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

Canon PowerShot S120

Winner
Canon PowerShot S120

85

vs

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

56

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

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
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

Zoom
Great zoom
20x
Size
Really small
Compact 96x55x25 mm
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

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)
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
922k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
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
Help
The S120's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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
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" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
Lowest price
Cheaper
$359.95 vs $449.00
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The best price we've seen is $89 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-WX300

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Zoom
Significantly more zoom
20x vs 5x
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16x more zoom
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Battery life
Much longer battery life
500 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
Help
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Smaller
96x55x25 mm vs 100x59x29 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
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $249

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              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

              $220 - $248

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $244 - $400

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $270 - $360

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot S120 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $70

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Size Much larger
              Touch screen No touch screen
              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
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Size Significantly larger
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX200

              Sony Cybershot DSC-WX200

              Travel zoom

              $120

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

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $139 - $150

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

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