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
Lowest price Cheaper $145.54 vs $299.95
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The best price we've seen is $154 cheaper (2.1x less)
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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
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
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
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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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 Common Weaknesses
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              f/2.0
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              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
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S90:20.2 bits
              DMC-LX3:19.6 bits
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              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
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S90:46.0
              DMC-LX3:39.0
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              S90:0.9 fps
              DMC-LX3:2.5 fps
              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 Very 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
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              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
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S90:461k dots
              DMC-LX3:460k dots
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $308 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S95

              Canon PowerShot S95

              Pro digicam

              $330

              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $249

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $255 - $800

              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

              $448 - $580

              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
              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX220 HS

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot S90 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $330 - $449

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Weight Heavier
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $320

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $898 - $1,796

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Leica D-LUX 4

              Leica D-LUX 4

              Pro digicam

              $1,120

              Size Slightly smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              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
              Canon PowerShot G11

              Canon PowerShot G11

              Pro digicam

              $439

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

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