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Canon PowerShot S95 vs Ricoh CX4

Winner
Canon PowerShot S95

54

Ricoh CX4

44

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

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
Macro focus
Great macro
1.0 cm
Thickness
Thin
1.1"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot S95.
Explore our gallery of 2 sample photos taken by the Ricoh CX4.

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
Help
Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
Help
Less risk of blur
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
Help
Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
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
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
Macro focus
Much better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 5.0 cm
Help
Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3"
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              $399.00
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              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 S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $261

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro focusing

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Weight Heavier
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $330

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $236

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              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

              Ricoh CX4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Ricoh CX6

              Ricoh CX6

              Travel zoom

              $414

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Ricoh WG-4

              Ricoh WG-4

              Waterproof

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $362

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Nikon Coolpix P7000

              Pro digicam

              $375

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Much larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Samsung WB250F

              Samsung WB250F

              Travel zoom

              $115

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

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