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Canon PowerShot S100

12.1-megapixel digital camera with 5X optical zoom (Silver)

13 Reviews

Item #: 280S100S

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Original Price: $249.99

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Overview

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Off for a day to hike in the mountains, or do an urban hike through the city, sometimes a DSLR can be too much to carry. That's why it's great to have a camera like the Canon PowerShot S100 to capture all your adventures. The built-in GPS helps you track your trip and make a visual map of your journey when you return home. Optical image stabilization keeps your shots steady and sharp, and the advanced image sensor teams up with powerful processing to give you detailed photos even when the lights are low. A fast, bright f/2.0 lens lets you capture portraits with a shallow depth-of-field and a blurred background.

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Off for a day to hike in the mountains, or do an urban hike through the city, sometimes a DSLR can be too much to carry. That's why it's great to have a camera like the Canon PowerShot S100 to capture all your adventures. The built-in GPS helps you track your trip and make a visual map of your journey when you return home. Optical image stabilization keeps your shots steady and sharp, and the advanced image sensor teams up with powerful processing to give you detailed photos even when the lights are low. A fast, bright f/2.0 lens lets you capture portraits with a shallow depth-of-field and a blurred background.

Automatic and manual modes
The S100's automatic modes make life simple when you want to just "point and shoot." But for more creative control, you can use manual settings to capture one-of-a-kind photos. A control ring on the front allows you to easily adjust your settings without taking our eyes away from the action. You can also shoot images in uncompressed RAW mode for more customized editing options later on.

Shoot clear HD videos
When you want to capture people in motion, just press the movie button on the S100 to switch to movie mode and get full HD video (1080p). A wind filter keeps recorded dialogue and other sounds in your videos understandable and clear. You'll have lots of fun creating your own instant replays using the slow motion video mode on action shots. A mini HDMI output connects to your HDTV, so you can share your photos and videos on the big screen (separate HDMI cable required).

Great pictures, not as fast of a lag time as I thought. Raw images can really be massaged in Lightroom. Will not replace DSLR but great photos for what it is.

Jen, 92625

What's in the Box:

  • Digital camera (silver)
  • NB-5L Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (3.7V/1120mAh) with plastic terminal cover
  • CB-2LX Battery charger
  • 48" USB cable with in-line noise filter (cable has a USB Type A connector on one end and a mini-USB type-B connector on the other)
  • Wrist strap
  • Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk Ver. 97.0 JE/User Guide CD-ROM
  • Getting Started booklet (English)
  • Warranty card
  • Canon Customer Support/Online Product Registration card
  • Info sheet on Canon printers

Product Highlights:

  • 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 3" LCD screen
  • 5X optical zoom (4X digital/20X total zoom)
  • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
  • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 24-120mm
Special Features:
  • high-definition movie mode (up to 1080p resolution) with dedicated movie button
  • records RAW and JPEG
  • fast f/2.0 lens for sharp images in low light
  • easily adjustable manual control ring
  • optical image stabilization
  • Intelligent IS analyzes camera shake and applies the best stabilization for each shooting situation so you get a steady blur-free image
  • high speed burst mode (9.6 frames/second)
  • built-in GPS records your location so you can remember where you took your vacation photos
  • included travel map software lets you track your route from photo to photo, and share your trip on a world map
  • DIGIC 5 image processor for faster camera response, advanced face detection, red-eye correction, and better image quality
  • face detection automatically sets focus, exposure, flash, and white balance for better portraits
  • variable ISO (film speed equivalent) settings, including a high sensitivity setting for better low-light shooting
  • shutter priority, aperture priority, and full-manual exposure modes
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Connections and Dimensions:
  • high-speed USB interface
  • mini HDMI output for connecting the camera to a compatible HDTV (cable not included)
  • audio/video output for standard-def connection to a TV
  • 3-15/16"W x 2-7/16"H x 1-1/16"D
  • weight: 6.98 oz. (with battery and media)
Reviews

Canon PowerShot S100 Reviews

Average Customer Review:

13 Reviews

Nice everyday carry camera

Written by: Jen from 92625 on January 19, 2013

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Great pictures, not as fast of a lag time as I thought. Raw images can really be massaged in Lightroom. Will not replace DSLR but great photos for what it is.

Pros: Shoots raw, fast lens, decent focus speed, better lag time most point and shoots

Cons: Slow, slippery, hard to stabilize. Rear screen can be easily scratched.

Cannon PowerShot S100

Written by: Sparky from Freeport, NY on January 18, 2013

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I've only owned this camera for a short period of time and have yet to use most of the features but, I am happy with the product so far. It is definitely an upgrade from the Cannon ELPH that I've used for years.

