Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Olympus XZ-1

Canon Powershot S100 vs Olympus XZ-1

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Canon Powershot S100

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Olympus XZ-1

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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 cm

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Advantages of the Canon S100

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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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1.2 f-stops more 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
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
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
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Color depth
Better color depth
20.7 bits vs 18.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.9 more bits of color
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
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
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
Size
Smaller
99x60x28 mm vs 110x64x42 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
9.6 fps vs 7 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
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
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
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More than 20% larger sensor
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2.0
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At its widest zoom, the XZ-1's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
320 shots vs 200 shots
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60% more shots per battery charge
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 461k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              S100f/2.0
              XZ-1f/1.8
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              S1001/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
              XZ-11/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              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
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S10011.6 EV
              XZ-110.4 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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$212.00
              XZ-1$199.99
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              S10012,800 ISO
              XZ-1None
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S100461k dots
              XZ-1614k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399 - $449

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $445

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Fujifilm XF1

              Fujifilm XF1

              Pro digicam

              $186

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
              Nikon Coolpix P330

              Nikon Coolpix P330

              Pro digicam

              $310

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              3D Captures 3D images
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $209 - $235

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $257

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Sensor size Slightly larger sensor
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $325

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              GPS No built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $346

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $166

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sensor size Significantly smaller sensor
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $305

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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