Canon PowerShot S100 (Black)
Manufacturer: Canon Part number: 5244B001
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CNET editors' review
price range: $339.00 - $562.68
- Reviewed by: Lori Grunin
- Reviewed on: 11/17/2011
- Released on: 11/30/2011
The good: A great little camera with advanced features, the Canon PowerShot S100 builds on the strengths of its excellent predecessor.
The bad: 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.
The bottom line: The Canon PowerShot S100 is a generally great little camera for advanced shooters who don't mind slowing down a bit from a dSLR.
Pretty Good Enthusiast Compact!
by AngeloGraves on February 5, 2012
Pros: The optics are great
The macro is great, and coupled with that fast lens
LCD screen is amazingly bright and crisp
Very solid build and well constructed
video is excellent for a compact camera
Cons: Autofocus performance has not improved over the S95
Summary: Let me start off by saying that my copy of this camera does not appear to have any issues with its image quality. I'm not saying that I don'...
Summary: Let me start off by saying that my copy of this camera does not appear to have any issues with its image quality. I'm not saying that I don't believe that there are some initial quality issues with this this camera. It's just that my camera seems to work fine in that regard.
That said... at lower ISOs, I really don't see a monumental difference in RAW or JPEG between it and the S95. At ISO400 and above however...there is noticeably less noise in the S100 pics. I wouldn't go as far as to say that ISO1600 is completely noise free on the S100 but it does deliver a much cleaner picture than the S95 did. Detail capture is about the same between the two cameras. Which is to say, pretty darn good. One thing I have noticed though is that the default colors are a little flatter on the S100 vs. the S95. But this is not necessarily a bad thing. It allows you a little more room to adjust it as you see fit.
The camera feels about the same as its predecessors. Very solid build and well constructed. You have a thumb rest on the back of the camera and a tiny indent in the front for gripping. So the camera is very comfortable to shoot with. It also has an extended 5x zoom range.
Like it predecssors, one of the hallmarks of the S100 is the rotating ring on the front which you can customize to adjust almost any function you want in the camera. I cannot overemphasize how useful this feature is. My preference is customize to adjust shutter speed but you can also use it adjust ISO and aperture.
You have two menus on the camera, the regular menu and then the function menu. The function menu contains the most-accessed shooting settings (ISO adjustment, changing from JPEG to RAW). While the rest of the settings are under the regular menu.
Shooting performance is a mixed bag. Shot-to-shot times have improved on the S100 and it is quicker to start up. However, autofocus performance has not improved over the S95. It's acceptable, but, it's disappointing to see that Canon has not improved this aspect of performance over its predecessor.
The video is excellent for a compact camera. Generally very clean and excellent audio. It wouldn't take the place of a camcorder. But it's a great choice if you want a camera that shoots quick videos of decent quality.
The S100 is very good camera but I don't think in some respects it's a very compelling upgrade from the S95. It's picture quality at lower ISOs is virtually the same and its shooting performance hasn't made big enough of a leap. So if you primarily shoot stills at lower ISOs and don't do a lot of night shooting, you really aren't gaining much by upgrading. But if you shoot a lot in low light, want the extra zoom, and/or are new to the S series from Canon. The S100 should be at the top of your list. And if you're will buy the S100, I suggest you have to check for cheap price before you decide at: Checkingprices.info/canon-powershot-s100/
Hope my review helps.
8 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
...its "right up there" with the S90 & S95
by Irma_P on December 21, 2011
Pros: Quality-wise and operational-wise "it's right up there" with its two predecessors (the S90 and S95)... both of which I own. So, if you are or were the happy owner of either of those 2 cameras, you may be comfortable and relatively pleased with this.
Cons: Its grip, which is a modification from the S90 and S95, is next to worthless from a functional point of view as it's too shallow to serve any real purpose. I intend to add a Franiec grip to give mine a bit more class and improved grip-ability.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Spectacular Point and Shoot that rivals DSLRs
by maxdabrit on November 19, 2012
Pros: Picture quality is just fantastic across any ambient light.
