Updated (April, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Size
Really small
Compact 99x60x28 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
250 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

Zoom
Great zoom
20x
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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Advantages of the Canon S100

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Aperture Significantly wider aperture f/2.0 vs f/3.2
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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
Size Significantly smaller 99x60x28 mm vs 107x62x35 mm
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Around 30% smaller
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
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
Wide angle Slightly better wide angle 24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
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
Weight Lighter 198 g vs 254 g
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More than 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 1.1" vs 1.4"
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20% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX30V

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Zoom Significantly more zoom 20x vs 5x
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16x more zoom
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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-HX30V's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 3 cm
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Focus on subjects 3x closer to the lens
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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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
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
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        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

        $448 - $528

        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $292 - $300

        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199 - $320

        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $228 - $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

        $330 - $453

        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

        $330

        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

        $320

        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

        $308 - $398

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

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $298 - $736

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
        Samsung Galaxy Camera

        Samsung Galaxy Camera

        Travel zoom

        $70 - $359

        Screen size Much larger screen
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Weight Heavier
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

        Travel zoom

        $330

        Nikon Coolpix S9500

        Nikon Coolpix S9500

        Travel zoom

        $221

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Focus points Many more focus points
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

        Super zoom

        $458 - $994

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

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