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

Canon Powershot S100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

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Canon Powershot S100

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

43

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Really small
Size
Compact (99×60×28 mm)
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
11.6 EV
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Battery life
Great battery life
380 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Thickness
Thin
1.1"
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot S100.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon S100

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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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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
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 39.0
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Around 30% better image quality
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
9.6 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 4x faster continuous shooting
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
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Color depth
Better color depth
20.7 bits vs 19.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Weight
Significantly lighter
198 g vs 265 g
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Around 30% lighter
Size
Slightly smaller
99×60×28 mm vs 109×60×27 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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-LX3

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
380 shots vs 200 shots
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90% more shots per battery charge
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
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More than 20% larger sensor
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
1.0 cm vs 3.0 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
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              f/2
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              S100$325.00
              DMC-LX3$332.59
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S10011.6 EV
              DMC-LX310.8 EV
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S100153 ISO
              DMC-LX394 ISO
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              S1002400 ms
              DMC-LX32300 ms
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S10020.7 bits
              DMC-LX319.6 bits
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              S100250 ms
              DMC-LX3770 ms
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S10050.0
              DMC-LX339.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S1005x
              DMC-LX32.5x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Size Very small Help
              S10099×60×28 mm
              DMC-LX3109×60×27 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.1"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S100$325.00
              DMC-LX3$332.59
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/2000 of a second
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              S10012,800 ISO
              DMC-LX36,400 ISO
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S1006,400 ISO
              DMC-LX33,200 ISO
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S100461k dots
              DMC-LX3460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $250

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Thickness Is thicker
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $470

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              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
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $252

              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 S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $236

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $283

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Aperture Much narrower aperture

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Size Much larger
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $724 - $798

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Size Much larger
              Leica D-LUX 3

              Leica D-Lux 3

              Pro digicam

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

              Pro digicam

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

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