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Canon PowerShot S100 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Silver)

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  • 12.1 effective megapixel, 1/1.73-inch high-sensitivity CMOS sensor
  • 3-inch TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle
  • DIGIC 5 image processor
  • Full 1080p HD video with stereo sound
  • 24mm wide-angle lens (5x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom and 20x combined zoom) with optical image stabilizer
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  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
  • HD Compatible

Review summary from DPReview

DPReview Silver AwardDecember 2011
The PowerShot S100 is a capable compact camera with very good image quality, responsive performance, manual controls (plus Raw support), full HD video, and a built-in GPS.
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Conclusion

For photographers who like to take control over their cameras the S100 provides a near DSLR-like level of manual control in an easily pocketable 'take-anywhere' camera.

Reasons to buy

  • Very good image quality, especially at low ISO settings.
  • Fast operation
  • Bright LCD screen is easy to see in daylight
  • Good manual controls, with Raw support
  • Integrated GPS allows you to geo-tag your images.

Things to consider

  • Manual focus preview resolution is too low to be useful
  • Auto ISO is limited to 1600
  • Pop-up flash can be blocked by your finger

Suggested for

Someone looking for a good amount of manual control and raw shooting capability in a small, fast pocket camera.

Not suggested for

Anything that requires a greater telephoto reach such as sports or wildlife.
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Optical Zoom 5 multiplier x 3.8 multiplier x 5 multiplier x 4 multiplier x
Viewfinder None None fixed LCD None
Max Resolution 12.1 megapixels 10 megapixels 16.8 12.1 megapixels
Video Capture Resolution 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (120, 30 fps), 320 x 240 (240, 30 fps) 1280 x 720 (24 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 240 fps)
Image Stabilization Optical Optical Optical Optical
Battery Description Lithium-Ion NB-5L rechargeable battery & charger Lithium-Ion NB-6L rechargeable battery & charger Information not Provided Lithium-Ion NB-4L rechargeable battery & charger
Display Size 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches
Flash Memory SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus card SD, SDHC, SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus
Dimensions 2.36 inches x 3.9 inches x 1.1 inches 2.28 inches x 3.94 inches x 1.18 inches 2.24 inches x 0.79 inches x 3.67 inches 2.2 inches x 3.66 inches x 0.79 inches
Optical Sensor Resolution 12.1 megapixels 10 megapixels 16.1 megapixels 12.1 megapixels
Optical Sensor Technology CMOS CCD CMOS CMOS
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Color: Silver
Canon PowerShot S100 Details [50.1MB PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 1.1 x 2.4 inches ; 7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005MTMEKI
  • Item model number: PowerShot S100 (SL)
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (686 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,768 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 14, 2011

Product Description

Color: Silver

Product Description

PowerShot FS100 Digital Camera (Silver) What's in the Box: PowerShot S100 Body, Battery Pack NB-5L, Battery Charger CB-2LX, Wrist Strap WS-DC11, USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU, Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

From the Manufacturer

ELPH S100 Sleek and Serious

The PowerShot S100 is a sophisticated pocket-friendly point-and-shoot digital camera that has the power advanced Canon PowerShot S100 at Amazon.comusers and enthusiasts need to create standout images. As with other PowerShot cameras, the compact PowerShot S100 incorporates all of the advanced Canon technologies that make capturing superb photos and video as easy as pressing a button. As automatic or manual as you need it to be, the PowerShot S100 is a serious photographic tool, which incorporates the Canon HS SYSTEM, now featuring the new DIGIC 5 Image Processor.  The fast f/2.0 lens helps you tackle unfavorable lighting and capture breathtaking portraits with beautiful, shallow depth-of-field. 12.1 Megapixels ensure crisp, richly detailed images, and a 5x Optical Zoom provides an excellent all-around range to shoot near or far. 


