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Canon PowerShot S100 (2011)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1724 reviews of Canon PowerShot S100 (2011). The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Comments about the size and screen are overall positive. The portability and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas the control panel and viewfinder get critical comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot S100 (2011) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon PowerShot S100 (2011)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 user reviews of Canon PowerShot S100 (2011) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk.

77% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Camera - Silver (12.1MP, Ultra Wide Angle, 5x Zoom) 3.0 inch LCDCanon PowerShot S100 Digital Camera - Silver (12.1MP, Ultra Wide Angle, 5x Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon PowerShot S100 (2011)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 942 user reviews of Canon PowerShot S100 (2011) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Views about the image quality and portability are on the whole positive. The size and usability also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the design.

performance, usability, size, portability, image quality

80% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot S100 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide-Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black) (OLD MODEL)Canon PowerShot S100 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide-Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black) (OLD MODEL)

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Canon PowerShot S100 (2011)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Canon PowerShot S100 (2011) from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.ca.

88% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon PowerShot S100 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black)Canon PowerShot S100 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black)

Oct, 2018

SILVER AWARD!

Expert review by : Kelcey Smith with additional content by Andy Westl (dpreview.com)

Canon PowerShot S100

 

When Canon revived its PowerShot S range with the S90 in August 2009, it was in acknowledgement of a clear demand from enthusiast photographers for high quality yet pocketable cameras offering extensive manual control. The S95, which followed almost...

Very good image quality, especially at low ISO settings ; Well optimized JPEGs, low contrast detail is well-preserved at low ISO settings ; Automatic fringing/CA correction in JPEGs ; Fast operation ; Bright LCD screen is easy to see in daylight ;...

Manual focus preview resolution is too low to be useful ; Lack of in-camera alignment of HDR images makes it a much less useful feature than it could be ; Auto ISO is limited to 1600 (wasting two stops of extra ISO sensitivity) ; Pop-up flash can be...

For photographers who like to take control over their cameras the S100 provides a near DSLR-like level of manual control in an easily pocketable 'take-anywhere' camera.

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : David Pierce (theverge.com)

Canon PowerShot S100 review

 

From the day it was announced, I've been excited about the Canon PowerShot S100. Its predecessor, the S95, is still one of the best pocket-sized cameras on the market even a year after its release,...

Fantastic image quality ; Fast performance ; Tons of manual controls ; Upgraded internals from the S95

Expensive ; Images are slightly inferior to the S95 ; Relatively short battery life

If pure image quality is what you want, the S95 is still a better camera

Nov, 2011

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Canon PowerShot S100 review

 

Canon PowerShot S100

A great little camera with advanced features, the Canon PowerShot S100 builds on the strengths of its excellent predecessor.

As a trade-off for extending the zoom range to 5x the lens' aperture narrows very quickly as you zoom out. And there's no improvement over the S95's so-so performance, despite the price increase.

The Canon PowerShot S100 is a generally great little camera for advanced shooters who don't mind slowing down a bit from a dSLR.

Nov, 2011

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

Canon PowerShot S100

 

The Canon PowerShot S100 is a worthy successor to our previous Editors' Choice high-end point-and-shoot camera, the PowerShot S95. It adds a longer zoom lens and GPS, and improves on the S95's image quality and performance.

Sharp, fast lens. Very good low-light performance. Fast recycle time. Raw shooting support.

Pricey. LCD is not best in class. No hot shoe.

Performance and Conclusions The S100 performed admirably in our speed tests. The camera takes 2.3 seconds to start up and grab a shot, and can capture another photo every half second in continuous shooting mode. Shutter lag measured at only 0.3 second,...

Nov, 2011

Expert review by : Mark McClusky (wired.com)

Review: Canon PowerShot S100

 

The S100 is a great camera, a camera you will be thrilled with if you buy it. But we're not sure you should.

All the stuff that made its predecessors great, with some nice new features like GPS and full HD video. CMOS sensor uses tech from Canon’s DSLR line

More camera than many need; and perhaps less than pros would demand. Dedicated movie button on backside eliminates one photo control

Nov, 2011

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (photographyblog.com)

Canon PowerShot S100 Review

 

The Canon PowerShot S100 is a pocket-sized camera that offers a lot of professional features. Aimed at the serious photographer looking for a capable compact, the new Canon S100 features a high-sensitivity 12.1 megapixel 1/1.7-type CMOS sensor, 5x zoom...

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...

Nov, 2011

Expert review by : Digital Camera-HQ (digitalcamera-hq.com)

Canon PowerShot S100

 

Great image quality in both bright and dark conditions ; Numerous customization options, including 20 different options for the highly functional control ring ; Very good HD video capture, although 1080/24p is now the bare minimum for models in this...

Lens, although f2 at wide, slows rapidly to f5.9 at telephoto ; Silver model has noticeably more "plasticky" build quality than black version ; GPS wasn't terribly reliable

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (dcresource.com)

PowerShot S100

 

As you can see, the PowerShot S100 got a bump in resolution, zoom power, and continuous shooting performance -- plus it now has a GPS receiver. The S100 retains the compact metal body and customizable lens ring of its predecessor, plus full manual...

