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

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

Size
Really small
Compact 99x58x29 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

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 Slightly 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
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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 1.9 fps
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Around 5.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $289.99 vs $309.00
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The best price we've seen is $19 cheaper (around 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              S95:Lens
              S8100:Sensor shift, Lens
              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 PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $451

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Fujifilm XF1

              Fujifilm XF1

              Pro digicam

              $210 - $219

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $189 - $199

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $230 - $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

              $305 - $429

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

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $232

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture

              Nikon Coolpix S8100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $247 - $265

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S8000

              Nikon Coolpix S8000

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $247 - $365

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $297

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Size Larger
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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