Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

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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
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Screen size
Large screen
3.5"
Size
Really small
Super compact 99x55x20 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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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
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.0 vs f/2.5
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At its widest zoom, the S100's lens captures slightly more light (0.6 f-stops)
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
True resolution Higher true resolution 12 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 9.6 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Sensor size Larger sensor 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm vs 1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The S100's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.5" vs 3.0"
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Around 20% larger screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size Smaller 99x55x20 mm vs 99x60x28 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Weight Lighter 142 g vs 198 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness Thinner 0.8" vs 1.1"
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Around 30% thinner
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Aperture Wide aperture Help
        S100:f/2.0
        DMC-FX78:f/2.5
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Lens
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Pro digicam

        $338 - $348

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

        Pro digicam

        $500

        Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
        Battery life Has a much longer battery life
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $210 - $249

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Canon PowerShot S120

        Canon PowerShot S120

        Pro digicam

        $442 - $450

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $479 - $498

        Overall image quality Much better image quality
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Canon PowerShot S95

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Pro digicam

        $330

        Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
        Sensor size Slightly larger sensor
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Canon PowerShot S200

        Canon PowerShot S200

        Pro digicam

        $232 - $290

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Slightly smaller
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $215 - $300

        Zoom More zoom
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Size Significantly larger
        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $329

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

        Panasonic Lumix ZS20

        Travel zoom

        $229 - $399

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

        Panasonic Lumix ZS15

        Travel zoom

        Zoom More zoom
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Size Significantly larger
        Olympus FE-5020

        Olympus FE-5020

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        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Weight Slightly lighter
        Wide angle Much worse wide angle
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

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