Updated (August 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot S120 vs Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

Canon PowerShot S120 vs Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

Winner
Canon PowerShot S120

67

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

35

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S120

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
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
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
11.5 fps
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
124 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons

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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)
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 124 fps
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More than 90% higher fps
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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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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Size
Slightly smaller
100×59×29 mm vs 112×64×42 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
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
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$224.99 vs $349.00
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The best price we've seen is $124 cheaper (around 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Fewer buttons
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              S120240 fps
              SH-50 iHS124 fps
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              S1209.4 fps
              SH-50 iHS11.5 fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $257

              3D Captures 3D images
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              3D Captures 3D images
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              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
              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $314

              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

              Canon PowerShot S120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $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

              $312

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Weight Slightly lighter
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $260

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $119 - $217

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Size Smaller
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS

              Travel zoom

              $269

              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $200 - $209

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $213 - $298

              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon 1 J5

              Nikon 1 J5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $497 with 10-30mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Lowest price More expensive

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