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Canon PowerShot S100

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

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Item #: 280S100S
 

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by Meredith Krebs
Canon

Today's point-and-shoot cameras make great pictures easier than ever

From baby's first steps, to that dream vacation in the islands, these cameras make it easy to capture life's greatest hits. Today's cameras have helpful automatic features, like face detection and scene recognition that make shooting more foolproof than ever. And they all have plenty of megapixels for detailed photos that stay sharp, even when you enlarge and print them.

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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).

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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)

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

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Recording Features
Playback Editing and Print Functions
Battery Information
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Supplied Software

Recording Features

LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot S100 has a 3.0" TFT LCD monitor, featuring 461,000 dots with approximately 100% picture coverage. The LCD display's brightness can be adjusted to one of five levels. The LCD display also features a Night Display feature that when shooting in dark conditions, the camera automatically brightens the LCD monitor to suit the brightness of the subject, making it easier to frame the subject.

Image Sensor: The camera is equipped with a 1/1.7" CMOS image sensor with 13.3-million total pixels, and 12.1-million effective pixels. Along with the new DIGIC 5 Image Processor, the S100 gives you clear photos with accurate colors and less noise.

Face Detection Technology: The DIGIC 5 chip's Face Detection Technology finds and tracks the faces of moving subjects until you're ready to shoot, then delivers perfect focus. In addition, exposure, flash, and white balance are compensated, so that faces exhibit natural skin tones and backgrounds are properly exposed.

Smart Shutter: Smart Shutter technology automatically takes a picture a short time after the camera detects a specific change in the scene. There are three Smart Shutter functions:

  • Face Self-Timer: The Face Self-Timer automatically detects an increase in the number of faces, and makes the appropriate adjustments. When the Face Detection Self-Timer is set, the camera waits for the photographer's face to get on-camera before it takes the shot. The camera will shoot, two seconds after the new face is detected.
  • Smile Self-Timer: The Smile Self-Timer captures smiles by tracking your subject's face and automatically releases the shutter as smiles are detected.
  • Wink Self-Timer: The Wink Self-Timer lets you set the camera in a "shooting standby" mode after the shot is composed. When a designated person in the frame winks, the camera takes a picture, two seconds after the wink is detected.

Optics and Stabilization: The S100 has a 5x optical zoom lens with a 5.2-26mm focal length (35mm equivalent is 24-120mm). The built-in lens shift-type Image Stabilizer helps control camera shake to give you clear images when you're zoomed way in. Image Stabilization can be set to Continuous (Intelligent IS), Shoot Only, or Off.

Zoom: In addition to the 5x optical zoom, the camera features a 4x digital zoom. When used in combination, the total zoom is approximately 20x.

Digital Tele-Converter: The focal length of the lens can be increased by an equivalent of 1.5x or 2.0x through the use of the Digital Tele-Converter. The equivalent focal lengths of the lens (35mm equivalent) are 36-240mm when using the 1.5x digital tele-converter, and 48-240mm with the 2.0x tele-converter. The digital zoom and digital tele-converter cannot be used simultaneously.

Recording Media: The camera records still images or moving images with stereo audio on SD Memory Cards (2GB or less), SDHC Memory Cards (4GB to 32GB), and SDXC Memory Cards (32GB and higher). The camera has no built-in memory, and no memory card is included with the camera.

Image Formats: Still images are recorded in JPEG and RAW formats. A RAW image is raw data recorded with nearly no deterioration in image quality resulting from image processing inside the camera. You can use the supplied software to adjust the image in any way you like with minimal loss in image quality. Movies are recorded in MOV format (Image data: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM (stereo)).

