Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Camera (Black)

Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Camera (Black)

Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Camera (Black)

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Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Camera (Black)


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Product Highlights

  • 12.1 MP CMOS Sensor
  • 5x Optical Zoom - 24-120mm Equivalent
  • 3.0" TFT Color Display
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 1920 x 1080p HD Video W/Stereo Sound
  • Fast f/2.0-5.9 Lens for Low Light Photos
  • Control Ring for Easy Manual Control
  • Intelligent IS Image Stabilization
  • ISO Up to 6400
  • 33 Shooting Modes for Better Control
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Canon S100 overview

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Canon's PowerShot S100 Digital Camera is an advanced compact digital camera with lots of razzle-dazzle backed up by top-notch engineering. It boasts an impressive 12.1 MP CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 5 Image Processor for razor-sharp image quality. Add to that an f/2.0-5.9 24-120mm (equivalent) zoom lens, an intuitive manual-control ring, and the superbly refined Intelligent IS image stabilization system with six different modes, and you've got yourself a recipe for superb still images and video capture. There's a slew of shooting modes to choose from, and RAW + JPEG capability too. The S100 delivers pretty much anything you might wish for in a compact digital camera--and a lot more.

Not only can you capture photos with sensitivity up to ISO 6400, you can choose the degree of control you want over exposure, white balance, focus, and more, from an extensive menu.  You can automatically produce High Dynamic Range, panoramic, fisheye, low-light and many more specialized photos with built-in programs.

And you don't have to stop at still photographs: shoot gorgeous 1080p HD video with stereo sound at up to 24 fps, or 720p at up to 30 fps--there's even a miniatures effect that blurs the top and bottom of the video frame, giving your subject the appearance of being miniatures.

The S100 is a simple point-and-shoot camera, and it's a serious image-making machine. You get to choose.

12.1 megapixel sensor combined with the DIGIC 5 Image Processor create Canon's HS SYSTEM for improved low light performance, color accuracy and image quality. The DIGIC 5 also introduces better noise reduction and advanced Multi-Area White Balance for optimized color tones of both subject and background under multiple light sources.
A fast f/2.0-5.9 lens, great for shooting portrait photography in low light conditions or using a shallow depth-of-field for great images with beautiful soft backgrounds.
3.0" PureColor TFT LCD screen with a scratch-proof hard coating and a dust-repellent fluorine coating, ensuring durability and dependable display of clear, vibrant images
Shoot beautiful 1080p HD video with stereo sound via a dedicated movie record button, and enjoy the ability to make full use of the optical zoom while recording. The camera also employs an electronic wind filter, which suppresses wind noise that can muffle or distort the sound. Play your videos back on an HDTV via the HDMI output and enjoy CEC / Consumer Electronic Control support for greater control over the playback of your images and videos (requires CEC-enabled HDTV).

Recording Time:
Full HD: 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 4.0 GB - 14 min. 34 sec
16 GB - 59 min. 40 sec
HD: 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 4.0 GB - 20 min. 43 sec
16 GB - 1 hr. 24 min. 54 sec
640 x 480 (30 fps), 4.0 GB - 43 min. 43 sec
16 GB - 2 hr. 59 min. 3 sec
Playback Modes - Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Category, Transition Effects, Histogram, Index (4-100 thumbnails), Over Exposure Warning, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Trimming, Resize, Image Inspection Tool, i-Contrast

Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing, Auto Rotate, Resume
A control ring for intuitive manual control, built for the way the serious photographer has always accessed exposure control. Focus, Exposure, ISO, Step Zoom, or White Balance can now be adjusted more rapidly and with greater convenience. Located at the base of the lens barrel, the ring enables you to select your preferences for which functions get assigned to it in different shooting modes.
Autofocus is TTL
A 5x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, plus a 24 mm wide-angle lens gets you close to your subjects as well as capture more in your frame.
Utilizes Canon's Intelligent IS with six different modes to compensate for angular and shift camera shake during shooting: Normal, Macro, Panning, Dynamic, Powered and Tripod mode help give you crisp, blur-free images in various shooting situations. For still images, the camera automatically selects the best option from the Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes, while in video capture, it chooses from Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS. Normal mode corrects for a wide range of camera movement, while Panning ensures that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement. Macro or Hybrid mode corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically happens during macro (close-up) shooting. Dynamic mode works best for wide-angle focal lengths, getting rid of unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking. In Powered mode, the S100 corrects for hand movement when shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where the camera shake effect is magnified. Tripod mode temporarily disables the Image Stabilizer, because it is no longer needed.
Full range of shooting and recording modes including RAW + JPEG for the ultimate creative control. Also, with 33 shooting / special scene modes, you're ready for whatever shot comes your way.
Best Image Selection--easy way to get great results almost every time you take a picture. When you press the shutter release, the camera will quickly shoot a series of five images, then assess them for any unwanted facial movements and camera shake. Out of the five images, the camera will select and save the best one. Image resolution is 1984 x 1488 pixels when shooting with Best Image Selection.
Face Detection and Smart Shutter--Face Detection technology makes it easy for you to take great photos of people. The camera will automatically detect the face(s) in a frame to give it optimal focus, exposure, flash (if needed) and white balance. Smart Shutter adds fun and convenience to Face Detection, since you can set the camera to release the shutter when someone winks, smiles or even enters the frame.
My Colors--My Colors Off, Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom

