Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Olympus PEN E-PM2

Canon Powershot S100 vs Olympus PEN E-PM2

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Canon Powershot S100

60

Olympus PEN E-PM2

45

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-PM2

Overall image quality
Great image quality
72.0
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
700 ms startup delay
Color depth
Great color depth
22.7 bits

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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
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
Size
Slightly smaller
99x60x28 mm vs 110x64x34 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
9.6 fps vs 8 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
198 g vs 269 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$218.00 vs $501.32
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The best price we've seen is $283 cheaper (2.3x less)
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Advantages of the Olympus PEN E-PM2

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
72.0 vs 50.0
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More than 40% better image quality
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
700 ms vs 2400 ms
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3.4x less delay when turning on
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 20.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.2 EV vs 11.6 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
932 ISO vs 153 ISO
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The PEN E-PM2 has excellent image quality 2.6 f-stops higher ISO than the S100
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The PEN E-PM2's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.9 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Battery life
Longer battery life
360 shots vs 200 shots
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80% more shots per battery charge
Focus points
More focus points
35 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
204 ms vs 250 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The PEN E-PM2's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              S10099x60x28 mm
              PEN E-PM2110x64x34 mm
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Thickness Thin Help
              S1001.1"
              PEN E-PM21.3"
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              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
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S100461k dots
              PEN E-PM2460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay

              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

              $249

              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 S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $429

              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

              $110

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Wide angle Worse wide angle

              Olympus PEN E-PM2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $475 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 - $449 body only

              $499 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Olympus PEN E-PL6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Olympus PEN E-PL7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 body only

              $599 with 14-42mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Size Slightly larger
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 body only

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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