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

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.0
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

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Size
Really small
Compact 104x60x30 mm
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
 
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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
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
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
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 Significantly 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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        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
        Weight Heavy Help
        S95:193 g
        S8100:209 g
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        1.2"
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
        S95:28 mm
        S8100:30 mm

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $548

        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199 - $200

        Zoom Has much more zoom
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $319 - $399

        Zoom Has much more zoom
        Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Canon ELPH 300 HS

        Compact

        $175

        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

        Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot S120

        Canon PowerShot S120

        Pro digicam

        $449 - $450

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Weight Heavier
        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $235 - $250

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
        Canon Powershot S100

        Canon Powershot S100

        Pro digicam

        $280 - $350

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
        Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
        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
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

        Pro digicam

        $355

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Battery life Much longer battery life
        Size Much larger
        Supports 24p No 24p support

        Nikon Coolpix S8100 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Nikon Coolpix S9100

        Travel zoom

        $219

        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Size Larger
        Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
        Nikon Coolpix S9500

        Nikon Coolpix S9500

        Travel zoom

        $175

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
        Size Larger
        Nikon Coolpix S8200

        Nikon Coolpix S8200

        Travel zoom

        $219

        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 S9700

        Nikon Coolpix S9700

        Travel zoom

        $327 - $347

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
        Size Larger
        Aperture Narrower aperture

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