Shooting Modes

Smart AUTO--the camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
P (Program)--access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically. Get 2.3 shots/sec. continuous shooting.
Tv (Shutter-priority)--you select the shutter speed to stop or blur action, and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canon's noise reduction system activates to ensure low image noise.
Av (Aperture-priority)--you define the aperture to either isolate your subject or have clarity throughout the entire picture, and the camera will choose the corresponding shutter speed.
M (Manual)--the ultimate in creative control, you set both aperture and shutter speed manually.
C (Custom)--define and store your own settings to achieve the effects you prefer.
Movie Digest--record a video clip up to approx. 4 sec before capturing a still image and then combine a day's worth of clips into a video. How? The camera continuously records a "loop" of video up to 4 sec long into a space on the memory card reserved for this feature. Every time you capture a still photo, the video clip residing in memory at that time is added to a file that will eventually become the day's highlights video. The following day, the camera will start a new video file. Movie Digest does not affect regular video shooting, so you can use it and still switch between still and video capture as desired. Version 6.8 or later of the included ZoomBrowser EX (for Windows) and ImageBrowser (for Mac OS) software lets you freely select and delete unwanted scenes from your Movie Digest videos. Movie Digest videos are recorded at VGA resolution at 30 fps.
Low Light--for high quality image capture in an amazing range of dimly-lit situations.
Portrait--the camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject "pop."
Landscape--for front to back sharpness, the camera sets a small aperture, increasing depth of field.
Kids and Pets--reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won't miss those special shots.
Smart Shutter--the camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.
High-Speed Burst HQ--capture fast-action shots at full sensor resolution, by shooting continuously while the shutter button is held down
Handheld Night Scene--Take clear, steady shots at night without a tripod
Super Vivid--intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.
Poster Effect--combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
Color Accent--choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
Color Swap--select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
Monochrome--choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.
High Dynamic Range--takes three shots, of the same scene, in different exposures in succession and combines all three together into one evenly-lit image.
Nostalgic--creates the look and feel of old photographs using sepia tones and saturation.
Fisheye Effect--add a classic photo distortion without a fisheye lens.
Miniature Effect--give images a miniature look with an effect that emphasizes perspective by blurring the top and bottom of the image.

Recording Time:
HD: 1280 x 720, 5x (6 fps), 4.0 GB - 1 hr. 45 min. 52 sec
16 GB - 7 hr. 13 min. 30 sec
10x (3 fps), 4.0 GB - 3 hr. 21 min. 9 sec
16 GB - 13 hr. 43 min. 40 sec
20x (1.5 fps), 4.0 GB - 5 hr. 35 min. 16 sec
16 GB - 22 hr. 52 min. 47 sec
VGA: 640 x 480, 5x (6 fps), 4.0 GB - 3 hr. 43 min. 30 sec
16 GB - 15 hr. 15 min. 11 sec
10x (3 fps), 4.0 GB - 6 hr. 42 min. 20 sec.
16 GB - 27 hr. 27 min. 20 sec.
20x (1.5 fps), 4.0 GB - 11 hr. 10 min. 33 sec
16 GB - 45 hr. 45 min. 35 sec
Toy Camera Effect--simulates photos taken with "toy" or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges for a vignetting effect.
Beach--get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
Underwater--capture underwater images with reduced backscatter effect.
(Note: Optional Underwater Case required for shooting any underwater images.)
Foliage--capture brilliant shots of autumn foliage, greenery and blossoms.
Snow--shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
Fireworks--grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
Stitch Assist--build awe-inspiring panoramas by neatly aligning sequential images.
Creative Filters--easy access to special filter effects and scene modes, such as Toy Camera Effect, Poster Effect, Monochrome and more.
Movie--Record 1920 x 1080p video with stereo sound and zoom while recording. Unwanted scenes can be deleted in playback mode.
iFrame Movie--the Apple movie format, iFrame, makes it easier and quicker to import and upload videos while retaining high image quality. Keeping file sizes small, iFrame Movie mode makes it more convenient to upload or e-mail high-quality videos. The application has native support in compatible Mac and Windows video applications, eliminating the need for time-consuming and often quality-degrading conversions.

