Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Size
Really small
Compact 99x60x28 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

Zoom
Great zoom
14x
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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Advantages of the Canon S100

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Aperture Much wider aperture f/2.0 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the S100's lens captures much more light (1.3 f-stops)
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Size Smaller 99x60x28 mm vs 106x59x33 mm
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Around 20% smaller
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 12 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The S100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Sensor size Larger sensor 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 9.6 fps vs 3.2 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 198 g vs 215 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Canon SX230 HS

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Zoom More zoom 14x vs 5x
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Around 8x more zoom
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 210 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price Cheaper $199.00 vs $280.00
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The best price we've seen is $81 cheaper (around 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              S100:Lens
              SX230 HS:Sensor shift, Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Weight Heavy Help
              S100:198 g
              SX230 HS:215 g
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              S100:200 shots
              SX230 HS:210 shots
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $250

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $200

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200 - $300

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon ELPH 330 HS

              Canon ELPH 330 HS

              Travel zoom

              $160

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Aperture Has a significantly narrower aperture
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $175

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $348

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Sensor size Slightly larger sensor
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $698

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Size Significantly larger

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Canon PowerShot SX210 IS

              Travel zoom

              $467 - $502

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX270 HS

              Travel zoom

              $184 - $213

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX240 HS

              Travel zoom

              $164

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS

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              Cheater (8:15 AM, September 17, 2011)
              The SX230HS is way more better for non-fanatics of photoshooting. They'll like the higher zoom factor, and not the very specific other technical details. Then, the price is much more friendly compared to the G95 or G100. It are just two different cameras!