" vs 2.6"
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2.3x thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$245.00 vs $549.00
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The best price we've seen is $304 cheaper (2.2x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lenses only Help
              One lens only
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G1X:1900 ms
              S100:2400 ms
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1X:10.8 EV
              S100:11.6 EV
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1X:21.7 bits
              S100:20.7 bits
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1X:60.0
              S100:50.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G1X:4x
              S100:5x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $349

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $578

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $420

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $699

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $340 - $348

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $829

              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $547

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $459

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $396

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $80

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $372

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

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              Showing 4 comments

              John russel (11:20 PM, June 29, 2012)
              canon s100 is a compact camera, i can take a lott of photos every where, and it so advance for a beginer like me. its good
               
              Karlsberg (10:30 PM, March 02, 2012)
              Thats right. The information provided about the cameras is quite useful (when its accurate), but the scores are completely useless...for pretty much any camera comparison, unless you were going to buy a canon or nikon anyway ; )
               
              Mohammad Safar (6:53 AM, February 12, 2012)
              all canon G series are having problem (i don't know if you read about that). the screws inside get loose and fall directly on the power board and create a short in the circuit! This is what happened to my G& and G( and i think they did not solve the problem! canon is down down hill!
               
              Zzeke (6:07 PM, February 06, 2012)
              The only reason the Canon S100 out scores the G1X is that it gets 20 more points from you due to the fact that it is more "popular" than the G1 X. But the G1 X isn't even on the market yet, whereas the S100 has been around a few months.

              Otherwise, the G1X easily out scores the S100.