Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
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-LX3

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Size
Really small
Compact 109x60x27 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Battery life
Great battery life
380 shots
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon S100

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Overall image quality Much better image quality 50.0 vs 39.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 250 ms vs 770 ms
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3.1x less delay when taking photos
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.6 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
Color depth Better color depth 20.7 bits vs 19.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 153 ISO vs 94 ISO
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The S100 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The S100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 9.6 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 4x faster continuous shooting
Weight Significantly lighter 198 g vs 265 g
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Around 30% lighter
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 109x60x27 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Zoom Slightly more zoom 5x vs 2.5x
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4x more zoom
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX3

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Sensor size Larger sensor 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
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More than 20% larger sensor
Battery life Much longer battery life 380 shots vs 200 shots
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90% more shots per battery charge
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 2300 ms vs 2400 ms
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Almost the same
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.1" vs 1.1"
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              f/2.0
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              S100:1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
              DMC-LX3:1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              S100:2400 ms
              DMC-LX3:2300 ms
              Weight Heavy Help
              S100:198 g
              DMC-LX3:265 g
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S100:153 ISO
              DMC-LX3:94 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S100:20.7 bits
              DMC-LX3:19.6 bits
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S100:50.0
              DMC-LX3:39.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S100:5x
              DMC-LX3:2.5x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Very small Help
              S100:99x60x28 mm
              DMC-LX3:109x60x27 mm
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              Thickness Very thin Help
              1.1"
              Weight Light weight Help
              S100:198 g
              DMC-LX3:265 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S100:$280.00
              DMC-LX3:$283.69
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              S100:12,800 ISO
              DMC-LX3:6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S100:461k dots
              DMC-LX3:460k dots
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S100:6,400 ISO
              DMC-LX3:3,200 ISO

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $359

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548 - $550

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $355

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $400 - $499

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $340

              Sensor size Slightly larger sensor
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $200

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $698 - $730

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Size Significantly larger

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Leica D-LUX 4

              Leica D-LUX 4

              Pro digicam

              $1,197

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

              Pro digicam

              $700

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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