Experience the Power


Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor

The latest-generation Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor brings phenomenal increases in processing speed and power.  Improved chip architecture and algorithms deliver greatly expanded functionality with further refinement in image quality.
Improved noise reduction produces clearer images when shooting in low light at high ISO speeds. Enhanced i-Contrast performance adjusts differences between light and dark areas to achieve even more natural-looking results.
The faster processing speed also results in faster continuous shooting capability while maintaining full image quality. The DIGIC 5 Image Processor also makes possible a new, highly advanced automatic white balance system. Whereas conventional white balance makes an overall adjustment based on a single type of light source, the new Canon Multi-Area White Balance analyzes several areas of the image to determine whether different adjustments are needed, for example, for the main subject and the background.
Noise Reduction
Conventional Image Processor
White Balance
With DIGIC 5 Image Processor
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Canon CMOS Sensor

The PowerShot S100 digital camera employs a new Canon 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor. Inheriting much of the advanced technology developed for Canon EOS DSLR cameras, this sensor delivers state-of-the-art imaging performance and is optimized for use in compact cameras, such as the PowerShot S100. Utilizing a sophisticated light-capturing design, it provides high sensitivity for improved high ISO capture without increased noise. It is also a high-speed design, capable of rapidly capturing and moving image data to the processor, enabling faster continuous shooting and faster autofocus.

Canon HS SYSTEM

The Canon HS SYSTEM lets you take bright, clear photos in an even wider range of shooting situations. Beautiful low-light shots are possible with minimal noise and maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas. The system is the result of two technologies brought together in PowerShot cameras: a high-sensitivity imaging sensor, which is able to capture more light; and the DIGIC Image Processor, which actively reduces noise with high-speed image processing. The 12.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor in the PowerShot S100 incorporates advanced light reception technology that enhances sensitivity. The new DIGIC 5 Image Processor provides a major boost in noise reduction, expanding the usable ISO range to an amazing high of ISO 6400. The Canon HS SYSTEM thus lets you use higher shutter speeds to capture clearer images with reduced noise and blur.

Memorable Moments in Spectacular FULL HD

In addition to the Canon HS SYSTEM, the combination of the advanced CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor in the PowerShot S100 makes it possible to shoot crisp, clear high definition video. Imagine the fun and excitement of being able to shoot spectacular 1080p Full HD video with stereo sound that you can later watch on your HDTV or download to your computer to share with family and friends. In addition to being able to shoot Full HD 1080p video at 24* frames per second, the PowerShot S100 can also shoot 720p HD video at 30** frames per second.

HDTV Playback via HDMI with CEC Support

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It's easy to enjoy and share the videos you shoot with the PowerShot S100. Simply connect its HDMI terminal to your HDTV using an HDMI cable. And because the PowerShot S100 supports HDMI-CEC technology, youíll be able to control the playback of your images and videos on any CEC-enabled HDTV using the TVís remote control. (CEC ñ Consumer Electronic Control ñ is part of the HDMI specification, enabling components in a system to communicate with one another.)


iFrame Movie Support

It’s easy to enjoy and share the videos you shoot with the PowerShot S100. Simply connect its HDMI terminal to your HDTV using an Canon PowerShot S100 at Amazon.comHDMI cable (included). And because the PowerShot S100 supports HDMI-CEC technology, you’ll be able to control the playback of your images and videos on any CEC-enabled HDTV using the TV’s remote control. (CEC – Consumer Electronic Control – is part of the HDMI specification, enabling components in a system to communicate with one another.)


Experience the Power

Full range of Shooting and Recording Modes Including RAW + JPEG

The PowerShot S100 lets you shoot in RAW mode, which captures images that are uncompressed and essentially unprocessed by the camera. Often the choice of advanced photographers, RAW images can be processed in your computer using Canon DPP (Digital Photo Professional) or other compatible third-party software. Creative control is completely in your hands as you adjust a wide range of variables to produce exactly the final image you want. The camera can also be set to allow the simultaneous recording of both RAW and JPEG images while shooting.

Control Ring

Focus, Exposure, ISO, Step Zoom, or White Balance can now be adjusted more quickly and convenientlyCanon PowerShot S100 at Amazon.com with the PowerShot S100’s control ring. Located at the base of the lens barrel, the ring is more intuitive than other types of controls for many experienced photographers. The functions that can be assigned to the control ring vary with shooting mode, and you can set your preferences quickly using the dedicated ring function selector button.

