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

Canon PowerShot S95

Winner
Canon PowerShot S95

57

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Ricoh CX4

45

Ricoh CX4

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
Light-weight
Weight
193 g
 

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
Thickness
Thin
1.1"
 

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
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs 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" 6.2x4.6mm
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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 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
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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
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              S95:720p @ 24fps
              CX4:720p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $170 - $240

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $305

              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $326 - $399

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Weight Heavier
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $218 - $400

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Startup delay More startup delay
              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
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $320

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

              Ricoh CX4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Ricoh CX5

              Ricoh CX5

              Travel zoom

              $123

              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
              Samsung WB250F

              Samsung WB250F

              Travel zoom

              $165

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Ricoh CX6

              Ricoh CX6

              Travel zoom

              $421

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 - $280 body only

              $389 - $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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