Updated (February 2014): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S120 vs Canon PowerShot S110

Winner
Canon PowerShot S120

67

Canon PowerShot S110

50

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S120

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
11.9 EV
Really small
Size
Compact (100×59×29 mm)
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S110

Size
Really small
Compact (99×59×27 mm)
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Thickness
Thin
1.1"
Weight
Light-weight
198 g

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differences

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
99×59×27 mm vs 100×59×29 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight
Lighter
198 g vs 217 g
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Around 10% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
10 fps vs 9.4 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Cheaper
$259.00 vs $349.00
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The best price we've seen is $90 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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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1.4 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
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
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At its widest zoom, the S120's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
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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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
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              S110f/2
              S120f/1.8
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Fewer buttons
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              Light sensitivity Extremely good maximum light sensitivity Help
              12,800 ISO
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              S1101080p @ 24fps
              S1201080p @ 60fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              S11010 fps
              S1209.4 fps
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              S110200 shots
              S120230 shots
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S110168 ISO
              S120246 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S11048.0
              S12056.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Size Very small Help
              S11099×59×27 mm
              S120100×59×29 mm
              Thickness Very thin Help
              1.1"
              Weight Light weight Help
              S110198 g
              S120217 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S110$259.00
              S120$349.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/2000 of a second
              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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12 MP
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S11020.6 bits
              S12021.3 bits
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              S1101/1.8" 7.44x5.58mm
              S1201/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm

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              competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

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

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $310

              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              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
              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Pro digicam

              $330

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $260

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Light sensitivity Significantly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX710 HS

              Travel zoom

              $268 - $329

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon PowerShot S110 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Canon PowerShot S120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon PowerShot S120.

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