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

Canon Powershot S100 vs Samsung TL500

Winner
Canon Powershot S100

51

Samsung TL500

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Really small
Size
Compact (99×60×28 mm)
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
11.6 EV
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung TL500

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm

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differences

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
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
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Get that real film feel
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.6 EV vs 11.1 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly 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
99×60×28 mm vs 114×63×29 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
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
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 (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
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
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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
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 3.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2
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At its widest zoom, the TL500's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Battery life
Longer battery life
240 shots vs 200 shots
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20% more shots per battery charge
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              S100f/2
              TL500f/1.8
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S10011.6 EV
              TL50011.1 EV
              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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S1005x
              TL5003x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              S10099×60×28 mm
              TL500114×63×29 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              S10015s
              TL50016s
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              S1001/2000s
              TL5001/1500s
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              S10012,800 ISO
              TL500None
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              S100200 shots
              TL500240 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S1006,400 ISO
              TL5003,200 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              S1001/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
              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
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Thickness Is thicker
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Wide angle Has a much narrower wide angle lens
              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 G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $421 - $476

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $983

              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              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 significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $264

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $470

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $233

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $398

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Much larger
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Samsung TL500 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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

              $445

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $333

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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