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

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Reasons to buy the Canon Powershot S100

Size
Really small
Compact 99x60x28 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Zoom
Great zoom
16x
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
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/3.3
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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
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
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
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
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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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        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        GPS Built-in GPS Help
        Great for travel
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        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

        Canon PowerShot S120

        Canon PowerShot S120

        Pro digicam

        $330 - $449

        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 - $580

        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
        Canon PowerShot S95

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Pro digicam

        $330

        GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $368

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Sony Alpha A5000

        Sony Alpha A5000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $398 - $410 with 16-50mm lens

        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        GPS Doesn't have a built-in GPS

        Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $249

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Canon PowerShot S200

        Canon PowerShot S200

        Pro digicam

        $320

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

        Canon PowerShot G7 X

        Pro digicam

        $699 - $700

        Overall image quality Much better image quality
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Size Significantly larger
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Pro digicam

        $308 - $398

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

        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V

        Travel zoom

        $350

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
        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
        Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX7v

        Travel zoom

        $275

        Size Smaller
        Thickness Thinner
        Zoom Less zoom
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

        Travel zoom

        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Zoom More zoom
        Size Larger
        Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle

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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?)