Updated (January 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot S90 vs Olympus XZ-1

Canon PowerShot S90 vs Olympus XZ-1

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Canon PowerShot S90

42

Olympus XZ-1

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S90

In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-1

Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Battery life
Great battery life
320 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm

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Advantages of the Canon S90

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Overall image quality
Better image quality
46.0 vs 34.0
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Around 40% better image quality
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
185 ISO vs 117 ISO
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The S90 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11 EV vs 10.4 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Color depth
Better color depth
20.2 bits vs 18.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Size
Slightly smaller
100×58×31 mm vs 111×65×42 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Weight
Lighter
198 g vs 275 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.7"
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Around 30% thinner
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Advantages of the Olympus XZ-1

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Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 0.9 fps
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Around 8x faster continuous shooting
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2
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At its widest zoom, the XZ-1's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
320 shots vs 220 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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Around 20% larger sensor
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 461k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The XZ-1's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$206.00 vs $299.00
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The best price we've seen is $93 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              S90f/2
              XZ-1f/1.8
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S9011 EV
              XZ-110.4 EV
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S90185 ISO
              XZ-1117 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S9020.2 bits
              XZ-118.8 bits
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S9046.0
              XZ-134.0
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              S90480p @ 30fps
              XZ-1720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S903.8x
              XZ-14x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              S901/1600s
              XZ-11/2000s
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              S9012,800 ISO
              XZ-1None
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S903,200 ISO
              XZ-16,400 ISO
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              S900.9 fps
              XZ-17 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S90461k dots
              XZ-1614k dots
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              S901/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              XZ-11/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm

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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
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $259

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $350

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $483 - $649

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $440

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Fujifilm XF1

              Fujifilm XF1

              Pro digicam

              $168

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot S90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $400

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Pro digicam

              $948

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Size Slightly larger

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot N100

              Canon PowerShot N100

              Pro digicam

              $349

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $192

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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