Rankings REVIEW SUMMARY STORE PRICING Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Camera Review COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, & ANSWERS FORUM BY VIEWERS AND EDITORS Canon Reviews
18 May 2014
Summary: The functional yet compact S100 continues to refine Canon's high-end Powershot line. With a GPS, 5x wide-angle lens, 1080p HD video, and the much-lauded control wheel, does this camera have what it takes to be top dog?
Excerpt: I just purchased this camera because my SD500 finally broke after one too many drops. I bought it based on the following:Compact, point and shoot camera can be strapped to my chest harness for quick accessGreat image qualitySupports both fully manual and fully automatic modesSupports full HD moviesGood review by DPreview.comIt also records GPS coordinates, though I won't use that feature on long trips since it shortens the battery life.
Excerpt: The sleek, tiny Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Elph camera looks and feels like a fine precision instrument. And as PC Magazine Labs found when testing, "It's an easy shooter with a quick recycle time." But more important, with its 2.11-megapixel CCD and 2X optical zoom lens, it takes superb pictures (which can be printed up to 8 by 10 inches). Exposure is spot-on, with realistic colors, very accurate skin tones, and an excellent dynamic range.
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot series of point-and-shoot digital cameras has been running strong for fifteen years. Why stop now? That’s Canon’s thinking, as evidenced by their latest release, the Canon PowerShot S100 ($430) . On top of its compactness and versatility, the S100 boasts a new f/2.0 lens and the newly improved HS System, a high level sensor with Canon DIGIC 5 processing that beefs up shot speed and enhances image quality in myriad conditions.
Summary: The Canon PowerShot S100 is a generally great little camera for advanced shooters who don't mind slowing down a bit from a dSLR.
Pros: A great little camera with advanced features, the Canon PowerShot S100 builds on the strengths of its excellent predecessor.
Cons: As a trade-off for extending the zoom range to 5x the lens' aperture narrows very quickly as you zoom out. And there's no improvement over the S95's so-so performance, despite the price increase.
Conclusion: Here's my rating of the Canon Digital Ixus: (2 megapixel ultra compact class) Nobody could fault Canon for producing the smallest, lightest digital camera yet, and they certainly couldn't fault them for building it with a large degree of precision and an eye to robustness. They've aimed this camera squarely at everyday photographs and it's small enough to be taken out wherever you go... Don't take the camera with you and you won't get that shot.
Pros: Tiny size, light weight, strong metallic case, looks (these add up to portability), Automatic lens cover, Fairly good image quality (though not breathtaking at 100%), good colour balance, Super-Fine JPEG mode for TIFF quality at half the size, Nice easy to use menu system, straight forward controls, Quick Record / Playback switch, Anti-reflective coating on LCD, Stitch assist mode, Large image buffer, fast processing times, Fast power up/down times, Superb (yet oh-so-...
Cons: Still got that "Canon" slightly cool / under saturated look to images, Some visible noise on flat areas, No support for CF Type II (probably a battery limit), Moiré pattern / early detail aliasing at distances, Very limited low-light abilities, Small flash makes for use only at relatively short distances, Limited zoom (35 - 70 mm)
Summary: The Canon Powershot S100 is priced in India at a MOP of Rs. 25,000. This camera is built really well and feels extremely sturdy. Feature-wise it has some improvements over its predecessor, like the larger sensor, 1080p video capabilities, increased optical zoom and a few others. However, where this camera really does well is in the performance, as it offers above average picture quality, as compared to other point and shoot compact cameras.
Conclusion: The Canon PowerShot S100 is a worthy successor to our previous Editors' Choice high-end point-and-shoot camera, the PowerShot S95. It adds a longer zoom lens and GPS, and improves on the S95's image quality and performance.
Pros: Sharp, fast lens. Very good low-light performance. Fast recycle time. Raw shooting support.
Cons: Pricey. LCD is not best in class. No hot shoe.