Updated (January, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Canon Powershot S100

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Canon PowerShot S95

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

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

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Weight
Light-weight
193 g
 
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Advantages of the Canon G1X

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Better image quality 60.0 vs 47.0
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Around 30% better image quality
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
Color depth Better color depth 21.7 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Sensor size Larger sensor Four thirds 18.7x14.0mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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More than 6x larger sensor
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The G1X's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
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 S95
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Startup delay Less startup delay 1900 ms vs 2200 ms
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More than 10% less delay when turning on
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
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 S95

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Aperture Significantly wider aperture f/2.0 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the S95's lens captures slightly more light (1 f-stop)
Macro focus Much better macro capability 5 cm vs 20 cm
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Focus on subjects 4x closer to the lens
Size Smaller 99x58x29 mm vs 117x81x65 mm
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3.6x smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 193 g vs 492 g
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2.5x lighter
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 610 ms vs 697 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.3 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Thickness Thinner 1.2" vs 2.6"
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2.2x thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $323.95 vs $510.59
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The best price we've seen is $187 cheaper (around 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              G1X:697 ms
              S95:610 ms
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lenses only Help
              One lens only
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1X:10.8 EV
              S95:11.3 EV
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              G1X:1900 ms
              S95:2200 ms
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              1.9 fps
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              G1X:20 cm
              S95:5 cm
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              G1X:60.0
              S95:47.0
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              G1X:4x
              S95:3.8x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $548

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $451

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $369 - $499

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $820

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $338 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

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

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $799

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $500 - $598

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $468 - $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

              $300 body only

              $298 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 S95 Competitors

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              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $220 - $249

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $315 - $400

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $230

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $232

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture

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