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

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Canon PowerShot S95

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Canon PowerShot S95

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Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sensor size
Large sensor
Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
390 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
66.0
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

Size
Really small
Compact 99x58x29 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
2200 ms startup delay
Thickness
Thin
1.2"
 
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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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $347.95 vs $535.79
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The best price we've seen is $188 cheaper (around 40% less)
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 Nikon CX 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
True resolution Much higher true resolution 20 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture 2x more detail in your photos
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
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.4 EV vs 11.3 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Battery life Significantly 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/2.0
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At its widest zoom, the DSC-RX100's lens captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 1.9 fps
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Around 5.5x faster continuous shooting
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Aperture Very wide aperture Help
              S95:f/2.0
              DSC-RX100:f/1.8
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              S95:1/1.7" 7.6x5.7mm
              DSC-RX100:Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Light sensitivity (boost) Very good boost ISO Help
              S95:12,800 ISO
              DSC-RX100:25,600 ISO
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              S95:$347.95
              DSC-RX100:$535.79
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              S95:2200 ms
              DSC-RX100:2800 ms
              Weight Heavy Help
              S95:193 g
              DSC-RX100:213 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              S95:1.2"
              DSC-RX100:1.4"
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Wide angle Poor wide angle Help
              28 mm
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              S95:3.8x
              DSC-RX100:3.6x

              Compared to recent pro digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Size Very small Help
              S95:99x58x29 mm
              DSC-RX100:101x58x35 mm
              Weight Very light Help
              S95:193 g
              DSC-RX100:213 g
              Thickness Thin Help
              S95:1.2"
              DSC-RX100:1.4"
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              S95:15s
              DSC-RX100:30s
              External flash No external flash support Help
              Less expandable
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Macro focus Poor macro capabilities Help
              5 cm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              S95:3,200 ISO
              DSC-RX100:6,400 ISO
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $698

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $450

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $235 - $250

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

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $280 - $350

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $499

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $390 - $420

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              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

              $355

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Size Much larger
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $629

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $389 - $398

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $610

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Fujifilm FinePix x20

              Pro digicam

              $499 - $598

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Size Much larger

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