Updated (February 2014): Compare the Canon PowerShot S200 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

Canon PowerShot S120 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

Winner
Canon PowerShot S120

81

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

54

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S120

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
High ISO
Light sensitivity
12,800 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

Zoom
Great zoom
20x
Size
Really small
Compact (96×55×25 mm)
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

galleries

Explore our gallery of 7 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot S120.
Explore our gallery of 36 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300.

differences

Advantages of the Canon S120

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the S120's lens captures much more light (1.9 f-stops)
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
Help
Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The S120's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
922k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
Help
Almost the same
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
Help
Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-WX300

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
500 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Zoom
Significantly more zoom
20x vs 5x
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16x more zoom
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Smaller
96×55×25 mm vs 100×59×29 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight
Lighter
166 g vs 217 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1" vs 1.1"
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More than 10% thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
10 fps vs 9.4 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$329.99 vs $349.00
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The best price we've seen is $19 cheaper (around 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              S1209.4 fps
              DSC-WX30010 fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              S120$349.00
              DSC-WX300$329.99
              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

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $198 - $268

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Macro focus Significantly closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $271 - $348

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $297 - $327

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon Coolpix P330

              Nikon Coolpix P330

              Pro digicam

              $424

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot S120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $559 - $649

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $264

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Slightly smaller
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $233

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Pro digicam

              $333

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX200

              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX200

              Travel zoom

              $180

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix S800c

              Nikon Coolpix S800c

              Travel zoom

              $220

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Zoom Less zoom
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220

              Travel zoom

              $198

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Zoom Less zoom
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $209 - $210

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger

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