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

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
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
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 12 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
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 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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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
Lowest price Cheaper $159.99 vs $280.00
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The best price we've seen is $120 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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 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
              Weight Heavy Help
              S100:198 g
              DSC-HX7v:208 g

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $359

              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548 - $550

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

              Travel zoom

              $199 - $200

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $698

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $230 - $500

              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200 - $300

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $338

              Zoom Has much more zoom
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $348

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Sensor size Slightly larger sensor
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Much larger
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

              Travel zoom

              $340

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-H70

              Sony Cybershot H70

              Travel zoom

              Weight Lighter
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              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-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $389 - $449

              Zoom Much more zoom
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker

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