Pros: Takes great pictures and the operation fairly intuitive.

Cons: I would have given it 5 stars if not for two annoyances. The pop up flash is located where you would normally hold it while using the screen as a viewer and I really miss my eye viewer. I find it is a lot easier to frame a shot through the eye viewer as opposed to a screen.

Very nice compact camera

Written by: Ibly from Buffalo Grove, IL on January 13, 2013

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Very nice, small but powerful camera

Pros: As top of the line in the point and shoot camera segment this camera is on the top of the list, small, really pocketable, good picture quality, raw mode, manual controls and very affordable.

Cons: Only one found so far : Loud zoom when tracking enabled in video mode

Great for photos, terrible for videos

Written by: Mike from Palmyra, VA on November 8, 2012

This is a fantastic point and shoot camera, particularly for low light situations indoors or want a lot of control over your settings. But if you want to use this camera to also shoot video, DO NOT buy this camera. When the camera auto-focuses in video mode, it produces loud clicking and popping that comes through when watching the video. It's not noticeable if you're shooting a loud environment (i.e. music event), but very annoying if shooting anything else. Attached is a YouTube video illustrating the problem.

Pros: Manual settings and low light performance.

Cons: Auto-focus noise when shooting video.

Canon powershot s100

Written by: Steven from Glen cove on August 17, 2012

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Good camera , I really satisfied with it .

Pros: Slim and good side small enough to put in the pocket .

Cons: Decent price .

Lens error

Written by: Remy from New York, NY on August 11, 2012

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I got it a day ago and took around 30 pictures with it. Unfortunately I got the well known "Lens Error" that I thought had been fixed on the newest versions. I read a lot of reviews before buying this camera and a lot of people said they were getting this "Lens Error" within 3 months. However, I thought I would be lucky and not get it, but I got it after only a day. The issue happens when you turn on the camera, the lens comes out, but if you try to turn off the camera when your done, the lens will be stuck and it will never retract. Now I cannot even turn on the camera because it shots down automatically after showing the "Lens Error" and the lens is stuck out. I only used it for 1 day, but it felt there was a long lag between the time you press the button to take apicture and the time the picture was really taken. The position of the flash is also very annoying. In conclusion, I do not recommend. I'm returning this defective product.

Pros: Slim and easy to carry. Shots RAW pictures and have a lot of settings that you can play with.

Cons: Many bad reviews. Very common Lens Error.

Produces good images simply

Written by: AdBar from Edgewood, NM on August 5, 2012

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This review rates the S100 on its abilty to record good images simply, without the user having to muck around with detailed settings. With the S100 used in its fully automatic mode, the user need only compose the frame (point and zoom) and allow the camera time to optimize settings (pause), and the camera will record an image almost as sharp and colorful as conditions allow. The S100 does this by combining 12 mega-pixels, image stabilization, auto focus, high ISO speed, auto color balance and built-in flash. It can display images on its own screen, on PC screens, on paper, on e-mail attachments, and on SDTVs and on HDTVs. The S100 was rated 5 stars. The S100's GPS capability was not tested and did not affect the rating. GPS works only when the receiver can see several satelites. The S100's GPS receiver is said to use a significant amount of power, so that when it is used outside the battery does not last.

Pros: * High quality of fully automatic mode. * Small size--easy to carry * Ability to optimize detailed settings for a variety of special scenes (kids and pets, landscape, portait...) * Ability to manually set shutter speed, ISO, aperature, flash * Ability to zoom

Cons: * High price * Small size--hard to point accurately when recording movies

Canon S100

Written by: Lynda from Sacramento, CA on April 20, 2012

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I recently purchased the Canon S100 camera after reading many positive reviews. I agree this is a very impressive point and shoot. The low light capability is the main reason I was interested in this point and shoot. One of the features I don't like is the location of the flash. Perhaps if the texture of the edge of the flash was textured differently then the rest of the camera I would be reminded to move my thumb. For now,I am going to have to learn not to hold the camera on the corner and restricting the flash attempt to pop up. The review feature is a bit slow as well. Otherwise this is a great camera to supplement my dslr.

Pros: small, light, low light capability, manual controls

Cons: flash location, slow review, short battery life

Canon Powershot S100

Written by: Oscarsanchezm from New york, NY on February 26, 2012

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This is an impressive little camera, though it looks quite humble from the outside. If there were something like quality per square centimeter, the S100 would be the absolute winner. It's incredible what they managed to squeeze into this little package: a great sensor with impressive noise performance (great up till ISO 1600, useable at ISO 3200 and even 6400), a nice bright (at least at 24 mm) lens with a reasonable zoom, and all the manual controls you need. Auto white balance does an impressive job (way better than my old LX3 and current D300 DSLR). The GPS, though a real battery drain, is a very nice feature as well.

