Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
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Canon PowerShot SX100IS Camera: Review
11 May 2013
Summary: Among the various digital compact recently presented by the manufacturer, the Canon PowerShot SX100IS is certainly among the most interesting, especially for the 8 MP sensor and a 10x optical zoom, perhaps the highest ever in its class and still surprising on a compact.
Pros: Sensor, Image Stabilizer, Optical Zoom, Manual controls; Face detection.
Summary: The budget ultra-zoom category is sparsely populated by the Panasonic TZ3, Panasonic TZ2, the Fuji S700 and now the Canon SX100. Unfortunately for Fuji, the S700 is neither compact nor more capable than the SX100, thus making it less desirable for its target market.
Pros: 10X Optical zoom in compact body, Reliable exposure, Relatively good edge-to-edge lens sharpness, Realistic image colors, Excellent macro focusing, Fast and responsive, Excellent battery life, Well-designed body and easy handling, Direct access to ISO and exposure-compensation
Cons: Above average image noise at all ISO, Nearly useless ISO 1600, Poor white-balance under artificial lighting, Above average chromatic aberrations, Lacks a viewfinder, Flash recycles slowly, Weak flash, Pathetic 0.8 FPS continuous drive
Excerpt: Looking at Canon's new 8.0 megapixel 10x (36-360mm f/2.8-4.3 35mm equivalent) optically stabilized zoom PowerShot SX100 IS (street: $299), one can't help but recall the old Sure Shot Owl 35mm camera. Sure, the Owl was a fixed focal length film camera, but look at the silhouette.
Conclusion: The SX100 IS is a bit of a wallflower, both in terms of design and specification. It is not ugly, but it certainly won't turn any heads either, it has a fairly good spec and feature set but nothing that we haven't seen somewhere else before.
Pros: Good resolution, Clean and detailed image output at all zoom settings, Very efficient image stabilization, Fast, reliable focus (except in low light at longer focal lengths), Reliable exposure, Good white balance and accurate color (in daylight), Clear and understandable menu, Well designed and i...
Cons: Noise and noise reduction artefacts showing in fine texture even at low ISO, Very slow flash recycling (especially when batteries are weak), Images a bit soft viewed at 100% - benefit from a little sharpening, ISO 800 and above only suitable for emergency use, Battery life not brilliant (it's use...
Summary: Canon's plastic PowerShot range may not be as fashionably styled as its metal-build IXUS family, but these cameras are generally better value for money while offering a fairly comprehensive feature set.
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot SX100 IS is the first ultra-zoom camera boasting 10x optical zoom in its compact body. Touted as the perfect camera in the hands of any family member, we found it to be true—the SX100 IS is simple to use, and delivers superb photographs with minimum tweaking.
Canon- PowerShot 8.0 MP SX100IS A Digital Camera For Less Than $250
Personal Electronics buzz
29 January 2008
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot 8.0MP SX100IS digital camera comes with a dynamic 10x optical zoom with the ability to shoot up to 3224 x 2448 pixel resolutions. It is a still and video camcorder with audio. The camera has advanced image stabilization and face recognition.
Excerpt: The Canon PowerShot SX100 IS ($299) is a compact, low-cost ultra
zoom camera. It offers many of the features found on the PowerShot S5 IS
(see our review), for
$100 less. The main differences between the SX100 and the S5 are with regard
to lens power (10X vs 12X), LCD style (fixed vs.
Pros: Very good photo quality (though see issues below), Good value for the money, 10X optical zoom lens with optical image stabilization, Fairly sharp 2.5" LCD with good low light and outdoor visibility, Full manual controls, plus plenty of scene modes, Very good performance in most respects, AF-assis...
Cons: Noticeable detail loss from noise reduction above ISO 200 (in low light) and ISO 400 (in good light); highest sensitivities not usable, Redeye a big problem (though you can remove it in playback mode), Weak, slow-to-charge flash, No multi-point autofocus, No optical or electronic viewfinder, Can'...
Summary: My first thought on seeing the Canon Powershot SX100 IS was it looked like the A-series PowerShots (not a bad thing), even though Canon USA’s website had it slotted in their “High-End, Advanced Digital Cameras” roster. (My second thought was “where did the viewfinder go?”).
Pros: Long focal length lens, Good shutter performance, Compact size, Good image quality
Cons: Flash recycle times, No viewfinder, Unspectacular continuous shooting capability