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Advantages of the Canon S100

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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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
9.6 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 3x faster continuous shooting
Size
Slightly smaller
99×60×28 mm vs 122×69×34 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Weight
Lighter
198 g vs 369 g
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Around 50% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$197.00 vs $450.00
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The best price we've seen is $253 cheaper (2.3x less)
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Advantages of the Olympus E-P3

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Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Battery life
Longer battery life
330 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 461k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Slightly longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              S10099×60×28 mm
              E-P3122×69×34 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              S1001.1"
              E-P31.3"
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              Usually standard
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S100$197.00
              E-P3$450.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              S1001080p @ 24fps
              E-P31080p @ 30fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S1006,400 ISO
              E-P31,600 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              S10012 MP
              E-P312.2 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S100461k dots
              E-P3614k dots

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