Updated (January 2011): Compare the Canon PowerShot S95 vs Ricoh CX5

Canon PowerShot S95 vs Ricoh CX4

Winner
Canon PowerShot S95

52

Ricoh CX4

43

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

Really small
Size
Compact (100×58×30 mm)
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Light-weight
Weight
193 g
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
 

Reasons to buy the Ricoh CX4

Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm

Items often bought with the Canon S95 or Ricoh CX4

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot S95.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon S95

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/2 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
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
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
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm vs 1/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
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More than 50% larger sensor
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
1.0 cm vs 5.0 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
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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Canon PowerShot S95 Canon PowerShot S95 52
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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
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              S95$400.00
              CX4$399.00
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              S95720p @ 24fps
              CX4720p @ 30fps
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS

              Compact

              $250

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Weight Heavier
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $260

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $260

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 350 HS (IXUS 275 HS)

              Travel zoom

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Ricoh CX4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix F100fd

              Fujifilm FinePix F100fd

              Compact

              $369

              Size Smaller
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

              Compact

              $540

              Size Smaller
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Samsung WB250F

              Samsung WB250F

              Travel zoom

              $200

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Ricoh CX6

              Ricoh CX6

              Travel zoom

              $439

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Ricoh CX5

              Ricoh CX5

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