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Canon PowerShot S100 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide-Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black) (OLD MODEL)
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Overall score: 72%
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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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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||200 Photos|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2.3 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||461,000|
|Display Size||0.12 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||6,400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||80|
|External Memory Included||No|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Modes Description||Auto, Manual|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Focus Description||AiAF TTL|
|Focus Type||Autofocus & Manual|
|ISO Range||Auto, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.36 x 1.1 x 3.9 inches|
|Item Display Weight||198 grams|
|Item Weight||0.44 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||4.81 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||7.4 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||3 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||3 cm|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year limited|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.0 - F5.9|
|Maximum Focal Length||120 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/2000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,000|
|Memory Storage Capacity||4 GB|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||15 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||12.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||Digic 5|
|Processor Model Number||S100|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||0.95 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion NB-5L rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||H.264, Motion JPEG|
|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)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
Review summary from DPReview
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.
Scoring is relative only to the other products in the same category.
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From the Manufacturer
The PowerShot S100 is a sophisticated pocket-friendly point-and-shoot digital camera that has the power advanced users 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 BalanceWith DIGIC 5 Image Processor
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.
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
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 HDMI 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.
Focus, Exposure, ISO, Step Zoom, or White Balance can now be adjusted more quickly and conveniently 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.
The PowerShot S100 digital camera is equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS)* technology. Now you 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.
Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills.
Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement.
Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting.
Effective for video shooting at wide-angle focal lengths, eliminating the unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking.
Compensates for hand movement when shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where camera shake is magnified.
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. |
Color: Black | Package Type: Standard Packaging
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I HATE That the flash pops up on its own and distracts the photographer so often! Flash should not be where you hold it, poor placement. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Had this camera for 2 years now. I love the sharpness of the lens, the low light capability and the very wide angle on the bottom end of the zoom. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Lockean
DO NOT BUY THIS CAMERA. It has a serious flaw in the shutter that causes it to fail. When the shutter button is pressed, nothing happens. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Joe F. Lowe
I bought this camera in Dec. 2012, and I got LENS ERROR in Dec. 2015. I will not buy Canon camera again in the future.Published 1 month ago by nianyuma
This little camera takes excellent video! I use it primarily for that. Takes great stills, but it's not great for fast moving objects/ slow shutter speed.Published 1 month ago by Amy Tee
Bought this for my wife for a trip to Panama. She took amazing pictures with it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great camera, unless you run into the problem of the lens not retracting. This appears to be a very common issue with the Canon S series cameras, and the company can be ugly about... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steven L. Cochran
After doing a ton of research I went with this camera and I have not been disappointed. I wanted the large sensor similar to a DSLR with a more point and shoot format. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MD