Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Nikon 1 V2

Canon Powershot S100

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Canon Powershot S100

63

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Nikon 1 V1

35

Nikon 1 V1

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 V1

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
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
 

differences

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
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
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$243.99 vs $490.00
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The best price we've seen is $246 cheaper (2x less)
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
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
Focus points
Many more focus points
135 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
1300 ms vs 2400 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
97 ms vs 250 ms
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2.6x less delay when taking photos
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Overall image quality
Better image quality
54.0 vs 50.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
21.3 bits vs 20.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Battery life
Longer battery life
350 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 80% more shots per battery charge
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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
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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S100:11.6 EV
              V1:11 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              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

              $498

              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 much more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $1,227

              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $249

              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

              $391 - $399

              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

              $593

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $70

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $350

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

              Nikon 1 V1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $189 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

              $399 - $797 body only

              $499 - $799 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 V3

              Nikon 1 V3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,197 with 10-30mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $235 body only

              $315 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
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $333 with 10-30mm lens

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

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