Updated (February 2014): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Nikon Coolpix S9700

Canon Powershot S100 vs Nikon Coolpix S9500

Winner
Canon Powershot S100

64

Nikon Coolpix S9500

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2
Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Really small
Size
Compact (99×60×28 mm)
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9500

Zoom
Great zoom
22x
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot S100.
Explore our gallery of 40 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S9500.

differences

Advantages of the Canon S100

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the S100's lens captures much more light (1.5 f-stops)
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size
Smaller
99×60×28 mm vs 110×60×31 mm
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Around 20% 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
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
9.6 fps vs 7.5 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The S100's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1500s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
Weight
Slightly lighter
198 g vs 205 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon S9500

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Zoom
Significantly more zoom
22x vs 5x
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Around 19.5x more zoom
Focus points
Many more focus points
99 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 461k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Battery life
Longer battery life
230 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Cheaper
$223.72 vs $329.99
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The best price we've seen is $106 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              240 fps
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              S1001080p @ 24fps
              S95001080p @ 30fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              S100200 shots
              S9500230 shots
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $210

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $278

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously

              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

              $264

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $498

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $237

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Nikon Coolpix S9500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $189

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $197

              Size Smaller
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Samsung WB350F

              Samsung WB350F

              Travel zoom

              $150 - $210

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX350

              Travel zoom

              $213 - $268

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Size Significantly smaller
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $297

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger

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