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
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
173 ms shutter lag
 

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
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
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 9.8 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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 11.5 fps vs 9.4 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
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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 S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $228 - $249

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

        Travel zoom

        $299 - $350

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
        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

        $368 - $450

        3D Captures 3D images
        Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Travel zoom

        $471 - $484

        3D Captures 3D images
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $269 - $319

        3D Captures 3D images
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199 - $259

        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
        Macro focus Slightly 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
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Canon PowerShot S200

        Canon PowerShot S200

        Pro digicam

        $331 - $420

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Lowest price Cheaper
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution 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

        $348 - $370

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

        Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus Stylus SH-1

        Olympus Stylus SH-1

        Travel zoom

        $369

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
        Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

        Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

        Travel zoom

        $149 - $160

        High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
        Weight Slightly lighter
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter max exposures
        Olympus XZ-2 iHS

        Olympus XZ-2 iHS

        Pro digicam

        $299

        Aperture Much wider aperture
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Zoom Less zoom
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $320

        GPS Has a GPS
        Image stabilization Better image stabilization
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Touch screen No touch screen

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