Updated (January 2012): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Canon PowerShot G1X

Canon Powershot S100 vs Canon PowerShot G12

Winner
Canon Powershot S100

48

Canon PowerShot G12

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
9.6 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
250 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G12

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Battery life
Great battery life
350 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel

Items often bought with the S100 or G12

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differences

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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
9.6 fps vs 2 fps
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Around 5x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
250 ms vs 380 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.6 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Size
Smaller
99×60×28 mm vs 112×76×48 mm
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2.5x smaller
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
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
50.0 vs 47.0
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Around 10% better image quality
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The S100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Startup delay
Less startup delay
2400 ms vs 2700 ms
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More than 10% less delay when turning on
Weight
Lighter
198 g vs 401 g
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2x lighter
Color depth
Better color depth
20.7 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.9"
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More than 40% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$284.95 vs $449.00
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The best price we've seen is $164 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Canon G12

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Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
350 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 80% 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
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 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              S1002400 ms
              G122700 ms
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S100153 ISO
              G12161 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S10020.7 bits
              G1220.4 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S10011.6 EV
              G1211.2 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S10050.0
              G1247.0
              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
              G12None
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S1006,400 ISO
              G123,200 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              S10012 MP
              G1210 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              461k dots
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              S1001/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
              G121/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $265

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              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 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 G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549

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

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $313

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Pro digicam

              $948

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive

              Canon PowerShot G12 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $420

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $299

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $669 - $798

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G10

              Canon PowerShot G10

              Pro digicam

              $849

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

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