Canon PowerShot S100

Last Updated (24 May’13):
- Review & Sample Photos @ PhotographyBlog

Canon PowerShot S100 is a 12.1 MP Digital Camera that comes with 5x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (35mm equivalent: 24-120 mm). It has features such as a DIGIC 5 Image Processor, 1920 x 1080p HD Video recording with Stereo Sound, Fast f/2.0-5.9 Lens for Low Light shooting, Intelligent Image Stabilization, ISO Up to 6400, and comes with a 3.0-inch TFT Color Display. The Canon PowerShot S100 measures (W x H x D) 3.90 x 2.34 x 1.05 in. (98.9 x 59.8 x 26.7 mm) and weight Approx. 6.98 oz. (198 g) (including the batteries and memory card).

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Expert Reviews

Canon PowerShot S100 Reviews

PhotographyBlog reviews the Canon PowerShot S100 and writes;
“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. It’s also possible to capture the blurred backgrounds and sharp subject that most compacts struggle to achieve, while the 5x zoom offers a longer reach than the S95,…”
Rating: ★★★★½

T3 reviews the Canon PowerShot S100 and writes;
“Add in 1920×1080 video clips with stereo sound, integral GPS for location tagging of images, pop up flash and the ability to shoot standard JPEG or unprocessed Raw for top quality pictures and the Canon PowerShot S100 is a veritable pocket rocket for those who like the feel and functionality of bridge cameras and DSLRs, but hate the bulk.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Techradar reviews the Canon PowerShot S100 and writes;
“Take into account the superb handling, impressive image quality – particularly at high ISOs – slick, detailed Full HD video, plus a responsive, accurate GPS system, and you have the recipe for a pretty remarkable camera that you can take anywhere.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Digitalcamerareview reviews the Canon PowerShot S100 and writes;
“The 24 to 120mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens on the S100 displays a bit of barrel distortion at the wide-angle end while telephoto proved fairly distortion free. There’s a bit of softness in the corners at wide-angle but edges remain fairly sharp; telephoto is likewise a bit soft in the corners but otherwise fairly consistently sharp.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Expertreviews reviews the Canon PowerShot S100 and writes;
“Image quality is where the S100 really excels. By bringing together the larger sensor size of the S95 with the back-illuminated CMOS technology of other recent Canon cameras, it produced the lowest noise levels we’ve ever seen from a conventional compact camera. There was a slight loss of subtle details at ISO 1600 but shots still looked smooth and sharp.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Cameralabs reviews the Canon PowerShot S100 and writes;
“Overall the movie quality of the S100 is very good. The bump from 720p to 1080p resolves finer detail and puts it ahead of the S95, LX5 and XZ-1, the various slow motion and effects modes are fun to use, and while the optical zoom isn’t as smooth as it could be, I’m just happy Canon has finally enabled this facility after locking it down on previous models. “
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET reviews the Canon PowerShot S100 and writes;
“The S100 performs exceptionally well at low ISO levels. Images taken under ISO 200 show minimal amounts of noise and excellent colour rendition. Chromatic aberrations are visible given the wide aperture of the lens but are mostly kept under control. At full 5x zoom extension the S100′s lens is among the sharpest we’ve seen on a compact of this class, maintaining good detail and not falling off significantly in sharpness towards the edges of the frame.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Thinkdigit reviews the Canon PowerShot S100 and writes;
“On evaluating the scores for each of our tests, we found that Canon Powershot S100, dethroned our last year’s best performing camera – the Olympus XZ1. This is the best high end compact in the market today. You will never fall short of any features including the battery sipping GPS… But then this camera is for the discerning photographer, who wants excellent quality in the compact body.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Digitaltrends reviews the Canon PowerShot S100 and writes;
“Video has also been upgraded in the S100. The camera shoots crisp, clear 1080p video at 24fps, and in general AF wasn’t too noticeably laggy or loud. We were also pretty happy with how smooth zooming was while recording. For standard point-and-shoot recording use, you’re fine, but for any particularly fast-paced, action-packed scenes you’ll want to bump it down to 720p at 30fps. It’s a trade-off, obviously, and you’ll have to sacrifice image quality.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photoreview reviews the Canon PowerShot S100 and writes;
“Flash exposures fared better than available-light shots, although shots taken at ISO 6400 were unsharp. The flash also had insufficient power to provide correct exposures at the 26mm focal length with ISO settings below 400.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Ephotozine reviews the Canon PowerShot S100 and writes;
“The camera provides great image quality, a longer and wider zoom than the S95, and with a slimmer body it should fit even more easily into pockets. I can see this camera, like the S95, being very popular with anyone who wants to travel light, yet still take good quality photos.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Popphoto reviews the Canon PowerShot S100 and writes;
“In the Popular Photography Test Lab Canon’s S100 outperformed its predecessor and scored a Very High rating in overall image quality from ISO 80-200. The main contributor to that rating was its score of Very High in our resolution test with 2100 lines per picture height at ISO 80, which dropped to 2000 lines at ISO 200.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Dcresource reviews the Canon PowerShot S100 and writes;
“Sharpness was good in most cases, with photos sporting the traditional Canon “smooth” appearance. The camera keeps noise in check through ISO 800 in good light, which is at least a full stop better than your typical compact camera. By shooting RAW, even ISO 3200 is usable for small and midsize prints. Purple fringing levels were quite low in most situations. As with the S90 and S95, redeye was a problem, though you can remove it using the tool in playback mode.”
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Canon PowerShot S100 User Manual (PDF)

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Canon PowerShot S100 Features

The Canon PowerShot S100 a sophisticated pocket-friendly point-and-shoot digital camera that combines the advanced Canon technologies to allows users capture superb photos and video with just press the a button. It offers an automatic or manual to control the camera menu that will be perfect for enthusiasts photographer. The camera comes with a Canon HS SYSTEM that combined with a DIGIC 5 Image Processor including a fast f/2.0 lens, 12.1 Megapixels images sensor, and a 5x Optical Zoom.

Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor

The camera use the latest-generation Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor to brings users to the next level 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.

Canon CMOS Sensor

Comes with a 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor that is optimized for use in compact cameras like the Canon PowerShot S100 to provide state-of-the-art imaging performance. With a sophisticated light-capturing design, the sensor provides high sensitivity for improved high ISO capture without increased noise. Moreover, with a high-speed design, the sensor is able to fast capture and save image data to the processor, enabling faster continuous shooting and faster autofocus.


There is a Canon HS SYSTEM which allows users to take bright, clear photos in an even wider range of shooting conditions. It also enable to capture beautiful low-light photos 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. Additionally, the Canon HS SYSTEM also allows users to use higher shutter speeds to capture clearer images with reduced noise and blur.


Spectacular FULL HD Recording

By combining the advanced CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor, the Canon HS SYSTEM enable to record crisp, clear high definition video. Users can record spectacular 1080p Full HD video with stereo sound then watch on their HDTV or download to computer to share with family and friends. In addition, the Full HD 1080p video can be recorded at 24fps while the 720p HD video can be recorded at 30fps.


Additional Features:

+ HDTV Playback via HDMI with CEC Support

+ iFrame Movie Support

+ Full range of Shooting and Recording Modes Including RAW + JPEG

+ Control Ring

+ GPS Technology

+ Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition

+ Super Slow Motion Movie records video at high speeds to allow playback in slow motion

+ Large 3.0-inch wide LCD enables easy viewing


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See also: Canon | Digital Camera | Point & Shoot Cameras

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