Updated (September 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Canon PowerShot S95

Canon Powershot S100 vs Canon PowerShot S95

Canon Powershot S100


Canon PowerShot S95



Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
9.6 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look


Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot S100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot S95.


Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam


Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Supports 24p No 24p support
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Pro digicam


Sensor size Much larger sensor
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam


Touch screen Has a touch screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
GPS No built-in GPS

Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon PowerShot S120

Pro digicam


High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Wide angle Much better wide angle
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon PowerShot G7 X

Canon PowerShot G7 X

Pro digicam

$477 - $599

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Size Significantly larger
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam


High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Wide angle Much better wide angle
Dynamic range Less dynamic range


Advantages of the Canon S100

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High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
More than 10% better wide angle
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
9.6 fps vs 1.9 fps
More than 5x faster continuous shooting
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.6 EV vs 11.3 EV
0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Better image quality
50.0 vs 47.0
Around 10% better image quality
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
The S100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 10 MP
Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
20.7 bits vs 20.4 bits
Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Slightly smaller
99×60×28 mm vs 100×58×30 mm
Almost the same
Slightly thinner
1.1" vs 1.2"
Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Canon S95

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Canon PowerShot S95 Learn more about
the Canon S95


Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro digicams, and ignoring price

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              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              200 shots
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              153 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S10020.7 bits
              S9520.4 bits
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Zoom Poor zoom Help

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Size Very small Help
              S10099×60×28 mm
              S95100×58×30 mm
              Weight Very light Help
              S100198 g
              S95193 g
              Thickness Very thin Help
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              15 seconds
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S1006,400 ISO
              S953,200 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              S10012 MP
              S9510 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              461k dots
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S10011.6 EV
              S9511.3 EV
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              S1001/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
              S951/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              S1001080p @ 24fps
              S95720p @ 24fps




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              Avatar for waarp waarp (1:27 PM, March 22, 2012)
              You and all the dumbells out there who think newer is automatically better. You dont get rid of a perfectly good camera just to have 1080 HD clips or a 2mm wider lens. Thats geek crap.
              Avatar for Aputure Aputure (10:12 AM, February 27, 2012)
              Aside from the S100 being slower (IMHO) than the S95, it's a hell of a camera! See my review here: http://www.aputure.com/blog/?p=3271
              Liewkc8 (11:18 AM, January 19, 2012)
              You are absolute right. I just came back from our local Canon Customer Service, and was SHOCKED to find out that s100 is confirmed to produce `frickled videos' because the senior technical guy there said this is inherent in all CMOS sensor cameras when taking videos indoor with florescent lighting, or too bright a sunlight outdoor!
              Yet, all Canon's prevailing tv advertisement show s100 videos as its main theme, less so of its still pictures.

              I purchased this s100 to replace my Ixus 860-IS which is fantastic for my often usage in taking both videos and still pictures in indoor florescent lighting condition. So it looks like I can only use s100 for still pictures only. For my videos taking, I still need my 860-IS if I want aoid frickling videos!!! THIS IS ABSOLUTELY INSANE AND UNSATISFACTORY....
              Daggymac (8:58 AM, December 30, 2011)
              I am dissapointed with video frame rate. Why not 1080p 30FPS??? WHY? I dont get it, instead of smooth super quality video you will get jerky video with great quality. I cant even watch videos with 24FPS.

              Next - why not 720p 60FPS??? WHY?

              S100 is for sure great camera for taking sill pictures, but it will be bestseller if this camera could be used as camcorder. Hey Canon, if you read this, consider my "wish list" :)

              Gary (0:12 AM, November 02, 2011)
              Hi, is your s95 still for sale and if so what sort of price are you looking for, thanks Gary
              Christianramo (10:39 PM, October 30, 2011)
              I got the 100s , Excelent  camera pro 
              Maher Warde (5:59 PM, October 10, 2011)
              how mutch  ????
              jrcampps (5:44 PM, October 07, 2011)
              does someone wants to buy my canon S95 Because i want to purchase the S100 now..

              Leen Kleijwegt, Netherlands (5:48 AM, September 21, 2011)
              I was waiting for Raw AND 1080 video AND gps. This is the first one so I will buy it!
              Earicafuente25 (4:32 AM, September 16, 2011)
              What? new Blood for the Canon S-series...