Updated (September 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Canon PowerShot G5

Canon Powershot S100 vs Canon PowerShot G5

Canon Powershot S100
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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
9.6 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G5

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Tunnel
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

Items often bought with the S100 or G5

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot S100.
Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot G5.

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Advantages of the Canon S100

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 1.8"
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Around 70% larger screen
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 35 mm
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More than 30% better wide angle
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
12 MP vs 5 MP
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Capture around 2.5x more detail in your photos
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
9.6 fps vs 1.5 fps
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Around 6.5x faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
99×60×28 mm vs 121×74×70 mm
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3.8x smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 400 ISO
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The S100's maximum light sensitivity is 8 f-stops better
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
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
Significantly lighter
198 g vs 490 g
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2.5x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.1" vs 2.8"
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2.5x thinner
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm vs 1/1.8" 7.18x5.32mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
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Advantages of the Canon G5

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
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the G5.

similarities

Compared to recent digicams

Common Strengths
Aperture Very wide aperture Help
f/2
Supports RAW RAW support Help
Better editing
Common Weaknesses
Waterproof Not waterproof Help
Stay on land
Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
Less flexible
Zoom Poor zoom Help
S1005x
G54x

Compared to recent pro digicams

Common Strengths

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Common Weaknesses
Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
1/2000 of a second
Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
S10012,800 ISO
G5None
Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
S1006,400 ISO
G5400 ISO
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
S10012 MP
G55 MP
Sensor size Very small sensors Help
S1001/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
G51/1.8" 7.18x5.32mm

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam

$349

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam

$259

Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12

Pro digicam

$449

Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier

Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam

$448

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot S95

Canon PowerShot S95

Pro digicam

$400

Startup delay Less startup delay
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Pro digicam

$484 - $649

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot S200

Canon PowerShot S200

Pro digicam

$310

Aperture Wider aperture
Supports RAW No RAW support
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Nikon Coolpix S9900

Nikon Coolpix S9900

Travel zoom

$249 - $297

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Zoom More zoom
Aperture Much narrower aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

Canon PowerShot G5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Canon PowerShot SX400 IS

Super zoom

$149 - $536

Screen size Much larger screen
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W810

Compact

$98 - $110

Screen size Much larger screen
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Supports RAW No RAW support
Nikon Coolpix P900

Nikon Coolpix P900

Super zoom

$597 - $1,350

Zoom Much more zoom
Screen size Much larger screen
Size Much larger
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
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Canon PowerShot G3

Pro digicam

True resolution Lower true resolution
Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
Nikon Coolpix S3300

Nikon Coolpix S3300

Compact

$134

Screen size Much larger screen
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Aperture Much narrower aperture
Supports RAW No RAW support

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