Updated (September 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

Canon Powershot S100 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

Winner
Canon Powershot S100

60

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

48

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Light-weight
Weight
198 g
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

Size
Really small
Compact (102×58×28 mm)
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Thickness
Thin
1.1"

Items often bought with the Canon S100 or Sony DSC-HX7v

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot S100.
Explore our gallery of 11 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V.

differences

Advantages of the Canon S100

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the S100's lens captures much more light (1.6 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
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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The S100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.8" 7.49x5.52mm vs 1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
Weight
Slightly lighter
198 g vs 208 g
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$260.00 vs $300.00
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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-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
Slightly 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
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              S1001080p @ 24fps
              DSC-HX7v1080p @ 60fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              S1009.6 fps
              DSC-HX7v10 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

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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
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $400

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $249 - $297

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $314

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

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $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

              $260

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $312

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Pro digicam

              $898 - $948

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Size Significantly larger
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

              Travel zoom

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Nikon Coolpix S5200

              Digicam

              $95

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Weight Significantly lighter
              Size Much larger
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Larger
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $400

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony Cybershot DSC-W580

              Sony Cybershot W580

              Compact

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Significantly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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