Recording Time: HD: 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 4.0 GB - 13 min. 35 sec
16 GB - 55 min. 38 sec
Super Slow Motion Movie--record your clips in high speed (approx. 240 fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion.

Recording Time: 640 x 480 (120 fps), 4.0 GB - 12 min. 58 sec
16 GB - 53 min. 7 sec
320 x 240 (240 fps), 4.0 GB - 25 min. 46 sec.
16 GB - 1 hr. 45 min. 35 sec

Additional Features

GPS capability--satellites collect data on latitude, longitude and altitude of an image's location, which is then stored in the image's EXIF data. Map utility software is included with the camera, enabling you to view the locations where images were captured! There's also an internal GPS logger to track each day's photographic route. Create and share custom maps and personal mini-travel guides with your friends and family!
HF-DC2 High-Power Flash compatibility--optional flash accessory operates wirelessly and increases effective flash range up to approx. 30' (9.1 m).
Built-in flash: Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Exposure compensation, FE Lock, Flash On, Flash On with Red-eye Reduction, Off, Slow Sync, Safety FE. Flash exposure compensation: -2 to +2 in 1/3 steps.
Compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC and Eye-Fi memory cards
Direct connection to Canon and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable.
Battery--Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack NB-5L (included). Shooting Capacity: Approx. 200 still shots on a full charge. Playback Time: Approx. 4.0 hr.
Available in 27 Languages--English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified / Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi and Hindi.

Canon S100 specs

Pixels Actual: 13.3 Megapixel
Effective: 12.1 Megapixel
Sensor 1/1.7" CMOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MOV
Audio: Linear PCM
Max Resolution 12 MP4000 x 3000
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 4:5, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical
Lens Effective Focal Length: 5.2 to 26mm (35 mm Equivalent: 24 to 120mm)
Aperture: f/2.0 (W) to f/5.9 (T)
Zoom Optical: 5x
Digital: 4x
Intelligent Zoom: 20x
Focus Range Wide: 1.2" to Infinity / 3.05 cm to Infinity
Telephoto: 12" to Infinity / 30.48 cm to Infinity
Wide Macro: 1.2" to 1.6' / 3.05 cm to 48.77 cm
Tele Macro: 12" to 1.6' / 30.48 cm to 48.77 cm
Normal: 2" to Infinity / 5.08 cm to Infinity
Normal: 12" to Infinity / 30.48 cm to Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80 to 6400
Shutter 15 to 1/2000 Seconds 
Exposure Metering Center-Weighted, Evaluative, Face Detection, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: AE Lock, Aperture Priority, Auto ISO Shift, Manual, Program, Program Shift, Safety Shift, i-Contrast
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten, Underwater
Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 9.6 fps for up to 8 Frames
Self-Timer 10 Sec
Flash Modes Auto
Auto/Red-Eye Reduction
Exposure Compensation
FE Lock
Flash On
Flash On w/ Red-Eye Reduction
Slow Sync
Built-In Flash Yes
Effective Flash Range Wide:1.6 to 23' / 0.5 to 7.01 m
Telephoto:1.6 to 7.5' / 0.5 to 2.3 m
External Flash Connection None
Memory Card Type SD
Still Images per GB JPEG: 42at Max Resolution to 10,295 at Min Resolution
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Video Clip Length Up to 30 Minutes
Audio Recording With Video (Stereo)
Viewfinder Type None
Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (461,000 Pixels)
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Connectivity AV Output
HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0
Battery NB-5L Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7 VDC
AC Power Adapter CA-DC10 (Not Included)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.1" / 99.1 x 58.4 x 27.9 mm
Weight 6.1 oz / 172.9 g (Camera Only)
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.25 x 4.5 x 2.75"

