Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

Canon Powershot S100

Winner
Canon Powershot S100

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.0
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon S100

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Overall image quality
Much better image quality
50.0 vs 27.0
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Around 90% better image quality
Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2.0 vs f/2.8
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At its widest zoom, the S100's lens captures slightly more light (1 f-stop)
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Size
Significantly smaller
99x60x28 mm vs 118x75x89 mm
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4.7x smaller
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.6 EV vs 10.1 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 27 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
9.6 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 4x faster continuous shooting
Color depth
Better color depth
20.7 bits vs 17.9 bits
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Distinguishes 2.8 more bits of color
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.1" vs 3.5"
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3.2x thinner
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
Weight
Significantly lighter
198 g vs 417 g
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2.1x lighter
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-stop) 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 1 f-stop better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$243.99 vs $400.00
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The best price we've seen is $156 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ28

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Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 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
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
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S100:153 ISO
              DMC-FZ28:79 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S100:20.7 bits
              DMC-FZ28:17.9 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S100:11.6 EV
              DMC-FZ28:10.1 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S100:50.0
              DMC-FZ28:27.0

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $199

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $593

              Startup delay 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
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $544

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $350 - $598

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

              Pro digicam

              $548

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18

              Super zoom

              $600

              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

              Super zoom

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Size Slightly larger

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