Updated (January, 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot S95 vs Olympus XZ-1

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S90

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
2100 ms startup delay
 

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
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon S90

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Overall image quality Significantly 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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11 EV vs 10.4 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 20.2 bits vs 18.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
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
Size Slightly smaller 100x58x30 mm vs 110x64x42 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
Sensor size Larger sensor 1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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Around 20% larger sensor
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Movie format Higher resolution movies 720p @ 30fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video
Aperture Wider aperture f/1.8 vs f/2.0
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At its widest zoom, the XZ-1's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 614k dots vs 461k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 0.9 fps
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Around 8x faster continuous shooting
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 1 f-stop better
Battery life Longer battery life 320 shots vs 220 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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        Compared to recent digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Aperture Very wide aperture Help
        S90:f/2.0
        XZ-1:f/1.8
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        S90:1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
        XZ-1:1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
        Supports RAW RAW support Help
        Better editing
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        S90:11 EV
        XZ-1:10.4 EV
        Color depth Poor color depth Help
        S90:20.2 bits
        XZ-1:18.8 bits
        Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
        S90:185 ISO
        XZ-1:117 ISO
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        S90:46.0
        XZ-1:34.0
        Movie format Poor movies Help
        S90:480p @ 30fps
        XZ-1:720p @ 30fps
        High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
        Not supported
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        28 mm
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        S90:3.8x
        XZ-1:4x

        Compared to recent pro digicams

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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

        Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
        Can only preview photos on the screen
        Waterproof Not waterproof Help
        Stay on land
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        S90:12,800 ISO
        XZ-1:None
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        10 MP
        GPS No built-in GPS Help
        Missing geo-tagging
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons
        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        S90:3,200 ISO
        XZ-1:6,400 ISO
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        S90:0.9 fps
        XZ-1:7 fps
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        S90:461k dots
        XZ-1:614k dots

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        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $235 - $359

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

        Canon Powershot S100

        Pro digicam

        $280 - $400

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Canon PowerShot S120

        Canon PowerShot S120

        Pro digicam

        $449 - $450

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Canon PowerShot S95

        Canon PowerShot S95

        Pro digicam

        $348

        Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Pro digicam

        $398

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $548 - $550

        Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
        Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

        Pro digicam

        $355

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

        Canon PowerShot S90 Competitors

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        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

        Pro digicam

        $284

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Sensor size Larger sensor
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO
        Nikon Coolpix P300

        Nikon Coolpix P300

        Pro digicam

        $278

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Supports RAW No RAW support
        Sensor size Significantly smaller sensor

        Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Olympus XZ-2 iHS

        Olympus XZ-2 iHS

        Pro digicam

        $406

        Overall image quality Much better image quality
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
        Sensor size Smaller sensor
        Olympus Stylus XZ-10

        Olympus Stylus XZ-10

        Pro digicam

        $256 - $399

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Sensor size Significantly smaller sensor
        Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

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