Canon S100 reviews

PowerShot S100 Digital Camera (Black) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 318.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great pocket size camera My wife likes to take picture of our kids, but she doesn't like to use my DSLR camera. So two years ago, I bought a s95 for her as gift. She loves it so much. Recently, I suprised her with the S100...So far she enjoyed very much. What we like about the s100: 1. Great picture quality - in low light - no flash 2. Shoot fast 3. Feel very solid, hand grip, and new texture 4. Great 1080P video 5. GPS What we don't like about the S100: 1. No Auto ISO setting in M mode My wife loves the Canon PSC-900 Deluxe Leather Case. The camera much more elegant with this case. Also, my wife loves the
Date published: 2011-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable camera I was previously a DSLR 7D owner, but portability was significantly lacking and I would miss so many shots by not having my gear. Sold all my gear once Canon posted a notice of the upcoming S100, had to week a little bit till this camera started shipping. Have been using for a week now and without hesitating I can say that this is an amazing camera, it may lack image quality due to its small sensor, but its CR2 Raw capability offers a chance to make up the difference to a point. Image stabilization is amazing, can go full zoom and it holds steady. Video quality is outstanding with its 24fps 1080p and again with image stabilization video looks smooth.
Date published: 2011-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I am thrilled with my S100 I bought this to replace my S90 because of its greater zoom range and faster shooting ability. After a week of use I'm still happy with my choice. I carry it with me when it's too inconvenient to carry my G12. I really like the more grippy surface of the body and the handy built-in grips compared to the S90. Chromatic aberration seems to be better controlled than the S90. The camera starts up quickly and the power zoom is fast and smooth. I just made a 10x15 print today and it looks great. An optical viewfinder would be nice but that would make the camera bulkier. The G12 has one, but it's so small and inaccurate that I don't use it.
Date published: 2012-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fell in love i bought this camera as a more portable, pocketable camera (i have a DSLR that seems to stay in the bag or the studio most of the time.) initially, i was put off by the plethora of bells and whistles and modes and effects. but the controls quickly became easy to use, on the way toward intuative, with a little more experience. it feels great in my hand - good solid weight, good handgrips (i have big hands), the screen on the back is big and bright. i think the images i've gotten are every bit as good as what i get from my big olympus. i was ready to return it, but quickly came to realize that it was an excellent investment.
Date published: 2012-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far so great The S100 is a great camera for anyone who wants to have a lot of control over the look of a point and shoot photo. As a professional photographer, I don't always shoot with little cameras because I won't be satisfied with the quality. This camera inspires me to take it everywhere and really capture a lot of memories. The manual controls are very intuitive and the quality is remarkable. I also like the solid build. The GPS doesn't always pick up a signal and isn't the most accurate and the battery life isn't great. Otherwise there isn't too much I would change on this little gem.
Date published: 2012-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yup . . . This is the one. I use this when I don't want to haul out my Canon T3i, for example family and friends casual shots, etc. Everything about this camera is simple though deep in ability. It's a joy to work with and the picture quality is truly satisfactory. I can only think of one tiny negative, really tiny, and that is that the flash pops up where I would hold the camera and surprises me. Also, you have to power off to retract the flash from what I've been able to determine. Really small negative and I'll probably get used to it and not notice it after using the camera for a while. Otherwise, completely satisfied with everything about this piece.
Date published: 2012-02-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an amazing camera! I use this camera as my sidekick camera to my Canon 7D. The S100 is probably the best point and shoot ever made. All of the photos come out crystal clear. The lens is great for any kind of wide angle shots and even the digital zoom is of decent quality. The S100 has the best controlability of any point and shoot. Its a DSLR in a tiny box. One of the best things are all the filters and customizable settings. Another great thing is the 240fps slow motion video. The only downfall the battery life. After about 200shots the battery needs some recharging. But this camera is so worth it that you can just get 2 batteries and you'll be fine.
Date published: 2012-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Low light photo function is a winner! As a long time user of Canon cameras I have always appreciated the ease of use and the overall functionality of Canon products. In my estimation, the PowerShot S100 is the best Canon camera I have used. The camera is easy to use and takes great photos -- you would have to move up to using a DSLR camera to get better pictures. In particular, I am delighted with the quality of the photos I took in low light on a recent trip to France. Photos taken at night while walking around Paris including photos from the top of the Eiffel tower were better than anything I have ever taken using previous PowerShot cameras. The low light photos taken in the cellars of a vineyard in the Champagne district were of excellent quality. This camera is a winner!
Date published: 2012-03-26
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