Still Image Resolution/Compression: The S100 can record still images in 4 different sizes (Large, Medium 1, Medium 2, and Small) and 5 aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9, 3:2, 1:1, and 4:5). For each resolution, you can set the compression to Fine or Normal. You can choose from the following resolutions:

  4:3 16:9 3:2 1:1 4:5
Large 4000 x 3000 4000 x 2248 4000 x 2664 2992 x 2992 2400 x 3000
Medium 1 2816 x 2112 2816 x 1584 2816 x 1880 2112 x 2112 1696 x 2112
Medium 2 1600 x 1200 1920 x 1080 1600 x 1064 1200 x 1200 960 x 1200
Small 640 x 480 640 x 360 640 x 424 480 x 480 384 x 480

Movies: Movies can be shot in High Definition at 1920 x 1080 at 24 fps, and 1280 x 720 at 30 fps with stereo audio. Standard definition movies can be recorded at 640 x 480 pixels, with a frame rate of 30 frames per second and stereo audio. Recording will automatically stop when either the clip file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches approximately 30 minutes for HD, and 1 hour for SD. SD Speed Class 6 or higher memory cards are recommended.

Movie Modes: There are 3 Movie Modes to choose from:

  • Standard: Shoots standard movies
  • iFrame: Shoots movies that can be edited with iFrame compatible software or devices
  • Super Slow Motion: Shoots fast moving subjects and plays them back in slow motion

Continuous Shooting Mode: You can use the continuous shooting mode to shoot successive frames while the shutter button is fully pressed. You can shoot continuously at approximately 2.3 images per second. In the High Speed Burst HQ mode, you can shoot up to 8 continuous shots at a maximum speed of approximately 9.6 images per second.

GPS Technology: The PowerShot S100 is equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. When you shoot still images and movies, the camera automatically records the location data and local time onto the files. The included Map Utility software lets you display your photo locations on a map, and track your route from photo to photo.

AutoFocus Frame Modes: The camera utilizes TTL (through-the-lens) automatic focusing with two focusing methods:

  • Face AiAF: The camera automatically detects the position of a face and uses the data to set the focus, exposure (evaluative metering only) and white balance (auto). When the camera is pointed at subjects, a white frame appears on the face the camera judges to be the main subject, and up to 2 gray frames will appear on other faces.
  • Tracking AF: You can choose the subject you want to focus on and shoot. The camera will track the subject within a certain range until you shoot.
  • FlexiZone/Center: A single AF frame in the center of the frame is used. This is effective for focusing on a specific point. FlexiZone allows you to change the size and position of the AF frame.

AF-Point Zoom: You can magnify the AF frame and check the focus. In Face Detect mode, the face selected as the main subject will appear magnified in the monitor. In Center mode, the contents of the center AF frame will appear magnified.

Auto Focus Lock: If it becomes difficult to focus on the subject due to low contrast to the surroundings, close up and far away subjects in the same shot, or quickly moving subjects, you can choose to lock the focus or auto focus on an object at a similar distance, then shoot the picture after recomposing the shot.

Focusing Range: The camera features the following focus ranges (from the end of the lens):

  • Normal: 1.2" to infinity (W), 12" to infinity (T)
  • Macro: 1.2" to 1.6' (wide), 12" to 1.6' (tele)

Shooting Modes: Using the mode dial on the top, you can switch between the following shooting modes:

  • Auto: The camera will automatically select the best settings for the scene.
  • Program: The camera sets both the aperture value and shutter speed.
  • Aperture Priority: You can set the aperture to a value at which you want to shoot, and the camera sets the appropriate shutter speed for the aperture you set. Aperture values can be set between F2.0 to F8.0 at wide angle and F5.9 to F8.0 at telephoto.
  • Shutter Priority: You can set the shutter speed to a value at which you want to shoot, and the camera sets the appropriate aperture value for the shutter speed you set. Shutter speeds can be set between 15 and 1/2000 seconds.
  • Manual: You can manually set the shutter speed and aperture.
  • Control Ring: You can register numerous functions to the control ring surrounding the camera's lens.
  • Creative Filters: You can add various effects to images when shooting, such as High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Color Accent, or Color Swap.
  • Scene: Select from the following, according to the scene or effects desired: Movie Digest, Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, Smart Shutter, High Speed Burst HQ, Handheld Night Scene, Underwater, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, and Stitch Assist.
  • Movies: Record movies in High Definition or Standard Definition in Standard Mode, iFrame Movie, and Super Slow Motion Movie modes.

Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:

  • Evaluative Light Metering: used for standard conditions. The area within the frame is divided into several zones and light is measured based on subject position, brightness, direct light and backlighting.
  • Center-Weighted Averaging: averages the exposure from the entire image, but places more weight on the subject at the center
  • Spot: meters the area within the spot AE point at the center of the LCD monitor or viewfinder.

Exposure Compensation: If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You can set the adjustments from -2 to +2 in 1/3-step increments.

Locking the Exposure Setting (AE Lock): You can set the exposure and focus separately. This is effective when the contrast is too strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit. Flash Exposure Lock (FE Lock), just as with the AE lock, lets you lock the exposure for shooting with the flash.

White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, and Custom.

Flash Modes: The PowerShot S100 has a built-in pop-up flash. You can select Auto (flash fires in low light), Slow-synchro, On (flash always fires), or Off (flash doesn't fire). The built-in flash has a range of 1.6' to 23' in Wide Angle and 1.6' to 7.5' in Telephoto. In the menu, you can turn on the Red-Eye Reduction lamp for the flash, and apply Red-Eye Correction to the images that have been taken. As with Exposure Compensation, you can adjust the Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments when using the flash.

ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set Automatically (ISO Auto), or manually between ISO 80 and ISO 6400 in 1/3 EF steps (20 steps). Lowering the ISO speed results in sharper images but there's a greater chance of subject or image blurring in certain shooting conditions. Raising the ISO speed results in a faster shutter speed, reducing blurred images. The images, however, will appear more coarse.

My Colors: You can choose the look and feel of the photos you take by using My Colors to add the following effects to the image you are currently recording or have already recorded: Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B/W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, and Custom Color.

Display Overlay: You can customize the display with the following overlays:

  • Shooting Info: A wide range of information on the shooting conditions and settings will display on the viewfinder or LCD monitor.
  • Grid Lines: Displays gridlines dividing the monitor into 9 areas, allowing you to check the subject's horizontal and vertical alignment
  • Histogram: A graphic display that shows the distribution of brightness in an image horizontally.

Self-Timer: The S100 utilizes a 10-second, 2-second, and a custom self-timer to allow the photographer to be included in the shot, or to avoid camera shake when using a tripod. The custom self-timer allows you to set the time delay to 1-15, 20, 25, or 30 seconds for up to 10 shots.

Playback, Editing and Print Functions

Index Display: This feature allows you to view 4, 9, 36, or 100 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly. Movies cannot be played in the index playback mode. You can view the index display by rotating the zoom lever toward wide angle while the camera is in playback mode.

Filtered Playback: When there are many images on the memory card, you can filter and display them by a specified filter. You can also protect or delete all images at once while filtered. Available filters include: Favorites, Date, Category, Type, and Number of Images.

Playback Displays: You can choose from the following types of displays: No Information, Simple Information, Detailed Information, and Focus Check.

Red-Eye Correction: You can correct red eyes in already recorded images. However, red eyes may not be automatically detected in some images such as faces near the screen edge, faces that appear extremely small, larger dark or bright in relation to the overall image and faces turned to the side or at a diagonal and faces with a portion hidden which prevents the Red-Eye Correction from working. You can choose to overwrite the file with the corrected image, or store the image as a new file, retaining the original image.

PictBridge/Direct Print: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer of any brand, or a Canon printer that supports the Direct Print function. You can also connect the camera directly to certain Canon SELPHY compact photo printers and PIXMA inkjet photo printers. In this way, you can make prints directly from the camera without having to connect to a computer.

Battery Information

Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot S100 powered by the NB-5L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The camera includes the CB-2LX battery charger, which can charge the NB-5L battery in approximately 2 hours 5 minutes. For long periods of continuous use, or when connected to a computer, it is recommended that the camera be connected to the optional ACK-DC30 AC adapter kit. A fully-charged battery will last for approximately 200 shots, 40 minutes of movie shooting time, 1 hour 10 minutes of continuous shooting, and 4 hours of playback time.

