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

Canon PowerShot G1X

Winner
Canon PowerShot G1X

76

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Canon PowerShot S95

58

Canon PowerShot S95

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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 S95

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Weight
Light-weight
193 g
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon G1X

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Overall image quality
Better image quality
60.0 vs 47.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
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
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
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
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.3 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 2.6"
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2.2x thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$459.00 vs $549.00
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The best price we've seen is $90 cheaper (around 20% 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
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              G1X:10.8 EV
              S95:11.3 EV
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lenses only Help
              One lens only
              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
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              G1X:21.7 bits
              S95:20.4 bits
              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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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $507

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              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

              $391 - $399

              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 S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $239 - $400

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $249

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $699

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $829

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

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              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 S95 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $70

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $371

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

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

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