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
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 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/2.0 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
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
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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
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Movie format HD (720p) video Help
              S95720p @ 24fps
              CX4720p @ 30fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $220

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $200

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349 - $399

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

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $229

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $209 - $235

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $398 - $498

              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger

              Ricoh CX4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm Finepix F600 EXR

              Fujifilm Finepix F600 EXR

              Travel zoom

              $207

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Ricoh Caplio R8

              Ricoh Caplio R8

              Compact

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Fujifilm Finepix X10

              Pro digicam

              $390

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Size Much larger
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Samsung WB250F

              Samsung WB250F

              Travel zoom

              $130

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability
              Ricoh Caplio R7

              Ricoh Caplio R7

              Compact

              Size Smaller
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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