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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
250 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1300 ms startup delay
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 
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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
Size Smaller 99x60x28 mm vs 113x76x43 mm
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2.2x smaller
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
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
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.7"
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Around 40% thinner
Weight Lighter 198 g vs 294 g
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More than 30% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The S100's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Nikon V1

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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 video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1300 ms vs 2400 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
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 97 ms vs 250 ms
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2.6x less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 54.0 vs 50.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Battery life Longer battery life 350 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
Color depth Better color depth 21.3 bits vs 20.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Sensor size Larger sensor Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
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Around 3x larger sensor
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 346 ISO vs 153 ISO
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The V1 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the S100
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              S100:240 fps
              V1:1,200 fps
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S100:20.7 bits
              V1:21.3 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S100:153 ISO
              V1:346 ISO
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S100:11.6 EV
              V1:11 EV
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S100:50.0
              V1:54.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $324 - $425

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $499 - $598

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Boutique

              $780 - $900

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $610

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $250

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              GPS No built-in GPS
              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
              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 V1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $198 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon 1 V2

              Nikon 1 V2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,358 body only

              $998 - $1,123 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $326 with 10-30mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $585 with 10-100mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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