• 1/1.7 inch 43.3mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 105.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 14.1 megapixels
  • 26.00mm - 130.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon S95 advantages over Nikon S4100

  • Larger sensor
    1/1.7 inch vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.08 vs 1.43 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.0 vs f/3.2
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon S4100 advantages over Canon S95

  • Less expensive
    $180 vs $400 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More telephoto lens reach
    130 mm vs 105 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Thinner
    19 mm vs 29 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    131g vs 193g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    14.1 vs 10.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Neither provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Canon S90

Canon S95
Canon S90
  • $428
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • HDMI out
  • Shoots 24p video
  • $430
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Less shutter lag
Nikon S4100
Canon S90
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $430
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Pentax RS1000

Canon S95
Pentax RS1000
  • $428
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $117
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
Nikon S4100
Pentax RS1000
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • More dots on screen
  • $117
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Higher extended ISO

Compared to Pentax RS1500

Canon S95
Pentax RS1500
  • $428
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $90
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
Nikon S4100
Pentax RS1500
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • More dots on screen
  • $90
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon S100

Canon S95
Canon S100
  • $428
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $429
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Built-in GPS
  • Manual focus
Nikon S4100
Canon S100
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
  • $429
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Canon S110

Canon S95
Canon S110
  • $428
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $424
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Nikon S4100
Canon S110
  • $180
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Lighter weight
  • $424
  • 1/1.7 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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