Updated (September 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Canon Powershot S100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Canon Powershot S100


Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5



Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
Built-in GPS
Great for travel

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds


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.


Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$447 - $448 body only

$529 - $548 with 16-50mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Pro digicam


Touch screen Has a touch screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
GPS No built-in GPS
Canon PowerShot G9 X

Canon PowerShot G9 X

Pro digicam

$391 - $529

Sensor size Significantly larger sensor
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

Olympus XZ-1

Olympus XZ-1

Pro digicam


Screen type Has an OLED screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH5

Ultra compact


Size Smaller
Thickness Thinner
Screen size Much smaller screen
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Pro digicam


High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Battery life Shorter battery life


Canon Powershot S100
Powershot S100

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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.