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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S120

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

Zoom
Great zoom
24x
Screen size
Large screen
3.0"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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differences

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
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 12 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies 240 fps vs 124 fps
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More than 90% higher fps
Size Smaller 100x59x29 mm vs 112x64x42 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
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
Lowest price Cheaper $209.00 vs $399.00
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The best price we've seen is $190 cheaper (around 50% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $359

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Dynamic range Has significantly narrower dynamic range
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548 - $550

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $200

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $389 - $449

              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Nikon Coolpix P330

              Nikon Coolpix P330

              Pro digicam

              $245

              3D Captures 3D images
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $319 - $499

              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot S120 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $698

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
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              Canon PowerShot S200

              Compact

              $205 - $235

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Pro digicam

              $377

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

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200 - $300

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              GPS Has a GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $159 - $229

              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures

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