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

46

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
Size
Really small
Compact 102x59x29 mm
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Macro focus
Great macro
1 cm
 

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
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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
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$399.00 vs $459.00
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The best price we've seen is $60 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
              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
              S95:720p @ 24fps
              CX4:720p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $179 - $349

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $80

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              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
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348 - $368

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $230

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen

              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

              $245 - $400

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $578

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $599

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              $146

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Ricoh CX4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

              Pro digicam

              $228 - $379

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom Less zoom
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Nikon Coolpix L820

              Super zoom

              $250 - $279

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

              Travel zoom

              $260

              Zoom Much more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $300 - $399

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Macro focus Worse macro capability
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $249

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Macro focus Worse macro capability

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