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

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S90

Size
Really small
Compact 100x58x30 mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Weight
Light-weight
198 g
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

Size
Really small
Compact 109x60x27 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Battery life
Great battery life
380 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon S90

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 430 ms vs 770 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
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-stop) 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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0.2 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 1 f-stop 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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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Wide angle Better wide angle 24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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
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
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 $269.99 vs $559.99
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The best price we've seen is $290 cheaper (2.1x less)
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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 2.5 fps vs 0.9 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              f/2.0
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S90:11 EV
              DMC-LX3:10.8 EV
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              S90:430 ms
              DMC-LX3:770 ms
              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
              S90:20.2 bits
              DMC-LX3:19.6 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S90:185 ISO
              DMC-LX3:94 ISO
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              S90:2100 ms
              DMC-LX3:2300 ms
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              S90:0.9 fps
              DMC-LX3:2.5 fps
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S90:46.0
              DMC-LX3:39.0
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              S90:480p @ 30fps
              DMC-LX3:720p @ 24fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S90:3.8x
              DMC-LX3:2.5x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Very small Help
              S90:100x58x30 mm
              DMC-LX3:109x60x27 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              S90:1.2"
              DMC-LX3:1.1"
              Weight Light weight Help
              S90:198 g
              DMC-LX3:265 g
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              S90:12,800 ISO
              DMC-LX3:6,400 ISO
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S90:461k dots
              DMC-LX3:460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $332 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $290 - $398

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $500

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $430 - $591

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Boutique

              $730

              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 S90 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $447 - $449

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Weight Heavier
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $342

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $295 - $400

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $230 - $249

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $527 - $549

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Size Much larger
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Leica D-LUX 4

              Leica D-LUX 4

              Pro digicam

              $1,170

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2

              Pro digicam

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Size Smaller
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $807

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Leica D-LUX 3

              Leica D-Lux 3

              Pro digicam

              $1,289

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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