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

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
250 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-PM1

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1800 ms startup delay
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
 
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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 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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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
Sensor size Larger sensor Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm vs 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
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Around 5.5x larger sensor
Focus points More focus points 35 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
Battery life Longer battery life 330 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
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
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 52.0 vs 50.0
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Almost the same
Color depth Better color depth 21 bits vs 20.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $238.00 vs $319.99
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The best price we've seen is $82 cheaper (around 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S100:20.7 bits
              E-PM1:21 bits
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              S100:2400 ms
              E-PM1:1800 ms
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S100:11.6 EV
              E-PM1:10.3 EV
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S100:153 ISO
              E-PM1:499 ISO
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S100:50.0
              E-PM1:52.0
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S100:461k dots
              E-PM1:460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $328 body only

              $280 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $510 - $549

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $220 - $249

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $447 - $450

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $479 - $498

              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

              $333

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $232 - $290

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Olympus PEN E-PM1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

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

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $269 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay More startup delay
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $538 with 14-42mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Color depth Better color depth
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Olympus PEN E-PL2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 with 14-42mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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