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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Size
Really small
Compact 99x60x28 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Screen size
Large screen
3.5"
Size
Really small
Super compact 99x55x20 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 
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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)
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
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
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 12 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 9.6 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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 Much 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 Significantly 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
Lowest price Cheaper $119.00 vs $280.00
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The best price we've seen is $161 cheaper (2.4x less)
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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
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              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $359

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $200

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $165

              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548 - $550

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $348

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Sensor size Slightly larger sensor
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $439 - $499

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

              Ultra compact

              $110 - $170

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $319 - $499

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Compact

              $149

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Smaller
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $184 - $300

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen size Much smaller screen

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