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

Canon PowerShot S95 vs Nikon Coolpix S8100

Winner
Canon PowerShot S95

54

Nikon Coolpix S8100

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

Really small
Size
Compact (100×58×30 mm)
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S8100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot S95.
Explore our gallery of 45 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix S8100.

differences

Advantages of the Canon S95

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2 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
Wide angle
Better wide angle
28 mm vs 30 mm
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Around 10% better wide angle
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Size
Smaller
100×58×30 mm vs 104×60×30 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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
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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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
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
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 significantly 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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1600s
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2.5x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$359.99 vs $399.00
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The best price we've seen is $39 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              S95
              1. Lens
              S8100
              1. Lens
              2. Sensor shift
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              S95$399.00
              S8100$359.99
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              S9528 mm
              S810030 mm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $498

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Weight Heavier
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $330

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $264

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $237

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Wide angle Much 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

              $262

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $437

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Travel zoom

              $148

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $230

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Nikon Coolpix S7000

              Travel zoom

              $177 - $197

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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