Canon Powershot S100

  • 12 MP
  • 5x f/2.0
  • 1/1.8" CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Released September, 2011
The most notable new addition to the camera is a GPS receiver for geotagging photos.
Rated 79% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Canon Powershot S100

Back view of Canon Powershot S100
The quality of video captured with the Canon S100 is quite good.
Rated 72% by by DPReview (Dec, 2011)

megapixels

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All of the sample images in this Review were taken using the 12 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 3.5Mb.
Powershot S100 by Photography Blog (Nov, 2011)
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Powershot S100 by Photography Blog (Nov, 2011)

sensor size

Canon Powershot S100
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
Nikon Coolpix P310
Of course, for $70 more you can get the Olympus E-PM1 Micro Four Thirds shooter, with interchangeable lenses and a larger sensor, but it’s not nearly as comfy in your pocket.
Powershot S100 by David-Pierce (Nov, 2011)
Given its size (and its relatively small sensor) it delivers excellent JPEG quality up to ISO 200, and photos remain quite good up through ISO 800.
Powershot S100 by c|net (Nov, 2011)

wide angle lens

Canon Powershot S100
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
Olympus XZ-1
Image quality is excellent, with a perfectly usable ISO range of 80-1600 and fast f/2.0 maximum aperture, albeit only at the wide-angle lens setting, making the S100 very well-suited to low-light, hand-held photography.
Powershot S100 by Photography Blog (Nov, 2011)
Although some other compact cameras are capable of shooting at faster frame rates like 30p and 60i/p, the S100 does give excellent video image quality in poor light, and this - coupled with a fairly fast lens (at wide angle) - allows the S100 to shoot video in some situations were similar compact cameras would produce movies that are too noisy to be usable.
Powershot S100 by DPReview (Dec, 2011)

aperture size

Canon Powershot S100
Nikon Coolpix P7100
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
The function ring around the lens is a particularly effective control point, offering quick access to controls like shutter speed, aperture and ISO.
Powershot S100 by DPReview (Dec, 2011)
This scene was shot with the same two cameras, at 24mm (equivalent) and an aperture value of f/4..
Powershot S100 by DPReview (Dec, 2011)

zoom range

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Its predecessor, the S95, is still one of the best pocket-sized cameras on the market even a year after its release, and the S100 improves on many of its features — it’s got a wider lens, a faster processor, a new sensor, and GPS functionality — while keeping the S95’s litany of manual controls, great look and feel, and its promise of fantastic images even in poor lighting.
Powershot S100 by David-Pierce (Nov, 2011)
The Canon S100 is particularly well-suited to two types of photographers: compact camera shooters looking to upgrade to a similarly small camera with more control, raw mode and better image quality, and ILC photographers looking for a truly compact 'take anywhere' pocket camera with much of the same manual control as their larger cameras.
Powershot S100 by DPReview (Dec, 2011)

body size

99 x 60 x 28 mm
114 x 77 x 45 mm
111 x 68 x 46 mm
It’s useful, and fun to use; I felt like a pro, even with the tiny little camera.
Powershot S100 by David-Pierce (Nov, 2011)
Thanks in-part to the ubiquity of camera phones, geo-tagging of photos is quickly becoming a default feature on many compact cameras.
Powershot S100 by DPReview (Dec, 2011)
 

Performance Real world tests of Canon Powershot S100

shutter lag

Canon Powershot S100
Canon PowerShot S110
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
It can turn on and capture a photo in a little over two seconds, and only has about a quarter of a second of shutter lag.
Powershot S100 by David-Pierce (Nov, 2011)
The ability to quickly change ISO, white balance, and shutter speed settings is one of the things I personally really need in a camera, and the S100 does it as well as any small camera I’ve used.
Powershot S100 by David-Pierce (Nov, 2011)

battery life

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It also has the shortest battery life in its class, but that's one of the trade-offs you make for size: smaller camera, smaller battery.
Powershot S100 by c|net (Nov, 2011)
The S100's logging feature constantly logs your location and tracks your path as you move (even when the cameras is powered down) and as you can imagine, this has a much greater effect on the life of the battery.
Powershot S100 by DPReview (Dec, 2011)

max continuous shooting

The normal continuous shooting mode offers a still quite impressive shooting rate of 2.3fps.
Powershot S100 by Photography Blog (Nov, 2011)
Previous PowerShot S cameras haven't exactly been known for their fast continuous shooting speeds.
Powershot S100 by DPReview (Dec, 2011)

