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Advantages of the Canon S90

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Aperture
Significantly wider aperture
f/2 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the S90's lens captures much more light (1.4 f-stops)
Size
Significantly smaller
100×58×31 mm vs 103×60×33 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S90's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.13x4.6mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Weight
Lighter
198 g vs 218 g
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Around 10% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.3"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Leica V-LUX 20

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Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Zoom
Slightly more zoom
12x vs 3.8x
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More than 10x more zoom
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
2.3 fps vs 0.9 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Size Very small Help
              S90100×58×31 mm
              V-LUX 20103×60×33 mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S903,200 ISO
              V-LUX 201,600 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              S900.9 fps
              V-LUX 202.3 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S90461k dots
              V-LUX 20460k dots

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              Canon PowerShot S90
              PowerShot S90
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              Leica V-LUX 20
              V-LUX 20
              Leica

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