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

63

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

41

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Really small
Size
Compact (99×60×28 mm)
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Thin
Thickness
1.1"
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Zoom
Great zoom
16x
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

galleries

Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Canon Powershot S100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v.

differences

Advantages of the Canon S100

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the S100's lens captures much more light (1.4 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
Size
Smaller
99×60×28 mm vs 105×59×34 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
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
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 (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" 7.49x5.52mm vs 1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
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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
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Zoom
More zoom
16x vs 5x
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More than 10x more zoom
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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recommendations

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
              Wide angle Good wide angle Help
              24 mm
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              S1001080p @ 24fps
              DSC-HX9v1080p @ 60fps
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Continuous shooting Fast continuous shooting Help
              S1009.6 fps
              DSC-HX9v10 fps
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              S1003.0 cm
              DSC-HX9v5.0 cm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              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
              Thickness Is thicker
              GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $293 - $298

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $519 - $649

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              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 SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $247

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $260

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $237

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $974

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Size Much larger
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $206

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V

              Travel zoom

              $399

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H90

              Travel zoom

              $495

              Weight Lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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              Showing 3 comments

              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?)