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Advantages of the Canon S100

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 38 mm
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Around 40% better wide angle
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Zoom
Significantly more zoom
5x vs 3.6x
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Around 2x more zoom
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2 vs f/3.1
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At its widest zoom, the S100's lens captures much more light (1.3 f-stops)
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 9.8 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" 6.13x4.6mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.1" vs 1.1"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Nikon L20

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Weight
Lighter
135 g vs 198 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$144.96 vs $479.00
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The best price we've seen is $334 cheaper (3.3x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

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              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S1006,400 ISO
              L201,600 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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