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

Canon PowerShot S120 vs Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

Winner
Canon PowerShot S120

73

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

35

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S120

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1500 ms startup delay
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
173 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons

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differences

Advantages of the Canon S120

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/3
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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
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The S120's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 124 fps
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More than 90% higher fps
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Size
Slightly smaller
100×59×29 mm vs 112×64×42 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 faster
11.5 fps vs 9.4 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
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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
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              S120240 fps
              SH-50 iHS124 fps
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              S1209.4 fps
              SH-50 iHS11.5 fps
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $498

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $293 - $298

              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $247

              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $213 - $298

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen

              Canon PowerShot S120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $519 - $649

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $237

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $264

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Pro digicam

              $382

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $330

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              GPS Has a GPS
              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

              $199 - $289

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $259

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $150 - $210

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $160

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

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