Updated (September, 2011): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Ricoh CX5

Canon PowerShot S95 vs Ricoh CX4

Winner
Canon PowerShot S95

55

Ricoh CX4

44

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

Really small
Size
Compact 99x58x29 mm
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
 

Reasons to buy the Ricoh CX4

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
Size
Really small
Compact 102x59x29 mm

differences

Advantages of the Canon S95

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2.0 vs f/3.5
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At its widest zoom, the S95's lens captures much more light (1.6 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
Help
Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
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
Weight
Slightly lighter
193 g vs 205 g
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Around 10% lighter
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 8s
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Around 90% longer exposures
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Advantages of the Ricoh CX4

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Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Macro focus
Significantly better macro capability
1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Zoom
More zoom
10.7x vs 3.8x
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More than 8x more zoom
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/2000s vs 1/1600s
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20% faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$399.00 vs $449.00
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The best price we've seen is $50 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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recommendations

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

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              S95$449.00
              CX4$399.00
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              S95720p @ 24fps
              CX4720p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $320

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $199

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

              Pro digicam

              $305

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Weight Heavier
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $214

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $199

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              $874

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Ricoh CX4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $149

              Zoom Much more zoom
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Ricoh CX5

              Ricoh CX5

              Travel zoom

              $279

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Samsung WB150F

              Samsung WB150F

              Travel zoom

              $150

              Zoom More zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Ricoh CX1

              Ricoh CX1

              Compact

              $277

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Zoom Slightly less zoom
              Ricoh CX6

              Ricoh CX6

              Travel zoom

              $414

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

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