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

Canon Powershot S100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

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Canon Powershot S100

63

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

57

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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.5"
Size
Really small
Super compact (99×56×20 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons

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differences

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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2 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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
9.6 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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 4 f-stops better
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
461k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
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
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm vs 1/2.3" 6.13x4.6mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The S100's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1300s
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Around 40% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Screen size
Much larger screen
3.5" vs 3"
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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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Smaller
99×56×20 mm vs 99×60×28 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 1.1"
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Around 30% thinner
Weight
Lighter
142 g vs 198 g
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Around 30% lighter
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$299.99 vs $319.00
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The best price we've seen is $19 cheaper (around 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              S100f/2
              DMC-FX78f/2.5
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              S1001080p @ 24fps
              DMC-FX781080p @ 30fps
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              S1003"
              DMC-FX783.5"
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              S1003.0 cm
              DMC-FX785.0 cm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $264

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              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

              $448

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $470

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $233

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $398

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Much larger
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Sony CyberShot DSC-W800

              Ultra compact

              $78 - $90

              Size Smaller
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix FX80

              Panasonic Lumix FX80

              Compact

              $302

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

              Compact

              $184

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $140 - $209

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Size Much larger
              Placeholder

              Toshiba PDR-M21

              Digicam

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Sensor size Slightly larger sensor
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Screen size Much smaller screen

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