Reviews and Problems with Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
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Canon Powershot SX100 IS
29 September 2011
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. The TZ3, being another compact ultra-zoom, competes directly with the SX100.
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. There's certainly a powerful family resemblance in function and focus, even if the guts are now digital, the lens zooms, and that big owl-eye inspired viewfinder has been replaced by a biggish...
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. 'Solid' is probably the best way to describe the performance of this latest addition to the Canon Powershot range. The SX100 IS performs well in (almost) all areas but there is hardly anyhing exceptional about it.
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 intuitive control layout, Comprehensive feature set, Good range of in-camera tonal and color adjustments, Big, fairly bright screen, Good balance of noise reduction and detail ...
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 useful to always carry a spare set of batteries), Occasional highlight clipping, Some purple fringing, No real wide-angle
Excerpt: Just when you think digicam manufacturers have equipped their products with every new feature there is, along comes a camera that offers consumers even more—a bigger LCD, built-in image stabilization, or more shooting modes.
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. The built-in auto-flash has an added ability to shut it off. A big feature I like is the SD slot that is compatible with SDHC, SD, MMC and MMC Pro. It sells almost everywhere for $249.
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. rotating), and size (the
SX100 is considerably smaller and lighter). Both of the cameras have 8 Megapixel
CCDs, optical image stabilization, full manual controls, and a VGA movie mode.
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-assist lamp, good low light focusing, Handy redeye removal, focus check, and Auto ISO Shift features, Nice VGA movie mode, Supports remote capture from a Mac or PC, Uses AA batteri...
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't swap memory cards while camera is on a tripod; plastic tripod mount, Tiny memory card included