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: 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: We make no bones about it. The Canon S100 is a superb camera let down slightly by its battery life that although short, will still get you through the day. Besides the minor stamina problem the Canon S100 excels in both photo and video, and is definitely worth a punt.
Summary: From the day it was announced, I’ve been excited about the Canon PowerShot S100. Its predecessor, the S95 , is still one of the best pocket-sized cameras on the market even a year after its release, and the S100 improves on many of its features — it’s got a wider lens, a faster processor, a new sensor, and GPS functionality — while keeping the S95’s litany of manual controls, great look and feel, and its promise of fantastic images even in poor lighting.
Pros: Fantastic image quality, Fast performance, Tons of manual controls, Upgraded internals from the S95
Cons: Expensive, Images are slightly inferior to the S95, Relatively short battery life
Conclusion: The S100 is the next step in Canon’s PowerShot lineup — and this is a good thing and a bad thing. All the necessary tweaks and upgrades are there: faster processor, bigger sensor, reduced noise, and fun features like GPS to boot. Don’t get us wrong, these are all great improvements, but they mean this is sort of an in-between the S95 and whatever comes next.
Pros: Slim, but fits well in the hands, Solid build quality, Convenient manual control ring, Great in low light
Cons: Price makes it a hard sell, Reduced battery life
Conclusion: Take into account the superb handling, impressive image quality – particularly at high ISOs – slick, detailed Full HD video, plus a responsive, accurate GPS system, and you have the recipe for a pretty remarkable camera that you can take anywhere.
Summary: This little black offering fits into the smallest pocket but can take HD video as well as rather nice still images. Even if you have a larger and more powerful unit, this can be ready even before that comes from the bag.
Excerpt: Updating the S95 , the S100 is described by Canon as a “serious compact” and comes in regulation black to prove it. Flat-fronted and pocket sized, with an unobtrusive pop-up flash, it boasts a roughened coating that recalls a DSLR and aids grip in lieu of a proper handgrip. Worth singling out are its brighter-than-average f/2 aperture lens – the smaller the number the more light let in, the more light the, theoretically, better the quality – and integral GPS.
Full range of manual controls, SLR-feel construction yet pocket sized proportions
The most expensive compact on test, unimpressive battery life
Excerpt: The new Canon PowerShot S100 could well be your new premium compact of choice if you want a portable back up camera for a digital SLR but don’t want the doorstop-like bulk of the Canon PowerShot G12 .
Pros: Full manual controls, Lens control ring, Good image quality
Cons: So-so battery life, Modest lens reach, GPS function is buried