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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
250 ms shutter lag
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 
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Advantages of the Canon S100

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.6 EV vs 11 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution Higher true resolution 12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture around 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 1 f-stop better
Weight Lighter 198 g vs 277 g
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Around 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 9.6 fps
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Around 6.5x faster continuous shooting
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies 1,200 fps vs 240 fps
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5x higher fps
Focus points Many more focus points 135 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1400 ms vs 2400 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Overall image quality Better image quality 56.0 vs 50.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 94 ms vs 250 ms
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2.7x less delay when taking photos
Color depth Better color depth 21.5 bits vs 20.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Sensor size Larger sensor Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
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Around 3x larger sensor
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 372 ISO vs 153 ISO
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The J1 has excellent image quality 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the S100
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 230 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $199.99 vs $280.00
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The best price we've seen is $80 cheaper (around 30% less)
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              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              S100:99x60x28 mm
              J1:106x61x29 mm
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              S100:240 fps
              J1:1,200 fps
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Thickness Thin Help
              S100:1.1"
              J1:1.2"
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S100:153 ISO
              J1:372 ISO
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              S100:200 shots
              J1:230 shots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S100:11.6 EV
              J1:11 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S100:20.7 bits
              J1:21.5 bits
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S100:50.0
              J1:56.0

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $359

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548 - $550

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $331 - $567

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $348

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $200

              Zoom More zoom
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $698

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $409 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $265 with 11-2mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $439 body only

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Size Larger
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $326 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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              Bob (7:37 PM, March 06, 2012)
              Nikon J1 does have image stabilization in the lens and it works very well.  I shot some pictures in the dark with no tripod on the first night I had the J1 and image stabilization was compensating for 1/4 second shutter speeds.  Pretty impressive imo.  While you do have a disclaimer regarding point and shoot versus mirrorless, the ratings don't make a bit of sense and at least some of your information is inaccurate.
               
              Jinn (9:06 AM, March 02, 2012)
              Hey, Admin or Moderator, the image quality rating is wrong. 15 points increase in image quality equates to 100% higher image quality (1 stop). So the 6 points is supposed to be around 40%.  Check this out - http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/About/Sensor-scores