Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Samsung TL500

Canon Powershot S100 vs Samsung TL500

Winner
Canon Powershot S100

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Samsung TL500

43

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Really small
Size
Compact 99x60x28 mm
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung TL500

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid

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Advantages of the Canon S100

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.6 EV vs 11.1 EV
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0.5 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 40.0
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Around 30% better image quality
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
Help
Get that real film feel
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
9.6 fps vs 1.5 fps
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Around 6.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Weight
Much lighter
198 g vs 386 g
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Around 50% lighter
Size
Smaller
99x60x28 mm vs 114x63x29 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Color depth
Better color depth
20.7 bits vs 19.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
250 ms vs 320 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
153 ISO vs 129 ISO
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The S100 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1500s
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More than 20% faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.1" vs 1.1"
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Almost the same
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Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2.0
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At its widest zoom, the TL500's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Battery life
Longer battery life
240 shots vs 200 shots
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20% more shots per battery charge
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              S100f/2.0
              TL500f/1.8
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              S1001/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
              TL5001/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S10011.6 EV
              TL50011.1 EV
              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
              TL500129 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S10020.7 bits
              TL50019.2 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S10050.0
              TL50040.0
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              S100250 ms
              TL500320 ms
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S1005x
              TL5003x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              S10099x60x28 mm
              TL500114x63x29 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              S10015s
              TL50016s
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              S10012,800 ISO
              TL500None
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              S100200 shots
              TL500240 shots
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S1006,400 ISO
              TL5003,200 ISO
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              S1001/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm
              TL5001/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              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

              $370 - $448

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $429

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $200

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $250

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $100

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Samsung TL500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $177 body only

              $273 with 14mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Polaroid Z2300 Instant Digital Camera

              Digicam

              $180

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Much larger
              Samsung EX2F

              Samsung EX2F

              Pro digicam

              $261

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $290

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Samsung TL350

              Samsung TL350

              Compact

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sensor size Smaller sensor

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