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5.0 out of 5 stars The best pocket-sized Canon yet, March 25, 2011
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This review is from: Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 4X Optical Zoom (Silver) (Camera)
BOTTOM LINE:

With each generation, Canon makes the ELPH series easier to use and still get great results. Like it's predecessors, this one fits easily into your pocket (or the case I recommend toward the end of this review). That point alone may make this the best camera you own; having a $5k DSLR doesn't do you much good if you left it home because it wasn't worth the effort to lug it along.

However, unlike many other small cameras, this one does not sacrifice either features or quality. Well, it does give up on any reasonable manual control, things like setting shutter speed, lens aperture, ISO. What access you do have to that level of control is buried deep inside menus. It took Canon a while to realize that for most of us, if we wanted to fool with that kind of thing on a regular basis, we would be using a different camera. This camera is designed to leverage convenience over extreme control or nth degree quality.

DETAILS:

It is a small camera and carries with it the baggage that comes with the convenience of having to carry so little baggage. (sorry, couldn't resist) None of the issues raised, given that they comes as part of the convenience trade-off made me consider anything other than the 5-star rating this camera deserves.

One issue with all small cameras is the built-in flash. They are all underpowered and create red eye. Both problems are caused by the need to keep the camera small; the flash needs to be small and positioned close to the lens. Canon addresses it by putting in some really good noise reduction so you (actually the camera) can shoot at a relatively high ISO in low light allowing for a faster shutter speed. The result is an image that is both low noise and not blurry. And the best part is the camera takes care of all that so you don't have to. As a result you can take pictures in a well lit room without having to use the flash at all.

- The shutter response, as with any small digital camera for less that $500, is a bit slow for effectively capturing children and pets. The trick for doing that is to either have a great sense of timing and a shutter that reacts instantly or a reasonably fast ( > 4x / sec ) burst mode. This camera has neither.

Some other suggestions that apply:

Normally at this point I would put in some details about manually setting ISO or selecting a color space. However, for this camera it just isn't relevant. You are buying this camera because you want to take great pictures without having to worry about that stuff. If you do want to "take your photography to the next level then a great resource is the Confessions of a Compact Camera Shooter: Get Professional Quality Photos with Your Compact Camera.

Finally, I've found the Caselogic QPB-1 Compact Digital Camera Case (Black/Gray) is just the right size for this camera. It's semi-rigid so you get a fair amount of protection but doesn't add a lot of bulk. It's made even better by using one of these, Nite Ize SB1-2PK-01 Size-1 S-Biner, Black, 2-Pack, to secure it to a belt loop.

Update: Since posting the review about a year and a half ago the camera case I mentioned was replaced by the Case Logic TBC-301 Ultra Compact Camera Case (Black). I've tried it and the camera fits perfectly.
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Initial post: Mar 28, 2011 2:28:54 AM PDT
Reginelli says:
I do believe though that contrary to what you said in your review that this camera has a 8x per second burst mode that should very effectively catch a pet or child in the perfect fast moving pose.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2011 4:16:47 AM PDT
Bob Tobias says:
Thanks for the comment and paying such close attention. There are three issues with the 100 HD Burst Mode. It takes some time/effort to set it (menus) so you need to know well in advance that it's the mode you want. There is still a fair amount of lag between when you hit the shutter release and the first image is captured. The images are not full resolution.

However, you are correct that having this available can come in handy and it is a detail that could have been included in the main review. It is also extremely useful if you want to have a series of images to help, for example, in analyzing a golf swing.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 29, 2011 8:55:26 AM PDT
AmazonGuru says:
Hi there. Great review, thank you.
My biggest concern is the burst mode. I'd like to be able to use the camera for sporting events and take multiple pictures of a moment in time. My question is, when you use the burst mode, can you pull one image from the series in a print-quality resolution? (not poster resolution, just 4x6?)
Thanks for your help.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 11:48:05 AM PDT
T. Mathers says:
Question. Is there an extended warranty offered for this canon camera through Amazon? I don't see one, Nikon offers a $6 one very easily but I'd rather have a Canon.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 11:50:01 AM PDT
T. Mathers says:
Question. Is there an extended warranty offered for this canon camera through Amazon? I don't see one, Nikon offers a $6 one very easily but I'd rather have a Canon.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2011 6:35:37 PM PDT
Bob Tobias says:
I'm sorry but I don't know about an extended warranty for this camera.

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 6:02:37 PM PDT
Very helpful review, thank you.
I was wondering: what has your experience been with the battery life?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2011 6:24:40 PM PDT
Bob Tobias says:
Thanks Jaimie.

As to your battery life question, I'll give you three answers (or none depending on how you care to count).

First answer, it depends on several factors. How many pictures are flash vs not. How much time you spend with the display on, either reviewing previous shots or working on current ones.

Second answer, every time I get a new camera I also get at least one spare battery. Why? Because you just can't count on a fixed number of shots and at least in my case I can count on forgetting to charge the battery that's in the camera. The benefit is I don't have to worry so much about the life of a single battery.

Third answer, maybe as many as 200 shots, maybe some more... maybe a few less.

Hope this helps :)

Bob

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 9:00:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 9, 2011 10:43:43 PM PDT
umeweall says:
Thanks for the time you took to write the review. I am concerned about the camera's ability to operate in different lighting situations. I am returning the predecessor to this camera, which I had just purchased 30 days ago. That camera had a major issue with handling bright sunlight, going into shadows. I presumed the camera was broken, so I am returning it. The subject was rocks lit brightly by the sun on one half of the rock, with the other half of the rock in shade. The camera 'bleached' the half of the rock in the shade, taking 50% of the color out of it. The part of the rock in the bright sun looked almost white and the true red rock color of the half in the shade looked like a lazy white.

Arriving in town I attempted to used the 'enhance' low light mode to take pictures of buildings at night in Vegas. On attempting to take a movie of the buildings, different color lines appeared in the preview schreen, and also in the movie. On taking snapshots, the lights of the buildings were blurry. I did not have a tripod, but I had placed the camera on a solid surface and held it steady. Not perfect, but from the commentary about the 'new' low-light capabilities of the camera, it should have been able to handle it.

I noticed that this new camera was making the same comments about low-light shooting as the previous model had claimed. Have you tried any low-light shooting with the camera, or an object that was strongly lit by sunshine on one half and partially shaded on the other half?

I have to say that I have a 4 year old, 3.7 megapixel Casio compact camera, which never had a problem with sun/shade. Night pictures--not! However, the movies and pictures never had an issue with variations of light on a subject, during daytime hours.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2011 4:05:02 PM PDT
Jin Won Sung says:
Thanks for nice detailed review on 100hs. Looks like it's decent compact camera for indoor still pictures. There seem to be some conflicting reports on the video mode here though. So I'm a little confused if this one does optical zoom, auto-focus while recording video or not. Or should I get 300hs to have that feature?
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