Best Price for Canon Powershot S100

  • Resolution: 12.1
  • LCD Size: 3"
  • Shutter: 15 ~ 1/2000 sec
Canon PowerShot S100

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In late 2011 Canon introduced its much-needed replacement for the PowerShot S95: the S100. As good as the S95 was there were some pretty glaring problems that prevented it from being the dominant player in the high-end point-and-shoot sector. Since the idea behind the S100 was for Canon to take the dominant spot just about every feature on the camera was an upgrade over its predecessor. Most of the complaints heard about the S95 were corrected as a result.

For starters, the S100 offers a faster recycle time than the S95. Combined with increased focal length and more zoom, the inadequacies of the S95 as a camera for action shots was resolved, according to Canon. Unfortunately, by adding a 5x zoom lens Canon was forced to reduce the aperture as zoom is reduced. That's a trade-off most casual point-and-shoot users will not mind. The 12.1 mp resolution also ceases to be an issue when you see how bright and vibrant your digital images look.

As for the cameras profile, it was slightly retooled to receive a handy little grip on the front and a rubber thumb pad on the back. It's amazing how the addition of these two small pieces makes the camera so much easier to hold. Through our test we had no problems keeping the S100 in our hands. The shutter button is a bit larger as well, and the menu system has been reorganized to make it easier to operate despite condensing the information into fewer menu entries.

Advantages: redesigned profile for easy grip; 5X zoom lens; on-board GPS; good performance in low light; HD and full HD video.

Disadvantages: narrower aperture; disappointing shutter lag; no hot shoe; washouts in some bright light conditions; a bit more expensive than a point-and-shoot should be.

Release Date: November 30, 2011


  1. Megapixel Count: 4/5
  2. Lens: 4/5
  3. Shutter Lag & Sensor Size: 4/5
  4. Flash: 5/5
  5. Memory Card: 5/5

Overall Rating: 4.4/5

Basic Specifications:

  • Resolution: 12.1 mp
  • Kit Lens: Canon 5x xZoom lens
  • View Finder: None
  • LCD Size: 3"
  • ISO: auto, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500,  3200, 4000, 5000, 6400
  • Shutter: 15 ~ 1/2000 sec
  • Max Aperture: F2.0-F5.9
  • Dimensions: 98.9 x 59.9 x 26.7 mm (3.9 x 2.4 x 1.1 in)
  • Weight: 198 g (7.0 oz)
  • MSRP:  US - $429; UK - £439
  • Availability: worldwide

Detailed Specifications:

  • General Information: DIGIC 5 with iSAPS technology; full HD video; 9 exposure modes, 23 scene modes; white balance presets; full library of filters
  • Image Sensor: CMOS 12.1 mp
  • Image Capture: JPEG, RAW formats; 29 res. options
  • Video Capture: H.264, iFrame formats; 12 res. options
  • Optics: Canon 5x xZoom lens; focal length 24-120 mm; UA lens, aspherical lens
  • Auto Focus: yes; with TTL contrast detection, image stabilization
  • Display: 3" Pure Color II G TFT LCD
  • Exposure and Flash: ±3 EV range (in 1/3 EV steps); built-in flash with red-eye reduction, +/- compensation, AF illuminator, 23 ft. range
  • Image Storage: SD, SDHC, SDXC; no internal
  • Connectivity: high speed USB, HDMI, composite video/audio
  • Power: Canon NB-5L Li-ion rechargeable battery
  • Software: Canon ZoomBrowser EX, PhotoStitch, Digital Photo Professional, ImageBrowser, drivers & utilities

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