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

Canon PowerShot S95

Winner
Canon PowerShot S95

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Nikon Coolpix S8100

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Nikon Coolpix S8100

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

Really small
Size
Compact 99x58x29 mm
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Thin
Thickness
1.2"
 

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
 

differences

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
Help
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
Help
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
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
Help
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
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
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
Cheaper
$199.99 vs $269.95
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (around 30% 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
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              S95:Lens
              S8100:Lens, Sensor shift
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              S95:28 mm
              S8100:30 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $197 - $500

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Screen type Has an OLED 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

              $326 - $399

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Weight Heavier
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $218 - $400

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $170 - $228

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              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

              Nikon Coolpix S8100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

              Travel zoom

              $179 - $180

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Nikon Coolpix S9100

              Travel zoom

              $265

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Larger
              Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Nikon Coolpix S6500

              Travel zoom

              $70 - $220

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Nikon Coolpix S6800

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $217

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Nikon Coolpix S8200

              Travel zoom

              $340

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

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