Cons: Date and time stamp is not removeable from Pictures
Summary: I have owned 2 of these cameras (kids cracked the original's LCD screen). I did not hesitate to buy the same camera, 10 months after the original purchase-Jan 2012. ...
Summary: I have owned 2 of these cameras (kids cracked the original's LCD screen). I did not hesitate to buy the same camera, 10 months after the original purchase-Jan 2012.
This camera simply captures fabulous pictures in all light conditions. The wider angle and depth of field is just awesome and I have never seen a small camera consistently perform without a hitch.
Apologies to my wife , but even she loves using this because it is a foolproof camera that takes great pictures (video is also fine). Children's class visits are no longer recorded via crappy pictures that frustrate me when I come home from work.
I have owned Fuji,many Panasonics and several other Canons (including currently a T2i DSLR) and I have never observed a better compact camera.
If it broke again, I would absolutely re-buy this camera, a third time.
search online for "Canon S100 recall"
by ericpease on July 23, 2012
Pros: great low light pics
Cons: got the dreaded "lens error" on the 3rd day of a 2 week vacation. lens would not retract. had to send back to Canon for the free repair under warranty. search on "Canon S100 recall" for details.
What a fantastic camera!
by CAD12 on April 9, 2012
Pros: Picture Quality, Features, Ergonomics, Manual Controls, Build Quality
Cons: Battery Life (it's the only reason I gave 4.5 stars instead of 5)
Summary: I will update this review after playing with this camera for a longer time. However, at the moment, I'm incredibly impressed at what this camera does in such a ...
Summary: I will update this review after playing with this camera for a longer time. However, at the moment, I'm incredibly impressed at what this camera does in such a compact size. Color quality is fantastic. The macro feature is fantastic. I have been a enthusiastic amature photographer for over 20 years, using cameras that go all the way back to the canon A1' to the A2E and a newer rebel DSLR. I've had multiple simpler PaS cameras which I have always been disappointed with - I've been looking for that wonderful smaller camera that has all of the manual controls I want and has great image quality - this camera wraps all that up and more. Very impressed.
Only thing to keep note of: if you're going to be out with this camera for more than half a day, bring a second battery...
Pretty bad quality camera...
by ZorkonMilxx on April 9, 2012
Pros: Good list of specs if it works
The camera feels sturdy and i like magnesium alloy casing feels good to the touch
Cons: Severe Quality issues,
Pretty slow to start to focus to zoom,
The images are not sharp, autofocus sometimes just doesn't do its job,
No optical viewfinder......
Summary: As a faithful Canon User i am disappointed!!! I like the design of the camera and judging from the predecessors S90 and S95 I hoped that the S100 will be ...
Summary: As a faithful Canon User i am disappointed!!! I like the design of the camera and judging from the predecessors S90 and S95 I hoped that the S100 will be a pinacle of point and shoot cameras, but I was wrong...
After 4 months of owning S100 i took it out of my bag and started taking some indoor photos. I took 3 shots and camera was unable to autofocus it just failed and lens remained outside, there was an error message "Lens Error please restart camera" which i did but it staid stuck lake that with and "open" lens and now its in the repair shop so probably 4 weeks without a point and shoot camera POOR JOB Canon!!!
This is a 3rd Canon power shot camera that have just failed on me! I just can't recommend Canon anymore stay clear from point and shoots made by Canon there are better cameras out there for the money!
