Updated (September 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Olympus PEN E-PM1

Canon Powershot S100 vs Olympus PEN E-PM1

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Canon Powershot S100

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Olympus PEN E-PM1

34

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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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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2.6 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
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
9.6 fps vs 5.5 fps
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More than 70% faster continuous shooting
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
Size
Slightly smaller
99×60×28 mm vs 110×64×34 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
Battery life
Longer battery life
330 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Focus points
More focus points
35 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
52.0 vs 50.0
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Almost the same
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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
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 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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
              S10099×60×28 mm
              E-PM1110×64×34 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
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              S1002400 ms
              E-PM11800 ms
              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
              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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $206

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Pro digicam

              $350

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed

              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

              $260

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $312

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $400

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Olympus PEN E-PM1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $849 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Lowest price More expensive
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $591 body only

              $229 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay More startup delay
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $253 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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $460 - $499 with 12-32mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              External flash No external flash support
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $487 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

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