Updated (June 2013): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs Canon Powershot S100

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

81

Canon Powershot S100

48

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Large sensor
Sensor size
1" 13.2x8.8mm
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Great color depth
Color depth
22.6 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.4 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

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

Items often bought with the Sony DSC-RX100 or Canon S100

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

Advantages of the Canon S100

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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
Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size
Smaller
99×60×28 mm vs 102×58×36 mm
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More than 20% smaller
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.1" vs 1.4"
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More than 20% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
198 g vs 213 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$349.99 vs $389.99
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The best price we've seen is $40 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

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Sensor size
Much larger sensor
1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm
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Around 3x larger sensor
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
390 ISO vs 153 ISO
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The DSC-RX100 has excellent image quality: 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the S100
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
66.0 vs 50.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.4 EV vs 11.6 EV
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1 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 461k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
Color depth
Better color depth
22.6 bits vs 20.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.9 more bits of color
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
20 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Battery life
Much longer battery life
330 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
25 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-RX100's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The DSC-RX100's boost ISO is 2 f-stops 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
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              S100f/2
              DSC-RX100f/1.8
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              S1001080p @ 24fps
              DSC-RX1001080p @ 60fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              S1009.6 fps
              DSC-RX10010 fps
              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
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S1005x
              DSC-RX1003.6x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              S10099×60×28 mm
              DSC-RX100102×58×36 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              S100198 g
              DSC-RX100213 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/2000 of a second
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $483 - $649

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Travel zoom

              $328 - $394

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              3D Captures 3D images
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $340

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $400

              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX610 HS

              Travel zoom

              $229

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $598

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Size Larger

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              Avatar for Mehdi Rahimi Mehdi Rahimi (0:21 PM, June 04, 2013)
              I have found a cheaper price here : http://j.gs/2082006/sony-rx100
              and I bought this camera, I love it although I wish it had a better zooming power ;)