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

Canon PowerShot S95 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Winner
Canon PowerShot S95

55

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

38

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2
Really small
Size
Compact (100×58×30 mm)
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Light-weight
Weight
193 g
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

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

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot S95.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7.

differences

Advantages of the Canon S95

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2 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
100×58×30 mm vs 103×60×33 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.13x4.6mm
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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 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The S95's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Startup delay
Less startup delay
2200 ms vs 2500 ms
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More than 10% less delay when turning on
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.3"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$469.99 vs $684.89
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The best price we've seen is $215 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Weight
Lighter
193 g vs 218 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS7

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Wide angle
Significantly 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
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3.0 cm vs 5.0 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
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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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
              1. Lens
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              S95$469.99
              DMC-ZS7$684.89
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Sensor type Lower-end sensor types Help
              CCD
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              S951.9 fps
              DMC-ZS72.3 fps
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              S952200 ms
              DMC-ZS72500 ms
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              S95720p @ 24fps
              DMC-ZS7720p @ 30fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S953,200 ISO
              DMC-ZS71,600 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $250

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $252

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              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 G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $559 - $649

              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-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $362

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Aperture Has a much narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)

              Travel zoom

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $325

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon Coolpix P300

              Nikon Coolpix P300

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              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

              $389

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3

              Travel zoom

              GPS No built-in GPS
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

              Travel zoom

              $340

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Panasonic Lumix ZS35

              Travel zoom

              $130 - $209

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Zoom More zoom
              Size Larger
              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