Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

Canon Powershot S100

Winner
Canon Powershot S100

66

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

64

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.0
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
250 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Size
Really small
Ultra compact 96x56x18 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon S100

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2.0 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the S100's lens captures much more light (1.6 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
Help
Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Help
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
Help
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
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
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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
250 ms vs 300 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-TX20

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Size
Significantly smaller
96x56x18 mm vs 99x60x28 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
1000 ms vs 2400 ms
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2.4x less delay when turning on
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
250 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Thickness
Significantly thinner
0.7" vs 1.1"
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Around 40% thinner
Weight
Significantly lighter
133 g vs 198 g
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More than 30% lighter
Waterproof
Waterproof
Yes vs No
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Great for vacations and holidays at the beach, or around the pool
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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
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S100:5x
              DSC-TX20:4x

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

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

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $170 - $240

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $326 - $399

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

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $270

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              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
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $699

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

              Waterproof

              $198 - $212

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX10

              Sony Cybershot TX10

              Waterproof

              $245

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter max exposures
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

              Waterproof

              $250

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Nikon Coolpix AW120

              Waterproof

              $189 - $347

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cybershot DSC-TX100V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX100v

              Compact

              $80

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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