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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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 Slightly cheaper $294.00 vs $413.69
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The best price we've seen is $120 cheaper (around 30% 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
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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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              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 S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $230 - $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
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $309 - $344

              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

              $194

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $362 - $398

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay

              Olympus PEN E-PM2 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $470 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
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Olympus PEN E-PM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 with 14-42mm 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

              $258 - $649 with 14-42mm lens

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $590 - $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
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $322 body only

              $311 with 22mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Startup delay Much more startup delay

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