Updated (September 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Canon PowerShot G10

Canon Powershot S100 vs Canon PowerShot G10

Winner
Canon Powershot S100

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Canon PowerShot G10

35

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
9.6 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G10

True resolution
High true resolution
14.6 MP
Battery life
Great battery life
1000 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel

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Advantages of the Canon S100

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the S100's lens captures slightly more light (1 f-stops)
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
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
250 ms vs 569 ms
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2.3x less delay when taking photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.6 EV vs 10 EV
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3.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Overall image quality
Better image quality
50.0 vs 37.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
9.6 fps vs 0.7 fps
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More than 13.5x faster continuous shooting
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
20.7 bits vs 19 bits
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Distinguishes 1.7 more bits of color
Size
Smaller
99×60×28 mm vs 109×78×46 mm
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2.4x smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S100's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops 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
Weight
Lighter
198 g vs 390 g
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Around 50% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.8"
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Around 40% thinner
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$358.00 vs $849.00
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The best price we've seen is $491 cheaper (2.4x less)
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Advantages of the Canon G10

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
1000 shots vs 200 shots
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5x more shots per battery charge
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.6 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
2000 ms vs 2400 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Tunnel vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S100153 ISO
              G10156 ISO
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S10020.7 bits
              G1019 bits
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S10011.6 EV
              G1010 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S10050.0
              G1037.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              S10012,800 ISO
              G10None
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S1006,400 ISO
              G101,600 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              461k dots
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              S1001/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
              G101/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $483 - $649

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $400

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $259

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $341

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Canon PowerShot G10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $289

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597 - $1,350

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Size Much larger
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $440

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              True resolution Lower true resolution

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