Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

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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-HX7v

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 101x58x27 mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
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/3.5
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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
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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 9.8 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
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Weight Slightly lighter 198 g vs 208 g
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX7v

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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
Zoom More zoom 10x vs 5x
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4x more zoom
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
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        GPS Built-in GPS Help
        Great for travel
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Lens
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light

        Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $448 - $499

        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
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Pro digicam

        $345 - $398

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $315 - $368

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Battery life Has a much longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Fujifilm Finepix X10

        Fujifilm Finepix X10

        Pro digicam

        $323 - $425

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier

        Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $220 - $299

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

        Canon PowerShot S120

        Pro digicam

        $449 - $451

        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

        $327

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

        Canon PowerShot S200

        Pro digicam

        $232

        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Slightly smaller
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $279

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Aperture Much narrower aperture
        Supports 24p No 24p support

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-H70

        Sony Cybershot H70

        Travel zoom

        Weight Slightly lighter
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

        Travel zoom

        $600

        Zoom More zoom
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $328

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Zoom More zoom
        Size Larger
        Thickness Thicker
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5v

        Travel zoom

        Weight Slightly lighter
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX300

        Travel zoom

        $225 - $328

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Size Smaller
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        GPS No built-in GPS

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