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Advantages of the Canon S120

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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
Size
Slightly smaller
100×59×29 mm vs 111×68×46 mm
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2x smaller
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.8"
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Around 40% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
217 g vs 298 g
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Around 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX7

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Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.4 vs f/1.8
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX7's lens captures much more light (0.7 f-stops)
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
330 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$393.09 vs $893.98
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The best price we've seen is $501 cheaper (2.3x less)
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
11 fps vs 9.4 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              S120f/1.8
              DMC-LX7f/1.4
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              S120240 fps
              DMC-LX7120 fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              S1209
              DMC-LX723
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              Common Weaknesses
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              S12012 MP
              DMC-LX710 MP
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              S1209.4 fps
              DMC-LX711 fps
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              S1201/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              DMC-LX71/1.8" 7.44x5.58mm

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              Canon PowerShot S120
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