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

Canon Powershot S100 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

Winner
Canon Powershot S100

63

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Wide angle lens
Wide angle
24 mm
Really small
Size
Compact (99×60×28 mm)
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

Zoom
Great zoom
20x
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot S100.

differences

Advantages of the Canon S100

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2 vs f/3.2
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At its widest zoom, the S100's lens captures much more light (1.4 f-stops)
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 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size
Significantly smaller
99×60×28 mm vs 107×62×35 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 25 mm
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Almost the same
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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$329.99 vs $1,027.49
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The best price we've seen is $698 cheaper (3.1x less)
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
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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
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX30V

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Zoom
Significantly more zoom
20x vs 5x
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16x more zoom
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Battery life
Much longer battery life
320 shots vs 200 shots
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60% more shots per battery charge
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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 2 f-stops better
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
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
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              S1001080p @ 24fps
              DSC-HX30V1080p @ 60fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              S1009.6 fps
              DSC-HX30V10 fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $598

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $261

              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

              $399

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

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $236

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $985

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Much larger
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $293 - $298

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $420

              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Samsung Galaxy Camera

              Travel zoom

              $80 - $399

              Screen size Much larger screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $247

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $362

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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