Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot S120 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

100

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Canon PowerShot S110

63

Canon PowerShot S110

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Great image quality
Overall image quality
66.0
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Really small
Size
Compact 101x58x35 mm
Great color depth
Color depth
22.6 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S110

Size
Really small
Compact 99x59x27 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon S110

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Size
Smaller
99x59x27 mm vs 101x58x35 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The S110's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Startup delay
Less startup delay
2300 ms vs 2800 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.4"
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More than 20% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$179.00 vs $389.99
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The best price we've seen is $211 cheaper (2.2x less)
Weight
Slightly lighter
198 g vs 213 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

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Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm
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Around 3x larger sensor
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.4 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
66.0 vs 48.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
390 ISO vs 168 ISO
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The DSC-RX100 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the S110
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 461k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
Color depth
Better color depth
22.6 bits vs 20.6 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
20 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
330 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2.0
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-RX100's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              S110:f/2.0
              DSC-RX100:f/1.8
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              S110:2300 ms
              DSC-RX100:2800 ms
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S110:5x
              DSC-RX100:3.6x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Size Very small Help
              S110:99x59x27 mm
              DSC-RX100:101x58x35 mm
              Weight Very light Help
              S110:198 g
              DSC-RX100:213 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              S110:1.1"
              DSC-RX100:1.4"
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              S110:15s
              DSC-RX100:30s
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              3D Captures 3D images
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $340 - $348

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              3D Captures 3D images
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $245 - $400

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $372

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $1,227

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot S110 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $80

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Weight Lighter
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              Zoom More zoom
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Supports RAW No RAW support

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $619 - $648

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Size Larger
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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              jclimber (6:49 PM, July 10, 2013)
              S110 does have an HDR Mode.
               
              D (2:35 PM, June 30, 2013)
              startup lag for the Canon S110 is wrong. It's more like 2.3s, still faster than the Sony but not by much.