Updated (February, 2014): Compare the Canon PowerShot S200 vs Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S120

Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1500 ms startup delay
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
11.9 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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Advantages of the Canon S120

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Aperture Much wider aperture f/1.8 vs f/3.0
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At its widest zoom, the S120's lens captures much more light (1.5 f-stops)
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 922k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The S120's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
True resolution Higher true resolution 12 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies 240 fps vs 124 fps
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More than 90% higher fps
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
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Size Smaller 100x59x29 mm vs 112x64x42 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.7"
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More than 30% thinner
Weight Slightly lighter 217 g vs 269 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Olympus SH-50 iHS

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Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Zoom More zoom 24x vs 5x
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More than 23x more zoom
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 11.5 fps vs 9.4 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $182.92 vs $449.00
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The best price we've seen is $266 cheaper (2.5x less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $354

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348

              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $473 - $500

              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $299 - $599

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $280

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $288

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $297

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity

              Canon PowerShot S120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $230 - $249

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              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 Significantly 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

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus SH-1

              Olympus Stylus SH-1

              Travel zoom

              $399

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $429

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $86 - $160

              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter max exposures
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $181 - $399

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Zoom Less zoom
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Significantly larger
              Touch screen No touch screen

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