- Manufacturer: Canon
- Part number: 5244B001
- Description: The PowerShot S100 uses Canon EOS sensor know-how and the DIGIC 5 processor to deliver exceptional images even in low light. With an f/2.0 lens, RAW and GPS this is an expert compact with impact. A bright f/2.0 lens further extends your ability to shoot in darker conditions. A 24 mm ultra-wide angle setting lets you take stunning landscapes and a flexible 5x zoom gets you up close. Intelligent IS automatically selects exactly the right optical Image Stabilizer setting from 7 possible modes to ensure sharp, detailed photos and videos.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Digital camera - Compact
- Enclosure Color Black
- Resolution 12.1 megapixels
- Optical Sensor Type CMOS
- Total Pixels 13,300,000 pixels
- Effective Sensor Resolution 12,100,000 pixels
- Optical Sensor Size 1/1.7"
- Optical Zoom 5 x
- Digital Zoom 4 x
- Image Processor DIGIC 5
- Image Stabilizer Optical
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- AE/AF Control Subject-tracking AF
- Digital Video Format MOV,
- Image Recording Format JPEG,
RAW + JPEG
- Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
- AV Interfaces HDMI,
Exposure & White Balance
- Light Sensitivity ISO 5000,
- Exposure Metering Evaluative,
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Shooting Programs Handheld night shot,
Kids & pets,
Hi-speed burst HQ,
- Special Effects Miniature,
Black & White,
Darker Skin Tone,
Lighter Skin Tone,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Daylight,
Fluorescent light (cool white),
- Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec
- Min Shutter Speed 15 sec
- Exposure Compensation ±3 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps
- Type 5 x x Zoom lens - 5.2 mm - 26 mm - F/2.0-5.9
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 24 - 120 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Min Focus Range 1.2 in
- Macro Focus Range 1 in - 19.7 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Features UA lens,
Built-in lens shield
- Camera Flash Pop-up flash
- Flash Modes Fill-in mode,
Flash OFF mode,
- Features Flash +/- compensation,
- Effective Flash Range 1.6 ft - 23 ft
- Continuous Shooting Speed 9.6 frames per second for 8 frames,
2.3 frames per second
- Self Timer Delay 2 sec,
0 - 10 sec,
- Additional Features Digital image rotation,
Display brightness control,
In-camera red-eye fix,
Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB,
Eye-Fi Card Ready,
Resizing an image,
Cropping an image,
Subject tracking technology,
I-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system,
Face Detection Self-timer,
Blink Detection technology,
Subject Detection technology,
Smile Detection technology,
Exif Print support,
Motion Detection Technology,
Smile Detection Auto Shutter,
Digital noise reduction,
In-camera movie editing,
1080p Full HD movie recording,
USB 2.0 compatibility,
- Viewfinder Type None
- Type 3 in LCD display
- Display Features Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Stereo
- Microphone Features Wind noise reduction
- Connector Type 1 x Hi-Speed USB,
1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x HDMI output
- Software Canon ZoomBrowser EX,
Canon Digital Photo Professional,
Drivers & Utilities,
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Operating System Support Apple Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.6,
MS Windows XP SP3,
MS Windows 7,
MS Windows Vista SP2,
MS Windows 7 SP1
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Microsoft Certifications Compatible with Windows 7
- Included Accessories Battery charger,
- Supported Battery Canon NB-5L
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( Included )
Memory / Storage
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Supported Memory Cards SDHC Memory Card,
SD Memory Card,
SDXC Memory Card
- Image Storage Normal,
Fine JPEG 4000 x 3000,
JPEG 4000 x 2664,
JPEG 4000 x 2248,
JPEG 2816 x 2112,
JPEG 2816 x 1880,
JPEG 2816 x 1584,
JPEG 1600 x 1200,
JPEG 1920 x 1080,
JPEG 1600 x 1064,
JPEG 640 x 480,
JPEG 640 x 424,
JPEG 640 x 360,
JPEG 2992 x 2992,
JPEG 2112 x 2112,
JPEG 1200 x 1200,
JPEG 480 x 480,
JPEG 2400 x 3000,
JPEG 1696 x 2112,
JPEG 960 x 1200,
JPEG 480 x 384
- Video Capture H.264 - 1920 x 1080,
H.264 - 1280 x 720,
H.264 - 640 x 480,
iFrame - 1280 x 720,
H.264 - 640 x 480,
H.264 - 320 x 240,
H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect,
H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect,
H.264 - 640 x 480 - Miniature Effect,
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect,
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect,
H.264 - 1280 x 720 - Miniature Effect
- Service & Support 1 year limited warranty
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 3.9 in
- Depth 1.1 in
- Height 2.4 in
- Weight 6.1 oz
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 104 °F
- Image stabilizer feature Optical stabilization helps prevent blurry pictures, especially for handheld cameras at slow shutter speeds or when using high optical zoom.