Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Olympus PEN E-PM1

Canon Powershot S100 vs Olympus PEN E-PM1

Winner
Canon Powershot S100

60

Olympus PEN E-PM1

35

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PM1

Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
246 ms shutter lag
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot S100. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Olympus PEN E-PM1.

differences

Advantages of the Canon S100

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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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.6 EV vs 10.3 EV
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1.3 f-stops more dynamic range
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
9.6 fps vs 5.5 fps
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More than 70% faster continuous shooting
Size
Slightly smaller
99x60x28 mm vs 110x64x34 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Weight
Slightly lighter
198 g vs 263 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Olympus E-PM1

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1800 ms vs 2400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Focus points
More focus points
35 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life
Longer battery life
330 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
52.0 vs 50.0
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Almost the same
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
499 ISO vs 153 ISO
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The E-PM1 has excellent image quality 1.7 f-stops higher ISO than the S100
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Color depth
Better color depth
21 bits vs 20.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The E-PM1's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Longest exposure
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
              S10099x60x28 mm
              E-PM1110x64x34 mm
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Thickness Thin Help
              S1001.1"
              E-PM11.3"
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S10020.7 bits
              E-PM121 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S10011.6 EV
              E-PM110.3 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S100153 ISO
              E-PM1499 ISO
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S10050.0
              E-PM152.0
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              S1002400 ms
              E-PM11800 ms
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S100461k dots
              E-PM1460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $200

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $250

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $448

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $445

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $239

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Olympus PEN E-PM1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $459 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $260 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $219 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay More startup delay
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $488 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $230 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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