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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
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
2200 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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Advantages of the Canon S95

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Aperture Much wider aperture f/2.0 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the S95's lens captures much more light (1.4 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
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Size Smaller 99x58x29 mm vs 103x60x33 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.1x4.6mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The S95's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The S95's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Startup delay Less startup delay 2200 ms vs 2500 ms
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More than 10% less delay when turning on
Weight Lighter 193 g vs 218 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness Thinner 1.2" vs 1.3"
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More than 10% thinner
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 10 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS7

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Wide angle Better wide angle 25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Zoom More zoom 12x vs 3.8x
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More than 10x more zoom
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 370 ms vs 610 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Longest exposure Much longer exposures 60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Lens
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
        S95:2200 ms
        DMC-ZS7:2500 ms
        Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
        CCD
        Weight Heavy Help
        S95:193 g
        DMC-ZS7:218 g
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        S95:1.2"
        DMC-ZS7:1.3"
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        S95:1.9 fps
        DMC-ZS7:2.3 fps
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Movie format HD (720p) video Help
        S95:720p @ 24fps
        DMC-ZS7:720p @ 30fps

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        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $235 - $250

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $548

        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Pro digicam

        $398

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

        Panasonic Lumix ZS20

        Travel zoom

        $229 - $399

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
        Nikon 1 J1

        Nikon 1 J1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $198 with 10-30mm lens

        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
        Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

        Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

        Pro digicam

        $698

        Overall image quality Has much better image quality
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

        Pro digicam

        $284

        Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
        Battery life Has a much longer battery life
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

        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 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
        Olympus XZ-1

        Olympus XZ-1

        Pro digicam

        $230 - $300

        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
        Overall image quality Much worse image quality
        Size Much larger

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 Competitors

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        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $329 - $399

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

        Travel zoom

        $466

        GPS No built-in GPS
        Weight Slightly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $174 - $300

        Movie format Higher resolution movies
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

        Travel zoom

        $526 - $547

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Size Larger
        Macro focus Worse macro capability
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS6

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS6

        Travel zoom

        GPS No built-in GPS

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        Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (8:18 PM, January 12, 2011)
        Hi Amy, its hard to say for sure. I'd guess that the Panasonic ZS7 is a small step up in terms of image quality, not a huge step. The ZS7 is a great camera with a number of other advantages including a wider angle lens, more zoom, etc. The ZS7 is definitely one of the better all around cameras and has good image quality, but its got the same small sensor size as all the other cameras, which is the main limitation for image quality.

        The Canon PowerShot S95 is basically as good as you can get for image quality in a camera of that size, Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX5 is not far behind, see Panasonic LX5 vs Canon S95.
         
        Amy (7:54 PM, January 12, 2011)
        I've had my canon powershot A520 for about 5 years now. I want a camera that will produce noticeably higher quality images. I'm looking at the Panasonic ZS7 and the Canon PowerShot S95. Will both of these camera be a huge step up from what I have now? Is the Canon significantly better than the Panasonic?
         
        Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:41 AM, December 30, 2010)
        See the specs page, we do have the correct resolution of 12.1MP. However, when comparing cameras, we calculate a true resolution based on the camera's sensor size.
         
        /\/ (0:07 AM, December 30, 2010)
        resolution is wrong. the lumix zs7 is 12.1 MP