Pros:

Cons: None at the moment

Best point and shoot I've ever had

Written by: Mike I from Charlottesville, VA on February 15, 2012

Fantastic camera. I'm a professional sports photographer and have owned a number of Canon cameras (point and shoot, SLR's, and video) and this one is amazing. The video is outstanding and the small stereo microphones actually do very well for bringing in loud music (i.e. at a concert). The camera has so much functionality that I haven't had a chance to test the full extend of what it can do. What's most impressive is the low light ability. Even if you don't need a professional range camera that can do a lot, this is great for consumers who take a lot of photos inside (ISO up to 6400). Even in fairly low light, it shoots great without flash - better than my EOS-1D Mark 2 SLR. One of the greatest things about this camera is that, no matter whether you've selected VIDEO or STILL on the dials, you have separate buttons for still camera shutter and video record. So you do not have to switch settings to move between modes. You can also adjust the settings to make the lens ring operate a number of functions.

Pros: Great video. Perfect still shooting in low light conditions. Easy to use buttons and dials rather than having to fiddle with touch screen (like some cameras).

Cons: Short battery life. Just get some extra batteries (third party) for less than $15 each. Do not waste your money buying Canon batteries for $60 each. The reason this camera uses batter life so quickly is that it not only shoots in very low light, it has an advanced CMOS sensor that's typically only available on larger cameras that can take larger batteries. But what you get from this camera is worth toting around some extra batteries.

Canon PowerShot S100

Written by: John B from Albany, NY on January 31, 2012

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It is early yet, but I am impressed so far. Features are outstanding and useful. I own a Powershot SX 210, so I know the Powershot line. The "S" models are always outstanding. The video is simply stunning. The ring control is a good addition and the menu displays are improved from the SX210 model..

Pros: Features, quality, size.

Cons: battery life is a little short, but I already have 2, small price to pay

Excellent point & shoot

Written by: dsf from Jackson Hts NY on January 22, 2012

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Easy camera to use. Video in Hi Def 1080 is excellent, even can zoom while shooting. Easy to carry in a cell phone belt carrier.

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Not there yet . . .

Written by: sbjenn from Palo Alto, Ca on November 19, 2011

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I've found several serious shortcomings in the S100 I received two weeks ago, not least of which is a ridiculously short battery life (8 - 12 hours with moderate usage). I'd planned to use the camera on multi-day wilderness trips, but this would require toting along several extra batteries (at $30 - $60 each!) Also, the image quality is not what I would have expected from a camera of this price. On my unit, colors often seem dull, and the focus is uneven with distinct blurring occurring consistently in the lower right corner of images (this is particularly visible in flat, highly detailed photos shot from a parallel plane, such as lawn from about five feet overhead). And even at low ISO settings, resolution seemed no better than my three-year-old Sony DSC-W80 pocket camera. The S100 does have some impressive qualities: HD video is very good, GPS works well (though I wish there were an option to choose between UTM and Lat-Lon coordinates in the display), and the camera boots up really fast. It is also loaded with potentially great features (I particularly liked the function-selectable lens ring). I think Canon got a lot of things right with this camera, but an apparent rush to market means some things got missed. I've returned my S100, but look forward to the next generation in this line.

Pros: HD Video Quick boot-up Small size Features

Cons: Short battery life (!) Mediocre image quality Uneven focus Cost

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What's in the box?

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  • Digital camera (silver)
  • NB-5L Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (3.7V/1120mAh) with plastic terminal cover
  • CB-2LX Battery charger
  • 48" USB cable with in-line noise filter (cable has a USB Type A connector on one end and a mini-USB type-B connector on the other)
  • Wrist strap
  • Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk Ver. 97.0 JE/User Guide CD-ROM
  • Getting Started booklet (English)
  • Warranty card
  • Canon Customer Support/Online Product Registration card
  • Info sheet on Canon printers

Features and Specs

General
LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD No
Wi-Fi No
Touchscreen No
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled Yes
Lens 35mm Equivalent 24-120mm
Optical Zoom 5x
Digital Zoom 4x
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Memory
Internal Memory None
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Image
Effective Megapixel Count 12.1
Total Megapixels 13.3
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 4000 x 3000
HD Video Recording 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720
Dimensions
Width (inches) 3-15/16
Height (inches) 2-7/16
Depth (inches) 1-1/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) 6.98
Warranty
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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