Updated (February, 2012): Compare the Canon Powershot S100 vs Nikon Coolpix S9300

Canon PowerShot S95 vs Nikon Coolpix S9100

Winner
Canon PowerShot S95

55

Nikon Coolpix S9100

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot S95

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/2.0
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix S9100

Zoom
Great zoom
18x
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
240 fps

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
Size
Significantly smaller
99x58x29 mm vs 105x62x35 mm
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More than 20% smaller
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
Thickness
Thinner
1.2" vs 1.4"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight
Lighter
193 g vs 214 g
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Around 10% lighter
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
10 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Almost the same
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
15s vs 1s
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15x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Nikon S9100

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Zoom
Significantly more zoom
18x vs 3.8x
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More than 23x more zoom
Wide angle
Significantly better wide angle
25 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
9.5 fps vs 1.9 fps
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5x faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
270 shots vs 200 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Macro focus
Better macro capability
4 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 20% closer to the lens
Lowest price
Cheaper
$258.05 vs $349.00
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The best price we've seen is $91 cheaper (around 30% less)
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 compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              Overall image quality Has much better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Canon ELPH 300 HS

              Compact

              $220

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Size Is significantly smaller
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen

              Canon PowerShot S95 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Canon PowerShot S110

              Pro digicam

              $199

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon Powershot S100

              Canon Powershot S100

              Pro digicam

              $214

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              $875

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon PowerShot S200

              Canon PowerShot S200

              Pro digicam

              $320

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              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 S9100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Stylus 9000

              Olympus Stylus 9000

              Travel zoom

              Size Smaller
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $215

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Nikon Coolpix S9300

              Travel zoom

              $273

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Nikon Coolpix S9700

              Travel zoom

              $150

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Zoom

              Fujifilm FinePix S9000 Zoom

              Pro digicam

              Aperture Wider aperture
              External flash Supports an external flash
              Size Much larger
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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