Updated (June 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot S95 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs Canon PowerShot S95

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

81

Canon PowerShot S95

44

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Large sensor
Sensor size
1" 13.2x8.8mm
Great image quality
Overall image quality
66.0
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Great color depth
Color depth
22.6 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

Size
Really small
Compact (100×58×30 mm)
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Thickness
Thin
1.2"
Weight
Light-weight
193 g

Items often bought with the Sony DSC-RX100 or Canon S95

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differences

Advantages of the Canon S95

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size
Smaller
100×58×30 mm vs 102×58×36 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.4"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
193 g vs 213 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

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Sensor size
Much larger sensor
1" 13.2x8.8mm vs 1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
66.0 vs 47.0
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More than 40% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.4 EV vs 11.3 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
390 ISO vs 153 ISO
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The DSC-RX100 has excellent image quality: 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the S95
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Color depth
Better color depth
22.6 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 2.2 more bits of color
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 461k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
20 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture 2x more detail in your photos
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
10 fps vs 1.9 fps
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Around 5.5x faster continuous shooting
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Battery life
Much longer battery life
330 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-RX100's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DSC-RX100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The DSC-RX100's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro digicams, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              S95f/2
              DSC-RX100f/1.8
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              1. Lens
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              S95$400.00
              DSC-RX100$389.99
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5.0 cm
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S953.8x
              DSC-RX1003.6x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              S95100×58×30 mm
              DSC-RX100102×58×36 mm
              Weight Light weight Help
              S95193 g
              DSC-RX100213 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              S951/1600s
              DSC-RX1001/2000s
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S953,200 ISO
              DSC-RX1006,400 ISO
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $598

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $314 - $349

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $483 - $649

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Pro digicam

              $948

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Nikon Coolpix S9900

              Travel zoom

              $249 - $297

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $350

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V

              Travel zoom

              $428

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500

              Travel zoom

              $328 - $394

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Aperture Much narrower aperture

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