Updated (September, 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Canon PowerShot S95

Winner
Canon PowerShot S95

57

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

39

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

Really small
Size
Compact 99x58x29 mm
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 

differences

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
Size
Smaller
99x58x29 mm vs 103x60x33 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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" 6.1x4.6mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
Startup delay
Less startup delay
2200 ms vs 2500 ms
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More than 10% less delay when turning on
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
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$593.00 vs $684.89
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The best price we've seen is $92 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS7

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
370 ms vs 610 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Zoom
More zoom
12x vs 3.8x
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More than 10x more zoom
Wide angle
Better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
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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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
              Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              S95:$593.00
              DMC-ZS7:$684.89
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              S95:610 ms
              DMC-ZS7:370 ms
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              S95:1.9 fps
              DMC-ZS7:2.3 fps
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              S95:720p @ 24fps
              DMC-ZS7:720p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $70

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX700 HS

              Travel zoom

              $279 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              $146

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Dynamic range Has significantly narrower dynamic range
              Fujifilm XF1

              Fujifilm XF1

              Pro digicam

              $168 - $293

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $391 - $399

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Weight Heavier
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $244 - $400

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

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $249

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon Coolpix P300

              Nikon Coolpix P300

              Pro digicam

              $350

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Supports RAW No RAW support

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $310

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $249

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $399

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS5

              Travel zoom

              $370

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen size Smaller screen
              GPS No built-in GPS

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              Canon PowerShot S95 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              discussion

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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