DxOMark low light performance

Canon Powershot S100
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
Olympus XZ-1
Of course, for the best quality images in low light, shooting on a steady tripod with a low ISO setting and a higher shutter speed will produce sharper results.
Powershot S100 by DPReview (Dec, 2011)
The S100 does a solid job of getting crisp photos without the flash in low light, and it’s clean and clear all the way up to ISO 1600 (and still usable beyond), but all the way up the S95’s photos just looked a little brighter, and a little better.
Powershot S100 by David-Pierce (Nov, 2011)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • Contrast detection focusing system
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24 fps
  • Records the location of your photos automatically
  • 24 mm
  • 250 ms
  • For that film look
  • Optical
  • Create slow motion video
  • Combines multiple photos together to capture both bright and dark areas
  • 28 mm
  • 198 g
  • 99 x 60 x 28 mm

cons

  • 10.08 fps
  • 461 k dots
  • 1/1.8"
  • 50.0
  • Sep, 2011
  • 200
  • 9
  • 2,400 ms
  • 12,800 ISO
  • 20.7 bits
  • 153 ISO
  • Use buttons to access features and menus
  • 11.6 ev
  • The screen is fixed in place
  • 12 MP
  • 78.53%
  • No automatic stitching
  • None
  • 1/2000 s
  • 15 s

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 72%
Read the review (Dec, 2011)
The S100's lens covers a useful range of 24-120mm (equivalent), which is far from the most versatile of any current raw-shooting compact camera, but significantly more useful than the S95's 28-105mm (equivalent) zoom.
Rated 90%
Read the review (Nov, 2011)
The Canon PowerShot S100 may look a lot like its popular predecessor, but a brand new sensor, processor and lens combine to produce a more versatile, faster, better specified and more capable pocket camera that makes an ideal everyday shooter for DSLR and CSC owners.
Rated 79%
Read the review (Nov, 2011)
If you shoot raw you can even get quite usable quality out of ISO 1600, which is rare for a camera its size.

Lens

The addition of the grip inset makes a big difference in shooting comfort, and the control ring around the lens remains a nice interface convention.
Canon Powershot S100 | Rated 79% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)
We have now used five cameras, with lenses that span a range in terms of optical quality.
Canon Powershot S100 | Rated 72% by by DPReview (Dec, 2011)
The table below compares the reported maximum apertures across the focal length range between the S100 and S95; the numbers were obtained using the lens control ring to operate the zoom in steps.
Canon Powershot S100 | Rated 72% by by DPReview (Dec, 2011)

Sensor

The new CMOS sensor gives slightly better image quality than the previous-generation 10MP CCD - an improvement that is subtle but noticeable, especially at higher ISO settings.
Canon Powershot S100 | Rated 72% by by DPReview (Dec, 2011)
The increase in resolution allows the S100 to retain more true image detail at a given ISO setting than the 10MP sensor in the S95.
Canon Powershot S100 | Rated 72% by by DPReview (Dec, 2011)
Behind the lens, Canon's new 12MP CMOS 1/1.7" sensor offers modest improvements in terms of resolution and noise levels towards the low end of the S100's ISO span compared to the S95.
Canon Powershot S100 | Rated 72% by by DPReview (Dec, 2011)

Image quality

Secondly, Canon has introduced its new DIGIC 5 processor which brings with it slightly faster continuous shooting, automatic fringing/CA reduction and more sophisticated noise reduction.
Canon Powershot S100 | Rated 72% by by DPReview (Dec, 2011)
Other features enabled by the new sensor and processor include user control over noise reduction, and a white balance system that can adjust different areas of the image separately to compensate for mixed lighting (when the camera is set to Smart Auto mode).
Canon Powershot S100 | Rated 72% by by DPReview (Dec, 2011)
Automatic fringing/CA correction in JPEGs is fast becoming a standard feature in compact cameras these days, and with the DIGIC 5 processor in the S100, Canon has caught up with the pack.
Canon Powershot S100 | Rated 72% by by DPReview (Dec, 2011)

Video

Video looks great, clear and accurate, but at 1080p you can only shoot at 24 frames per second; if you're shooting fast-moving subjects, that doesn't really cut it.
Canon Powershot S100 | Rated 83% by by David-Pierce (Nov, 2011)
Movie Digest mode automatically captures a few seconds of video before you snap a photo, which sounds good, except in that mode the movies and video are stuck at 640x480 pixels.
Canon Powershot S100 | Rated 79% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)
The video is sharp if somewhat oversaturated (you can set it to a neutral color setting if that bothers you), and the audio sounds good.
Canon Powershot S100 | Rated 79% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)

Size

The S100 combines the best qualities of a pocketable point and shoot and an enthusiast compact camera.
Canon Powershot S100 | Rated 72% by by DPReview (Dec, 2011)
It’s 1.05 inches thick and weighs 6.98 ounces, which make it slightly hefty but not problematically so, and it slips easily into a shirt or jeans pocket.
Canon Powershot S100 | Rated 83% by by David-Pierce (Nov, 2011)
And it's a great little camera-well designed and comfortable to shoot, albeit with a couple of caveats.
Canon Powershot S100 | Rated 79% by by c|net (Nov, 2011)

Editions Editions of the Canon Powershot S100

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