Updated (September 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Sony NEX C3

Canon Powershot S100 vs Sony NEX C3

Winner
Canon Powershot S100

58

Sony NEX C3

46

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
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
250 ms shutter lag
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX C3

Overall image quality
Great image quality
73.0
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1200 ms startup delay
Color depth
Great color depth
22.7 bits
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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differences

Advantages of the Canon S100

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
250 ms vs 430 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
9.6 fps vs 5.5 fps
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More than 70% faster continuous shooting
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Size
Slightly smaller
99×60×28 mm vs 110×60×33 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.1" vs 1.3"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Slightly lighter
198 g vs 225 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony C3

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
73.0 vs 50.0
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Around 50% better image quality
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
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 20.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
1200 ms vs 2400 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.2 EV vs 11.6 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,083 ISO vs 153 ISO
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The C3 has excellent image quality: 2.8 f-stops higher ISO than the S100
Battery life
Longer battery life
400 shots vs 200 shots
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2x more shots per battery charge
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
25 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The C3's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$212.29 vs $358.00
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The best price we've seen is $146 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              S10099×60×28 mm
              C3110×60×33 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Thickness Thin Help
              S1001.1"
              C31.3"
              Weight Light weight Help
              S100198 g
              C3225 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant shared competitors found.

              Canon Powershot S100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $259

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $400

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $341

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              GPS No built-in GPS

              Sony NEX C3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $444 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $274 body only

              $350 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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