Updated (August, 2010): Compare the Canon PowerShot S95 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Canon PowerShot S90 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S90

In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Light-weight
Weight
198 g
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Really small
Size
Compact (100×58×31 mm)
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Size
Really small
Compact (109×60×27 mm)
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Battery life
Great battery life
380 shots

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Advantages of the Canon S90

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Overall image quality
Better image quality
46.0 vs 39.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
185 ISO vs 94 ISO
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The S90 has a slight edge (1 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 10.8 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight
Significantly lighter
198 g vs 265 g
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Around 30% lighter
Color depth
Better color depth
20.2 bits vs 19.6 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The S90's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
2100 ms vs 2300 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX3

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Wide angle
Much better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
720p @ 24fps vs 480p @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution HD (720p) video but at a lower frame rate
Battery life
Much longer battery life
380 shots vs 220 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
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
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
2.5 fps vs 0.9 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Thickness
Thinner
1.1" vs 1.2"
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More than 10% thinner
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              f/2
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S9011 EV
              DMC-LX310.8 EV
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S9020.2 bits
              DMC-LX319.6 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S90185 ISO
              DMC-LX394 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              S900.9 fps
              DMC-LX32.5 fps
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              S902100 ms
              DMC-LX32300 ms
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S9046.0
              DMC-LX339.0
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              S90480p @ 30fps
              DMC-LX3720p @ 24fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S903.8x
              DMC-LX32.5x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Size Very small Help
              S90100×58×31 mm
              DMC-LX3109×60×27 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              S901.2"
              DMC-LX31.1"
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              S901/1600s
              DMC-LX31/2000s
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              S9012,800 ISO
              DMC-LX36,400 ISO
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S90461k dots
              DMC-LX3460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $723 - $798

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $470

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $319

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $448

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Thickness Is thicker
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot S90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Supports RAW No RAW support

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $398

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Leica D-LUX 3

              Leica D-Lux 3

              Pro digicam

              $1,221

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

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