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
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11 EV vs 10.4 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Image stabilization Better image stabilization Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Color depth Better color depth 20.2 bits vs 18.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
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
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $227.95 vs $545.44
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The best price we've seen is $317 cheaper (2.4x less)
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              S90:f/2.0
              XZ-1:f/1.8
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              S90:1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              XZ-1:1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S90:11 EV
              XZ-1:10.4 EV
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              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
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              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
              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
              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
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S90:3,200 ISO
              XZ-1:6,400 ISO
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S90:461k dots
              XZ-1:614k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $447 - $450

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $327 - $400

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $220 - $249

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $479 - $498

              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
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $335

              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-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $198

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Canon PowerShot S90 Competitors

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              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $207 - $300

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $309 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Overall image quality Significantly 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

              $186 - $200

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sensor size Significantly smaller sensor
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $500

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $348

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $323 - $425

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Screen size Smaller screen

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