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

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
310 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
400 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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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
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.6 EV vs 10.8 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
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
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
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
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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 250 ms vs 310 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Size Smaller 99x60x28 mm vs 109x65x42 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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 9.6 fps vs 6 fps
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60% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price Much cheaper $199.99 vs $599.00
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The best price we've seen is $399 cheaper (3x less)
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
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX5

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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 400 shots vs 200 shots
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2x more shots per battery charge
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Focus points More focus points 23 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 2300 ms vs 2400 ms
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Almost the same
Longest exposure 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 Common Weaknesses
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              f/2.0
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S100:153 ISO
              DMC-LX5:132 ISO
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              S100:2400 ms
              DMC-LX5:2300 ms
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S100:20.7 bits
              DMC-LX5:19.6 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S100:50.0
              DMC-LX5:41.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S100:5x
              DMC-LX5:3.8x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              S100:250 ms
              DMC-LX5:310 ms
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S100:461k dots
              DMC-LX5:460k dots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S100:6,400 ISO
              DMC-LX5:3,200 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              S100:12 MP
              DMC-LX5:10 MP
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S100:11.6 EV
              DMC-LX5:10.8 EV

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $228 - $249

              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $348 - $370

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $447 - $449

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly 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 slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $320

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $500

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $509

              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

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $356 - $428

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Sensor size Slightly larger sensor
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $275 - $300

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $350

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Aperture Much narrower aperture

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $329

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Smaller
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $599 - $999

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Leica D-LUX 5

              Leica D-LUX 5

              Pro digicam

              $975

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive

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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.