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

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Size
Really small
Compact 99x60x28 mm
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
11.6 EV
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Size
Really small
Compact 109x60x27 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Battery life
Great battery life
380 shots
Thickness
Thin
1.1"
 
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Advantages of the Canon S100

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Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.6 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Significantly 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
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
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
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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 9.6 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 4x faster continuous shooting
True resolution Higher true resolution 12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
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
Weight Significantly lighter 198 g vs 265 g
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Around 30% lighter
Size Slightly smaller 99x60x28 mm vs 109x60x27 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 1 f-stop 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" 7.5x5.5mm
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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 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
Lowest price Cheaper $225.00 vs $305.00
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The best price we've seen is $80 cheaper (around 30% less)
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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S100:11.6 EV
              DMC-LX3:10.8 EV
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S100:153 ISO
              DMC-LX3:94 ISO
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              S100:2400 ms
              DMC-LX3:2300 ms
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S100:20.7 bits
              DMC-LX3:19.6 bits
              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:$305.00
              DMC-LX3:$225.00
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              S100:12 MP
              DMC-LX3:10 MP

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $230 - $249

              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
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $451

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              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

              $331 - $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

              $599

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $309 - $335

              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $323 - $591

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

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              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $232

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Size Much larger
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Leica D-LUX 3

              Leica D-Lux 3

              Pro digicam

              $1,289

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Leica D-LUX 4

              Leica D-LUX 4

              Pro digicam

              $799

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

              Pro digicam

              $680

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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