Updated (September, 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Nikon Coolpix S9100

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Nikon Coolpix S8100

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S8100

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 
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Advantages of the Canon S95

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Aperture Much wider aperture f/2.0 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the S95's lens captures much more light (1.6 f-stops)
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
Wide angle Better wide angle 28 mm vs 30 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
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
Sensor size Larger sensor 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Size Smaller 99x58x29 mm vs 104x60x30 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight Lighter 193 g vs 209 g
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Around 10% lighter
Longest exposure Longer exposures 15s vs 4s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon S8100

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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Zoom More zoom 10x vs 3.8x
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More than 7x more zoom
Macro focus Better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 1.9 fps
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Around 5.5x faster continuous shooting
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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        S95:Lens
        S8100:Lens, Sensor shift
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        S95:28 mm
        S8100:30 mm

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Compact

        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Size Is significantly smaller
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

        Travel zoom

        $348

        Zoom Has way more more zoom
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier

        Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot S120

        Canon PowerShot S120

        Pro digicam

        $447 - $450

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Weight Heavier
        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $220 - $249

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
        Canon Powershot S100

        Canon Powershot S100

        Pro digicam

        $327 - $400

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Wide angle Better wide angle
        Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
        Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $479 - $498

        Overall image quality Much better image quality
        True resolution Much higher true resolution
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Size Larger
        Canon PowerShot S90

        Canon PowerShot S90

        Pro digicam

        $545

        Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
        Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Movie format Lower resolution movies

        Nikon Coolpix S8100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S8200

        Nikon Coolpix S8200

        Travel zoom

        $295

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
        Size Larger
        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Travel zoom

        $229

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Zoom More zoom
        Size Larger
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
        Nikon Coolpix S9400

        Nikon Coolpix S9400

        Travel zoom

        $194

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
        Size Larger
        Nikon Coolpix S8000

        Nikon Coolpix S8000

        Travel zoom

        $200

        Size Smaller
        Weight Lighter
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
        Olympus SZ-10

        Olympus SZ10

        Travel zoom

        $276

        Zoom More zoom
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Size Significantly larger
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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