Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100 vs Canon PowerShot S95

Canon Powershot S100


Canon PowerShot S95



Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Really small
Compact 99x60x28 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

193 g
Really small
Compact 99x58x29 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look


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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
250 ms vs 610 ms
2.4x less delay when taking photos
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
More than 10% better wide angle
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.6 EV vs 11.3 EV
0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
9.6 fps vs 1.9 fps
More than 5x faster continuous shooting
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Overall image quality
Better image quality
50.0 vs 47.0
Around 10% better image quality
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 10 MP
Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
The S100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Color depth
Better color depth
20.7 bits vs 20.4 bits
Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Slightly smaller
99x60x28 mm vs 99x58x29 mm
Almost the same
Slightly thinner
1.1" vs 1.2"
Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
$218.00 vs $289.00
The best price we've seen is $71 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
2200 ms vs 2400 ms
Around 10% less delay when turning on
Canon PowerShot S95 Learn more about
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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
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S100:11.6 EV
              S95:11.3 EV
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              153 ISO
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              200 shots
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S100:20.7 bits
              S95:20.4 bits
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              S100:2400 ms
              S95:2200 ms
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              Zoom Poor zoom Help

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Size Very small Help
              S100:99x60x28 mm
              S95:99x58x29 mm
              Weight Very light Help
              S100:198 g
              S95:193 g
              Thickness Very thin Help
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              15 seconds
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              461k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S100:6,400 ISO
              S95:3,200 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              S100:12 MP
              S95:10 MP
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              S100:1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
              S95:1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm




              Shared Competitors



              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam


              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam


              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam


              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam


              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors



              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom


              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $398

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Much larger
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors



              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon PowerShot S95.


              Canon Powershot S100 Canon PowerShot S95
              Canon Powershot S100 Canon PowerShot S95
              Canon Powershot S100 Canon PowerShot S95


              Canon Powershot S100
              Powershot S100

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              Canon PowerShot S95
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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...