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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
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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
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $235 - $250

        Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199 - $200

        Zoom Has much more zoom
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon PowerShot G16

        Canon PowerShot G16

        Pro digicam

        $499

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50

        Sony Cyber-shot WX50

        Ultra compact

        $159

        Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
        3D Captures 3D images
        Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Compact

        $175

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen

        Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $548

        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 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
        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
        Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

        Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

        Pro digicam

        $698

        Overall image quality Much better image quality
        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
        Size Significantly larger

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70

        Ultra compact

        $130 - $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 DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $174 - $300

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $319 - $399

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        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 FZ70

        Panasonic Lumix FZ70

        Super zoom

        $398

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker

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