Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

66

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Canon PowerShot S95

48

Canon PowerShot S95

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.4
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
241 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
 

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Advantages of the Canon S95

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
2200 ms vs 3700 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size
Smaller
99x58x29 mm vs 111x68x46 mm
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2x smaller
Weight
Lighter
193 g vs 298 g
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Around 40% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.8"
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Around 40% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$279.95 vs $345.00
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The best price we've seen is $65 cheaper (around 20% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-LX7

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.4 vs f/2.0
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-LX7's lens captures much more light (1 f-stop)
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
241 ms vs 610 ms
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2.5x less delay when taking photos
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.7 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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 significantly faster
11 fps vs 1.9 fps
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Around 6x faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
330 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality
Better image quality
50.0 vs 47.0
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Around 10% better image quality
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
120 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-LX7's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Color depth
Better color depth
20.7 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/1600s
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2.5x faster max shutter speed
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              S95:f/2.0
              DMC-LX7:f/1.4
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              S95:2200 ms
              DMC-LX7:3700 ms
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              S95:153 ISO
              DMC-LX7:147 ISO
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              S95:20.4 bits
              DMC-LX7:20.7 bits
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              S95:11.3 EV
              DMC-LX7:11.7 EV
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              S95:47.0
              DMC-LX7:50.0
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              3.8x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S95:$279.95
              DMC-LX7:$345.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              12,800 ISO
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              10 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S95:3,200 ISO
              DMC-LX7:6,400 ISO
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              S95:1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              DMC-LX7:1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Sensor size Has a much larger sensor
              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $326 - $399

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $359

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $432 - $449

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $190

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Nikon Coolpix P340

              Pro digicam

              $347

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $229 - $400

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $383

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Aperture Much narrower aperture

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $667 - $699

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $830 - $898

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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