Updated (September 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Olympus XZ-1

Canon PowerShot S95 vs Olympus XZ-1

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Canon PowerShot S95

46

Olympus XZ-1

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-1

Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Battery life
Great battery life
320 shots
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm

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differences

Advantages of the Canon S95

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
47.0 vs 34.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.3 EV vs 10.4 EV
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1.8 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Color depth
Better color depth
20.4 bits vs 18.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
153 ISO vs 117 ISO
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The S95 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
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
Slightly smaller
100×58×30 mm vs 111×65×42 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Weight
Lighter
193 g vs 275 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.7"
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More than 30% thinner
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Advantages of the Olympus XZ-1

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Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
320 shots vs 200 shots
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60% more shots per battery charge
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2
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At its widest zoom, the XZ-1's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.6" 8.3x6.2mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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Around 20% larger sensor
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 1.9 fps
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More than 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
614k dots vs 461k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The XZ-1's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Lowest price
Cheaper
$206.00 vs $475.00
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The best price we've seen is $269 cheaper (2.3x less)
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              S95f/2
              XZ-1f/1.8
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S9511.3 EV
              XZ-110.4 EV
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S9520.4 bits
              XZ-118.8 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S95153 ISO
              XZ-1117 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S9547.0
              XZ-134.0
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              S95720p @ 24fps
              XZ-1720p @ 30fps
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S953.8x
              XZ-14x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              S951/1600s
              XZ-11/2000s
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              S9512,800 ISO
              XZ-1None
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              S951.9 fps
              XZ-17 fps
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S953,200 ISO
              XZ-16,400 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              S95461k dots
              XZ-1614k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $330

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Macro focus Much worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $261

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon Coolpix P300

              Nikon Coolpix P300

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $236

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW No RAW support

              Olympus XZ-1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS

              Pro digicam

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $166

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor size Smaller sensor
              Olympus VG-150

              Olympus VG-150

              Ultra compact

              $80

              Size Smaller
              Wide angle Slightly better wide angle
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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