Updated (September 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Canon Powershot S100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Winner
Canon Powershot S100

52

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

45

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
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
9.6 fps
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
2300 ms startup delay
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot S100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5.

differences

Advantages of the Canon S100

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.6 EV vs 10.8 EV
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1.6 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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
50.0 vs 41.0
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More than 20% better image quality
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
250 ms vs 310 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Color depth
Better color depth
20.7 bits vs 19.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
9.6 fps vs 6 fps
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60% faster continuous shooting
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
Size
Smaller
99×60×28 mm vs 110×66×43 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
153 ISO vs 132 ISO
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The S100 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.7"
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More than 30% thinner
Weight
Lighter
198 g vs 277 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$329.99 vs $588.95
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The best price we've seen is $259 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
400 shots vs 200 shots
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2x 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
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Focus points
More focus points
23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Startup delay
Less startup delay
2300 ms vs 2400 ms
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              f/2
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              S1002400 ms
              DMC-LX52300 ms
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S100153 ISO
              DMC-LX5132 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S10020.7 bits
              DMC-LX519.6 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S10011.6 EV
              DMC-LX510.8 EV
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S10050.0
              DMC-LX541.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S1005x
              DMC-LX53.8x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S1006,400 ISO
              DMC-LX53,200 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S100461k dots
              DMC-LX5460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $264

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $498

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $975

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $399

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

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $237

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $439

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $333

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Slightly smaller
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $369

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life

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              Canon Powershot S100 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              discussion

              Canon Powershot S100
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              Showing 4 comments

              Avatar for Tirah Misu Tirah Misu (8:38 AM, June 21, 2012)
              i think even though S100 is more popular as it's a Canon and has those "advantages" listed here, the LX5 still ultimately has better IQ in terms of detail, sharpness, macro
               
              Writemsg (10:00 AM, April 09, 2012)
              Great site, You still need to add subjective comparison (and reference review) as life is not all about specs. Image quality is a major "numberless" spec.....
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:33 PM, March 07, 2012)
              My mistake, it looks like commenting is working fine.  You're the first to comment on this comparison, congrats.
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:28 PM, March 07, 2012)
              Hi Daniel, we're placing voting with a new feature in the next few days.  Hmm, comments seem to be broken, thanks for pointing that out, we'll get that fixed asap.