Updated (September 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

Canon Powershot S100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

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Canon Powershot S100

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

31

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
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
250 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot S100.
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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
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
50.0 vs 27.0
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Around 90% better image quality
Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the S100's lens captures slightly more light (1 f-stops)
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size
Significantly smaller
99×60×28 mm vs 118×75×89 mm
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4.7x smaller
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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 2.5 fps
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Around 4x faster continuous shooting
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.6 EV vs 10.1 EV
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3 f-stops more dynamic range
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 27 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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 4 f-stops better
Color depth
Better color depth
20.7 bits vs 17.9 bits
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Distinguishes 2.8 more bits of color
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.1" vs 3.5"
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3.2x thinner
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Weight
Lighter
198 g vs 417 g
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2.1x lighter
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
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
153 ISO vs 79 ISO
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The S100 has a slight edge (1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
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
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ28

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Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
18x vs 5x
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Around 13x more zoom
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S100153 ISO
              DMC-FZ2879 ISO
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S10020.7 bits
              DMC-FZ2817.9 bits
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S10011.6 EV
              DMC-FZ2810.1 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S10050.0
              DMC-FZ2827.0

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $260

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $312

              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $400

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $362 - $398

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

              Super zoom

              $600

              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Olympus SZ-30MR

              Olympus SZ-30MR

              Travel zoom

              $310

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Nikon Coolpix L330

              Super zoom

              $140

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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