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

Canon PowerShot S120

Winner
Canon PowerShot S120

79

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Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

38

Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S120

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
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
 

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
 

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
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$326.12 vs $399.00
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The best price we've seen is $73 cheaper (around 20% less)
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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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $170 - $240

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $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 SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              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

              $299 - $368

              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

              $260

              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
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $222 - $300

              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 SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot S120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $320

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $432 - $449

              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
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $699

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

              Olympus Stylus SH-50 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus SH-1

              Olympus Stylus SH-1

              Travel zoom

              $258 - $300

              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

              $130

              High-speed framerate Higher speed movies
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter max exposures
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $167

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

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