GPS Technology

The PowerShot S100 digital camera is equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS)* technology. Now Canon PowerShot S100 at Amazon.comyou can travel the world and let the camera automatically record the locations and local times of your stills and videos. The camera can also use the GPS unit to automatically set the exact time. You can maximize the usefulness of the GPS feature by using the special bundled Map Utility software that makes it fun to share the memories of your world adventures. In addition to displaying all your photos’ locations on a world map, the camera’s GPS system can also track your route from photo to photo – a great way to visualize each trip! You can also create and share custom maps and personal mini-travel guides with friends and family members.

A Steady Image is a Beautiful Image

Intelligent IS

The latest advance in Canon Optical Image Stabilization technology, Intelligent IS analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes. When shooting video, the system automatically selects among Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS modes. With Intelligent IS, you can concentrate on image capture, letting the camera make the most effective IS settings to assure the steadiest possible image.
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Normal
Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills.
Panning
Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement.
Hybrid
Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting.
Dynamic
Effective for video shooting at wide-angle focal lengths, eliminating the unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking.
Powered
Compensates for hand movement when shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where camera shake is magnified.
Tripod
When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed.

Shooting Modes/Special Scene Modes
Custom Define and store your own settings to achieve the effects you prefer.
Manual
You have complete control of exposure, selecting both aperture and shutter speed manually.
Aperture-Priority
You set the aperture, controlling depth-of-field. The camera automatically selects the shutter speed.
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.
Program Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
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.
Movie Digest Records a video clip before capturing a still image and then combines one day’s worth of clips into a video.
Portrait The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject “pop.”
Kids & Pets Reduced focusing time freezes fast-moving subjects, so you won't miss those special shots.
Landscape
Increases depth-of-field for sharp and sweeping landscape 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 when the shutter button is held down.
Handheld Night Scene Take clear and steady pictures at night without the use of a tripod.
Beach Beach Get clear shots of people at a sunny beach without darkened faces.
Underwater Capture underwater images with reduced backscatter effect. Optional Underwater Case required.
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
Easy-to-use guidelines simplify the shooting of aligned multiple frames that can later be combined (using bundled software) to create panoramic photos.
Creative Filters
This setting provides easy access to special filter effects and scene modes, such as Toy Camera Effect, Poster Effect, Monochrome and more.
High Dynamic Range
The camera combines three different exposures to get one evenly lit image.
Super Slow Motion Movie Record your clips in high speed (approx. 240 fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion.
Program Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
Fisheye Effect Add a classic photo distortion without a fisheye lens.
Nostalgic
Create the look and feel of old photographs using sepia tones and black-and-white.
Fisheye Effect
Add a classic photo distortion without a fisheye lens.
Miniature Effect for Movies & Stills Emphasizes perspectives for a miniature effect by blurring upper and bottom portions of the image.
Toy Camera Effect Simulates photos taken with "toy" or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.
Poster Effect Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
Monochrome Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.
Super Vivid
Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.
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.
Movie The camera takes five photos in succession, and then chooses the best one out of the bunch.
Super Slow Motion Movie
Record your clips in high speed (approx. 240 fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion.
iFrame Movie The Apple® movie format, iFrame, makes it easier and quicker to import and upload videos while retaining high image quality.


Customer Reviews

When I got home, I sent back to Canon for the free warranty repair.
Eric Pease
Canon has packed a lot of performance and features into the S100 and things have improved a lot since the last time I looked at the "pocketable" digital camera market.
Roger J. Buffington
Very clear and takes great pictures, it's of good quality as well and the videos are great too.
Angela Barnhart

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,600 of 1,632 people found the following review helpful By Sheraz A. Choudhary on November 4, 2011
Color Name: Black
I owned five Powershot S Series (s30,s50,s60,s80,s90) cameras prior to purchasing the s100. I took close to 100,000 photos with my s90 in the two years that I owned it. I am a semi-professional photographer that owns multiple Canon EOS DSLR cameras with L lenses.

