Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot S110 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Canon Powershot S100 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Winner
Canon Powershot S100

65

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Really small
Size
Compact 99x60x28 mm
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 Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Zoom
Great zoom
16x
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

differences

Advantages of the Canon S100

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2.0 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the S100's lens captures much more light (1.4 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
Size
Smaller
99x60x28 mm vs 105x59x34 mm
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More than 20% smaller
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
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 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
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
Weight
Lighter
198 g vs 245 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX9v

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Zoom
More zoom
16x vs 5x
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More than 10x more zoom
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
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
300 shots vs 200 shots
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50% more shots per battery charge
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
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              S100:9.6 fps
              DSC-HX9v:10 fps
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179

              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

              $498 - $798

              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
              Fujifilm XF1

              Fujifilm XF1

              Pro digicam

              $152

              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $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

              $289

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $368

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $320

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $398

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Much larger
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $297 - $448

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $330

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $210

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Nikon Coolpix S9200

              Travel zoom

              $240

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Zoom More zoom
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $259

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS

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              Roger (2:39 AM, February 12, 2012)
              From the descriptions, the S100 is better for my purposes as a Realtor.  I prefer the widest angle possible and the greatest clarity of pictures.  And often have to take pictures in poor light.  NOW, I would love one of this class of camera to accommodate an external flash.  But then, for the real marketing applications, i can always hire a professional
               
              Klashn (0:37 AM, January 24, 2012)
              With the S95, there was a Stitch/Panorama mode, but I never could figure out how to do it on the camera, I ended up running it through some stitching software on my PC
               
              Sophomore (10:47 PM, December 30, 2011)
              Can't many Canons allow you to stitch together pictures, (creating a panorama?)