Updated (February, 2014): Compare the Canon PowerShot S200 vs Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S120

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
922k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 100x59x29 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Macro focus
Great macro
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Advantages of the Canon S120

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Aperture Much wider aperture f/1.8 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the S120's lens captures much more light (1.8 f-stops)
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 922k dots vs 461k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The S120's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Size Smaller 100x59x29 mm vs 104x70x80 mm
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3.4x smaller
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
True resolution Higher true resolution 12 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 9.4 fps vs 3.8 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Sensor size Larger sensor 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.1" vs 3.1"
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2.8x thinner
Weight Lighter 217 g vs 349 g
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Around 40% lighter
Focus points Slightly more focus points 9 vs 1
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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Advantages of the Canon SX510 HS

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Zoom More zoom 30x vs 5x
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36x more zoom
Macro focus Better macro capability 0 cm vs 3 cm
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Almost the same
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $199.00 vs $449.00
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The best price we've seen is $250 cheaper (2.3x less)
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 250 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              S120:9
              SX510 HS:1

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $230 - $249

              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $300

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $280

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $368

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              3D Captures 3D images
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot S120 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $232

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Pro digicam

              $347

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $331 - $398

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS Competitors

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              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $227

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $160 - $279

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

              Super zoom

              $188 - $198

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Much larger
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX500 IS

              Super zoom

              $245 - $269

              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX170 IS

              Travel zoom

              $149 - $180

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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