First off, I don't think it's fair to compare the s100 to DSLRs, APS-C, Four Thirds cameras. These large sensor cameras are in another class and even my really old Canon 10D with 6MPs will at low ISO have better image quality than the s100. If you don't mind a larger camera that is not pocketable and are willing to spend more, the s100 is not the best camera for you. For example, the Sony NEX-5N will give superior results to the s100 in nearly all situations.

The s90, s95 and now s100 are all unique in that the are truly pocketable--all the competitors are too large for pant pockets (Panasonic LX5, Olympus XZ-1, FujiFilm X10). Some of these cameras are quite good and all of them provide faster lenses across the zoom range (the s100's size precludes a faster zoom lens). But none of these competitors are comfortably pocketable--this means that the s100 has practically no competition for it's size as a truely pocketable semi-pro camera.

If you don't need the manual control, the Canon 300HS will also take great pictures for less than half the price in a smaller/slimmer camera body. The s100 does have a great AUTO mode and multiple Scene modes which in most situations does an excellent job. But shooting both the s100 and 300HS in AUTO will lead to very similar results. The s100 differentiates itself by providing excellent manual control and the ability to shoot RAW images.
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279 of 294 people found the following review helpful By AudioFan on November 3, 2011
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At the time of this writing the S100 was just released. I recently bought the S95 on the recommendation of a friend who is an avid photographer, thinking the S100 would not be released until much later. The S100 just started showing up in stores so I bought it as well, intending to return one of the cameras. So I had the opportunity to compare them both!

To preface, I'm an intermediate level photographer, and it is just a hobby. I do own a DSLR, but it is one of the lower end models in the DSLR world. Still, I have become comfortable with manual adjustments and own a few lenses for it. However the majority of my pictures end up being taken with the camera most conveniently at hand (iPhone), and in this case I was looking for something that could offer a big step up in image quality without having to carry the larger DSLR.

Both the S95 and S100 are excellent cameras. However, there are key points about the S100 that give it the advantage. The rubber grips on the front and back are excellent. The flash pops up on both the S95/S100 where you would naturally place your left hand. Having the rubber grips for your right hand allows this to be a one-handed camera, or at least allows better support with the right hand since the left hand may not be able to rest where it feels most natural, which for me tends to involve a finger resting on top of the flash. This is an issue for both the S95 and S100, but the S100 mitigates it by having better support for the right hand - the rubber grips and better shutter button position. More on that next.

The shutter button is larger on the S100. This feels more natural and easier to access. Also the position of the shutter button has been moved more towards the right edge. It may seem small but this is a big improvement.
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245 of 259 people found the following review helpful By Par4DaCourse on April 15, 2012
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I began getting a lens error. This disables the camera from taking photos. At first, it was very infrequent and intermittent, but got worse. It didn't gradually get worse, but in giant leaps. I returned it to Canon for repair. They sent it back saying it was fixed. It worked for one day, then the lens error came back 100% of the time, worse than ever. I sent it back asking for a new one, but the Canon rep said that they had to look at it first. Now, I have to wait a couple more weeks. My expectations of Canon product and service quality were definitely not met.

UPDATE May 4, 2012: I got it back. It took 2 1/2 weeks. I popped in the battery and SD card, powered up and guess what... lens error. Lens stuck in the open position. Took out the battery, put it back in and powered up again. Problem gone. Turned it off and on about a dozen times. Still no problems. Took out the battery, put it back in and powered up again. Turned it off and on a few more times. No problems. But that initial lens error gives me absolutely no confidence that the problem will not come back.

UPDATE May 5, 2012: LENS ERROR. AUGH!!!

UPDATE: May 24, 2012: A couple weeks ago, I sent my camera in to the Canon service center for the 3rd time. I wrote a detailed description of the problem and requested that the technician contact me when making the repair. Also called and emailed customer support explaining how frustrating this problem is and I wanted to make sure that they took extra care in repairing this camera. No contact from the technician. Received camera yesterday. Turned it on this morning, worked fine. Turned it on this afternoon. LENS ERROR! Turned it on tonight, LENS ERROR again.

UPDATE June 1, 2012: I returned the camera (for the 4th time).
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