Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot S120 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs Canon PowerShot S110

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

99

Canon PowerShot S110

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Great color depth
Color depth
22.6 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.4 EV
High true resolution
True resolution
20 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S110

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Size
Really small
Compact 99x59x27 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot S110. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100.

differences

Advantages of the Canon S110

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size
Smaller
99x59x27 mm vs 101x58x35 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The S110's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Startup delay
Less startup delay
2300 ms vs 2800 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.1" vs 1.4"
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More than 20% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$249.99 vs $369.99
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The best price we've seen is $120 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Weight
Lighter
198 g vs 213 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

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Sensor size
Much larger sensor
1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
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Around 3x larger sensor
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.4 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
66.0 vs 48.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
390 ISO vs 168 ISO
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The DSC-RX100 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the S110
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 461k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
20 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
22.6 bits vs 20.6 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Battery life
Much longer battery life
330 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2.0
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-RX100's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              S110f/2.0
              DSC-RX100f/1.8
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              S1101080p @ 24fps
              DSC-RX1001080p @ 60fps
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              10 fps
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              S11012 MP
              DSC-RX10020 MP
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              S1101/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
              DSC-RX1001" 13.2x8.8mm
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              S1102300 ms
              DSC-RX1002800 ms
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S1105x
              DSC-RX1003.6x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              S11099x59x27 mm
              DSC-RX100101x58x35 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              S110198 g
              DSC-RX100213 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              S11015s
              DSC-RX10030s
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $241 - $348

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              3D Captures 3D images
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              3D Captures 3D images
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $649

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $218

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $281

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              3D Captures 3D images
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Light sensitivity (boost) Much lower boost light sensitivity

              Canon PowerShot S110 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $100

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Sensor size Slightly larger sensor
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $429

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Sensor size Slightly larger sensor
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Samsung NX3000

              Samsung NX3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $69 body only

              $365 - $479 with 20-50mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix P330

              Nikon Coolpix P330

              Pro digicam

              $279

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $598

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $291 body only

              $330 - $398 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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              jclimber (6:49 PM, July 10, 2013)
              S110 does have an HDR Mode.
               
              D (2:35 PM, June 30, 2013)
              startup lag for the Canon S110 is wrong. It's more like 2.3s, still faster than the Sony but not by much.