Hands-On Review: Canon PowerShot S100



The Canon PowerShot S100 is an advanced compact camera that features a large-for-its-class CMOS sensor and an impressive 12.1-megapixel count. Powered by the DIGIC 5 image processor, this camera is capable of performing quickly while producing tremendous results.

This performance, coupled with Canon’s HS SYSTEM, helps the S100 achieve notable low-light sensitivity up to ISO 6400, advanced noise reduction and a quickened burst rate of 9.6 fps for up to 8 full-resolution shots. Full HD 1080p video with stereo sound is supported and can be output via HDMI to watch on your HDTV. The 5x optical zoom lens features a wide maximum aperture of f/2 for depth-of-field control, and an intelligent image stabilization system helps to reduce camera shake, even at full zoom. This camera supports manual operation or can make use of the Smart Auto mode to have the camera automatically decide the exposure settings for you. For traveling purposes, the S100 features a built-in GPS module that automatically embeds location data into your image files, which can then be accessed and plotted to maps from your computer.

Camera Type Compact digital point and shoot
Sensor Size 1/1.7"
Sensor Type CMOS
Total Pixels 13.3MP
Effective Pixels 12.1MP
Lens Focal Length 5.2-26mm (24-120mm equivalent)
Maxium Aperture f/2.0-5.9
Focusing Range Auto & Manual W: 1.2" / 3 cm-infinity
Auto& Manual T: 12" / 30 cm-infinity
Normal AF W: 2" / 5 cm-infinity
Normal AF T: 12" / 30 cm-infinity
Macro W: 1.2"-1.6' / 3-50 cm
Macro T: 1-1.6' / 30-50 cm
Focus System TTL autofocus, manual
LCD Monitor 3.0" 461K-dot TFT-LCD
LCD Coverage 100%
Shutter Speed 15-1/2000 sec.
ISO Sensitivity Auto, ISO 80-6400
Light Metering Method Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Exposure Control Method Program AE, i-Contrast, Manual; AE Lock, Program Shift, Safety Shift, Auto ISO Shift
Exposure Compensation +/- 3 EV in 1/3 steps
White Balance Control Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom
Built-In Flash Modes Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro
Flash Range Wide: 1.6-23' / 0.5-7m
Tele: 1.6-7.5' / 0.5-2.3m
Recycling Time 10 sec. or less
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3 steps
Shooting Modes C, M, Av, Tv, P, Auto, SCN, Creative Filters, Movie
Scene Modes Movie Digest, Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, Smart Shutter, High-Speed Burst HQ, Handheld Night Scene, Beach, Underwater, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist
Creative Filters High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap
Movie Modes Standard, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie
Photo Effects My Colors Off, Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom
Wireless Control Not Available
Self Timer 2, 10 sec., custom
Continuous Shooting 2.3 fps (in P-mode)
9.6 fps (up to 8 frames, High-Speed Burst HQ)
Storage Media SD, SDHC, SDXC (Eye-Fi support)
File Format Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Recording Format Normal, Fine
Still Image File Type JPEG, RAW
Movie File Type MOV (Image: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM stereo)
Number of Recording Pixels [16:9]
Large: 4000 x 2248
Medium 1: 2816 x 1584
Medium 2: 1920 x 1080
Small: 640 x 360

Large: 4000 x 2664
Medium 1: 2816 x 1880
Medium 2: 1600 x 1064
Small: 640 x 424

Large: 4000 x 3000
Medium 1: 2816 x 2112
Medium 2: 1600 x 1200
Small: 640 x 480
RAW: 4000 x 3000

Large: 2992 x 2992
Medium 1: 2112 x 2112
Medium 2: 1200 x 1200
Small: 480 x 480

Large: 2400 x 3000
Medium 1: 1696 x 2112
Medium 2: 960 x 1200
Small: 384 x 480

Playback Modes Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2-10x), 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 

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, Hindi
Video Out NTSC/PAL
Audio Out Stereo
Power Source NB-5L rechargeable lithium-ion battery or optional AC adapter
Shooting Capacity Approx. 200 shots
Playback Time Approx. 4 hours
Operating Humimdity 10-90%
Operating Temperature 32-104°F / 0-40°C
Dimensions 3.9 x 2.3 x 1.1" / 9.9 x 6 x 2.7cm
Weight 7 oz / 198 g



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