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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon 1 J1

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
1,200 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
60 fps
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1400 ms startup delay
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 
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Advantages of the Canon S95

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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 11.3 EV vs 11 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight Lighter 193 g vs 277 g
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More than 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon J1

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Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 60 fps vs 1.9 fps
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More than 31.5x faster continuous shooting
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 1,200 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 94 ms vs 610 ms
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6.5x less delay when taking photos
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Overall image quality Better image quality 56.0 vs 47.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1400 ms vs 2200 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Color depth Better color depth 21.5 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Sensor size Larger sensor Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 372 ISO vs 153 ISO
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The J1 has excellent image quality 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the S95
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 230 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $198.99 vs $324.95
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The best price we've seen is $126 cheaper (around 40% less)
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Fairly small Help
              S95:99x58x29 mm
              J1:106x61x29 mm
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.2"
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S95:11.3 EV
              J1:11 EV
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S95:153 ISO
              J1:372 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S95:20.4 bits
              J1:21.5 bits
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              S95:200 shots
              J1:230 shots
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S95:47.0
              J1:56.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $220 - $249

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $548

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Focus points Has much fewer focus points
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $451

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $318 - $400

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $500

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $225

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Nikon 1 J1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon 1 S1

              Nikon 1 S1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $250 with 11-2mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $634 body only

              $771 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Size Larger
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 10-30mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $298 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

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