Date/Time Battery: The camera uses a built-in backup battery for maintaining the date and time data for about three weeks after the battery pack has been removed. By inserting a charged battery or connecting an AC adapter kit, the date/time battery can be charged in approximately 4 hours, even if the camera is not turned on.

Power Saving Functions: The camera is equipped with the following power saving functions:

  • Auto Power Down for Shooting Mode: The screen will turn off approximately 1 minute after the camera is last operated. You can "wake" the camera at this point by pressing the shutter button halfway to turn on the screen and continue shooting. After about 2 more minutes, if no buttons are pressed, the lens will retract and the power will turn off.
  • Auto Power Down for Playback Mode and Connection to a Printer: The camera power down approximately 5 minutes after the last control is accessed on the camera.

Note: The Power Saving Function will not activate during a Slide Show or while the camera is connected to a computer.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI Output: The PowerShot S100 is equipped with a mini-HDMI (Type C) for connecting the camera to your HDTV. An optional mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable, such as the Canon HTC-100 (item # 280HTC100), is required.

A/V Output/Digital Terminal: The camera has a Mini-B Version 2.0 USB terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a compatible computer or compatible Canon printer via the supplied USB cable. This USB 2.0 Hi-Speed-compatible terminal allows you to rapidly download images to your computer or printer. Through the same USB jack, you can connect the camera to a TV or video monitor with stereo RCA audio and composite video input jacks using the optional AVC-DC400ST Stereo AV Cable. You can set the video output to NTSC or PAL.

Supplied Software

Included Software: The PowerShot S100 comes supplied with the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk Ver.97.0 JE CD-ROM. It contains the following programs:

  • Canon Utilities:
    • ZoomBrowser EX 6.8 (Windows) / ImageBrowser 6.8 (Mac): manage images transferred to a computer (view, edit, and print)
    • CameraWindow DC 8.6: transfer images to and from camera, organize images on the camera, and upload movies on the camera to web services
    • Map Utility 1.1: uses GPS data in the image files to display the photo locations on a map, and track your route from photo to photo
    • Digital Photo Professional: convert RAW images to JPEG and TIFF images
    • PhotoStitch 3.1 (Windows) / 3.2 (Mac): use to merge still images to make panoramas
  • User Guides: Camera User Guide, Software Guide

Compatible Operating Systems:

  • Windows 7 (SP1)
  • Windows Vista (SP2)
  • Windows XP (SP3)
  • Mac OS X (v10.5-v10.6)
 
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5 out of 5

Nice everyday carry camera

Written By Jen, 92625 on Saturday, 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.
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4 out of 5

Cannon PowerShot S100

Written By Sparky, Freeport, NY on Friday, 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.
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5 out of 5

Very nice compact camera

Written By Ibly, Buffalo Grove, IL on Sunday, 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
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3 out of 5

Great for photos, terrible for videos

Written By Mike, Palmyra, VA on Thursday, November 08, 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.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Canon powershot s100

Written By Steven, Glen cove on Friday, 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 .
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Lens error

Written By Remy, New York, NY on Saturday, 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.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Produces good images simply

Written By AdBar, Edgewood, NM on Sunday, August 05, 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
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Canon S100

Written By Lynda, Sacramento, CA on Friday, 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
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Canon Powershot S100

Written By Oscarsanchezm, New york, NY on Sunday, 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.
Cons:
None at the moment
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Best point and shoot I've ever had

Written By Mike I, Charlottesville, VA on Wednesday, 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.
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4 out of 5

Canon PowerShot S100

Written By John B, Albany, NY on Tuesday, 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
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5 out of 5

Excellent point & shoot

Written By dsf, Jackson Hts NY on Sunday, 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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2 out of 5

Not there yet . . .

Written By sbjenn, Palo Alto, Ca on Saturday, 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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