Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
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-ZS10

Zoom
Great zoom
16x
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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Advantages of the Canon S100

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Aperture Much wider aperture f/2.0 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the S100's lens captures much more light (1.4 f-stops)
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size Smaller 99x60x28 mm vs 105x58x33 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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
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
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
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 198 g vs 219 g
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Around 10% lighter
High-speed framerate Higher speed movies 240 fps vs 220 fps
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Around 10% higher fps
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $255.00 vs $299.99
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The best price we've seen is $45 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS10

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Zoom More zoom 16x vs 5x
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More than 10x more zoom
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 200 ms vs 250 ms
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20% less delay when taking photos
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              High-speed framerate Very high speed movies Help
              S100:240 fps
              DMC-ZS10:220 fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $330 - $449

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $308 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $220

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $203

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $249

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $580

              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

              $445

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $320

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $699 - $700

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $340 - $798

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Zoom More zoom
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $195 - $209

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Zoom More zoom
              Touch screen No touch screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Travel zoom

              $250 - $280

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $685

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

              Panasonic Lumix ZS15

              Travel zoom

              $436

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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