Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Canon Powershot S100 vs Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Winner
Canon Powershot S100

63

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

49

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2
Really small
Size
Compact (99×60×28 mm)
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Zoom
Great zoom
20x
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot S100.
Explore our gallery of 32 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20.

differences

Advantages of the Canon S100

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2 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
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
Help
Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 9.6 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The S100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm vs 1/2.5" 6.08x4.56mm
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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
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 220 fps
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Around 10% higher fps
Size
Slightly smaller
99×60×28 mm vs 105×59×28 mm
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Almost the same
Weight
Slightly lighter
198 g vs 206 g
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$319.00 vs $361.67
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The best price we've seen is $43 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic ZS20

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Zoom
Significantly more zoom
20x vs 5x
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16x 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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Battery life
Longer battery life
260 shots vs 200 shots
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30% more shots per battery charge
Focus points
More focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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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
              High-speed framerate Extremely high speed movies Help
              S100240 fps
              ZS20220 fps
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              S1001080p @ 24fps
              ZS201080p @ 60fps
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              S1009.6 fps
              ZS2010 fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              S100$319.00
              ZS20$361.67
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $448

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $470

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $282

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $280

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $250

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $244

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $251

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $407

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $209

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Touch screen No touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $389

              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Zoom Less zoom

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