Updated (September 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Olympus XZ-1

Canon Powershot S100 vs Olympus XZ-1

Winner
Canon Powershot S100

48

Olympus XZ-1

40

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
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
9.6 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-1

Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Battery life
Great battery life
320 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm

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Advantages of the Canon S100

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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
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
50.0 vs 34.0
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Around 50% better image quality
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.6 EV vs 10.4 EV
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2.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Color depth
Better color depth
20.7 bits vs 18.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.9 more bits of color
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
153 ISO vs 117 ISO
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The S100 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
9.6 fps vs 7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
99×60×28 mm vs 111×65×42 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.7"
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More than 30% thinner
Weight
Lighter
198 g vs 275 g
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Around 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Olympus XZ-1

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Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
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More than 20% larger sensor
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
320 shots vs 200 shots
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60% more shots per battery charge
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2
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At its widest zoom, the XZ-1's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 461k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$206.00 vs $260.00
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The best price we've seen is $54 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              S100f/2
              XZ-1f/1.8
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S100153 ISO
              XZ-1117 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S10020.7 bits
              XZ-118.8 bits
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S10011.6 EV
              XZ-110.4 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S10050.0
              XZ-134.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S1005x
              XZ-14x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S100$260.00
              XZ-1$206.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/2000 of a second
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              S10012,800 ISO
              XZ-1None
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              S10012 MP
              XZ-110 MP
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S100461k dots
              XZ-1614k dots
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              S1001/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
              XZ-11/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $259

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Aperture Has a much narrower aperture

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $400

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $344

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $249 - $297

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot N100

              Canon PowerShot N100

              Pro digicam

              $349

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $192

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Samsung TL500

              Samsung TL500

              Pro digicam

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower

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