Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Size
Really small
Compact 99x60x28 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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Advantages of the Canon S100

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Aperture Much wider aperture f/2.0 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the S100's lens captures much more light (1.4 f-stops)
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
Size Smaller 99x60x28 mm vs 105x60x34 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
True resolution Higher true resolution 12 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Sensor size Larger sensor 1/1.8" 7.5x5.5mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 198 g vs 234 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX10V

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Zoom More zoom 16x vs 5x
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More than 10x more zoom
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 320 shots vs 200 shots
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60% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DSC-HX10V's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        GPS Built-in GPS Help
        Great for travel
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Focus points Few focus points Help
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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $498

        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $368

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $237 - $300

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $230 - $249

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Canon PowerShot S120

        Canon PowerShot S120

        Pro digicam

        $447 - $449

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Canon PowerShot S95

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Pro digicam

        $309 - $344

        Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Canon PowerShot S200

        Canon PowerShot S200

        Pro digicam

        $194

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Slightly smaller
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Pro digicam

        $332 - $370

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

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $299

        Zoom More zoom
        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Size Larger
        Weight Heavier
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Travel zoom

        $400

        Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

        Travel zoom

        Size Smaller
        Thickness Thinner
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Super zoom

        $448 - $458

        Zoom Much more zoom
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $197 - $227

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker

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