Updated (June, 2013): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs Canon PowerShot S95

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

99

Canon PowerShot S95

46

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
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 99x58x29 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Thickness
Thin
1.2"
Weight
Light-weight
193 g

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
99x58x29 mm vs 101x58x35 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Startup delay
Less startup delay
2200 ms vs 2800 ms
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More than 20% less delay when turning on
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$349.00 vs $387.49
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The best price we've seen is $38 cheaper (around 10% less)
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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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1.1 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
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
20 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture 2x more detail in your photos
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
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 461k dots
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More than 2.5x higher resolution screen
Color depth
Better color depth
22.6 bits vs 20.4 bits
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Distinguishes 2.2 more bits of color
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 1.9 fps
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Around 5.5x faster continuous shooting
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/2.0
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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 1 f-stop 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 1 f-stop 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/2.0
              DSC-RX100f/1.8
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              S951/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              DSC-RX1001" 13.2x8.8mm
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              S95$349.00
              DSC-RX100$387.49
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              S952200 ms
              DSC-RX1002800 ms
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              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 Very small Help
              S9599x58x29 mm
              DSC-RX100101x58x35 mm
              Weight Very light Help
              S95193 g
              DSC-RX100213 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              S951.2"
              DSC-RX1001.4"
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              S95$349.00
              DSC-RX100$387.49
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              S9515s
              DSC-RX10030s
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              S951/1600s
              DSC-RX1001/2000s
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S953,200 ISO
              DSC-RX1006,400 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Focus points Has slightly 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 much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $283 - $398

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $348 - $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $199 - $200

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $214

              Wide angle Has a much wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              $872

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower 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
              Nikon Coolpix P300

              Nikon Coolpix P300

              Pro digicam

              $349

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $648

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weight Significantly heavier
              Size Larger
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $435 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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