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

Canon Powershot S100

Winner
Canon Powershot S100

67

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

51

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.0
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
250 ms shutter lag
 

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
 

differences

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
Help
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
Help
Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
Help
The S100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm vs 1/2.5" 6.1x4.6mm
Help
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
Size
Slightly smaller
99x60x28 mm vs 105x59x28 mm
Help
Almost the same
High-speed framerate
Higher speed movies
240 fps vs 220 fps
Help
Around 10% higher fps
Weight
Slightly lighter
198 g vs 206 g
Help
Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$243.99 vs $299.99
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The best price we've seen is $56 cheaper (around 20% 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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
Help
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 Very high speed movies Help
              S100:240 fps
              ZS20:220 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
              Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

              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

              $498

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $350

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $404

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $348

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Nikon Coolpix L830

              Super zoom

              $195 - $246

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $249

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $593

              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

              $70

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $270 - $360

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $240 - $249

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Significantly larger
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $188 - $240

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              Touch screen No touch screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $404

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lowest price Cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen

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