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

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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
GPS
Built-in 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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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
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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
Startup delay Much less startup delay 700 ms vs 2400 ms
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3.4x less delay when turning on
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.2 EV vs 11.6 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Sensor size Larger sensor Four thirds 17.3x13.3mm vs 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
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More than 5.5x larger sensor
True resolution Higher true resolution 15.9 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
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
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
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 204 ms vs 250 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
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 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
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support

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        No significant shared competitors found.

        Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $228 - $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 - $449

        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

        $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

        $320

        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

        $356 - $428

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

        Olympus PEN E-PM2 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $500 with 14-42mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
        Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
        Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
        Olympus PEN E-PM1

        Olympus PEN E-PM1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $975 with 14-150mm lens

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

        Olympus PEN E-PL3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $285 with 14-42mm lens

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $550 - $748 with 12-32mm lens

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Olympus OM-D E-M5

        Olympus OM-D E-M5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $799 body only

        $899 with 14-42mm lens

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Weather sealed Weather sealed
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Size Larger

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