Updated (February, 2014): Compare the Canon PowerShot S200 vs Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Winner
Canon PowerShot S120

79

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Canon PowerShot S110

62

Canon PowerShot S110

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S120

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
11.9 EV
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1500 ms startup delay
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
173 ms shutter lag
Really small
Size
Compact 100x59x29 mm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S110

Size
Really small
Compact 99x59x27 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Thickness
Thin
1.1"
Weight
Light-weight
198 g
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon S120

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.9 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
56.0 vs 48.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
922k dots vs 461k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
173 ms vs 484 ms
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2.8x less delay when taking photos
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
246 ISO vs 168 ISO
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The S120 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Color depth
Better color depth
21.3 bits vs 20.6 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2.0
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At its widest zoom, the S120's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1500 ms vs 2300 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Battery life
Longer battery life
230 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Canon S110

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size
Slightly smaller
99x59x27 mm vs 100x59x29 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
198 g vs 217 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$179.00 vs $326.12
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The best price we've seen is $147 cheaper (around 50% less)
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.1" vs 1.1"
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Around 10% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              S120:f/1.8
              S110:f/2.0
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Light sensitivity Extremely good maximum light sensitivity Help
              12,800 ISO
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              12 MP
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S120:246 ISO
              S110:168 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S120:56.0
              S110:48.0

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Size Very small Help
              S120:100x59x29 mm
              S110:99x59x27 mm
              Thickness Very thin Help
              1.1"
              Weight Very light Help
              S120:217 g
              S110:198 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S120:$326.12
              S110:$179.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              15 seconds
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/2000 of a second
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              S120:230 shots
              S110:200 shots
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12 MP
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              S120:1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              S110:1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $320

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $432 - $449

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Pro digicam

              $347

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $229 - $400

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Light sensitivity Significantly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot S120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $699

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Size Significantly larger
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Canon PowerShot S110 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon PowerShot S110.

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