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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
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Aperture
Significantly 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)
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
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
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
Size
Slightly smaller
99×60×28 mm vs 61×97×29 mm
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Almost the same
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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