Very good photo quality, with at least a full stop advantage over typical compact cameras ; Compact metal body, comes in silver and black ; Fast F2.0-5.9, 24 - 120 mm zoom lens (well, it's fast at one end, at least) ; Optical image stabilization ; High...

Tends to clip highlights (hint: use DR correction) ; Redeye can be a problem, even with digital reduction turned on ; Videos are a bit choppy due to 24 fps frame rate ; Below average battery life ; Lens on the slow side at telephoto end ; ISO fixed at...

Overall, the PowerShot S100 is a well-designed camera whose best attribute is its image quality. It obviously can't compete with a digital SLR (or mirrorless camera), but it is way better than your typical compact camera. Add in the enthusiast...

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : thinkdigit.com (thinkdigit.com)

Canon Powershot S100 Review

 

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...

Fast f/2.0 lens, Great sharpness and image quality, Great high ISO performance, RAW support, Control Ring customisations

High price, Lower rated battery pack

Jan, 2012

Expert review by : YugaTech (yugatech.com)

Canon Powershot S100 Review

 

The Canon S100 is the successor to the highly popular S95 and continues the same tested and proven formula for a point-and-shoot digital camera — wide aperture and manual control in a solid, light and portable body. Check out our full review of the...

Jan, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: Yes
Voice recording: Yes

Battery

Battery life (CIPA standard):200
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:200 / NB - 5L / NB-5L
Number of batteries supported:1
Power source type:AC, Battery / Battery

Camera

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Built-in processor:DIGIC 5
Camera file system:DPOF 1.1 / DPOF 1.1, Exif 2.3 / EXIF 2.3
Camera playback:Movie, Single image
Custom color: Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Histogram: Yes
Image editing:Resizing
Multi burst mode: Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HEB, HIN, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR / ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, UKR / ARA, CZE, ENG, FIN, FRE, GRE, ITA, JPN, NOR, POL, RUS, SWE / ARA, CZE, ENG, FIN, FRE, GRE, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, RUS, SWE / CHI (TR), DEU, ENG, ESP, ITA, JPN, POR, RUS, SWE / CHI (TR), DEU, ENG, ESP, ITA, JPN, RUS, SWE
Orientation sensor: Yes
Photo effects:Black&White, Neutral, Positive film, Sepia, Skin tones, Vivid / Black&White, Sepia, Vivid
Playback zoom:10
Playback zoom (max):10
Scene modes:Backlight, Beach, Dusk, Fireworks, Landscape, Museum, Night, Night landscape, Panorama, Party (indoor), Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset / Backlight, Beach, Dusk, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Night landscape, Night portrait, Panorama, Party (indoor), Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset / Beach, Children, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Portrait, Snow, Underwater / Beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Portrait, Self-portrait, Snow, Underwater / Beach, Fireworks, Landscape, Night, Portrait, Snow, Underwater
Self-timer:2, 10 / 2,10
Self-timer delay:2,10
Shooting modes:Auto, Manual
White Balance:Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Tungsten / Auto, Cloudy, Custom modes, Daylight, Fluorescent, Underwater / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Manual / Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Fluorescent, Underwater

Design

Color of product:Black / Silver
Waterproof up to:1574.8

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:3
Display resolution (numeric):461000
Field of view:100
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Flash

Flash exposure compensation: Yes
Flash exposure correction:±2EV (1/2, 1/3 EV step)
Flash exposure lock: Yes
Flash modes:Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Flash off, Flash on, Slow synchronization / Auto, Flash on, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization / Auto, Manual
Flash range (tele):0 - 90.6 / 19.7 - 90.6
Flash range (wide):19.7 - 275.6
Flash sync-speed:1/2000

Focusing

Auto Focus (AF) assist beam: Yes
Auto Focus (AF) lock: Yes
Auto focusing (AF) modes:Centre weighted Auto Focus, Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection, Face tracking / Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection, Face tracking, Multi Point Auto Focus, Single Auto Focus / Continuous Auto Focus, Face detection, Face tracking, Single Auto Focus / Face detection, Face tracking
Closest Focusing Distance:1.18
Focus:TTL
Focus adjustment:Auto
Super Macro focusing range:0.03

Lens System

Combined zoom:20
Digital Zoom:4
Focal length range (f-f):0.205 - 1.02
Lens structure:7/6
Lens structure (elements/groups):7/6
Maximum aperture number:5.9
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):4.72
Minimum aperture number:2
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):0.945
Number of aspheric elements:2
Optical Zoom:5

Light Exposure

Auto Exposure (AE) lock: Yes
ISO sensitivity:5 - 73 / 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 6400, Auto / 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2250, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400 / 80, 100, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 / Beach, Children, Portrait, Snow, Underwater
ISO sensitivity (max):6400
ISO sensitivity (min):80
Light exposure control:Program AE
Light exposure correction:± 2EV (1/3EV step) / ± 3EV (1/3EV step)
Light exposure modes:Aperture priority AE, Auto, Manual, Shutter priority AE / Auto
Light metering:Centre-weighted / Centre-weighted, Spot

Memory

Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC, SDXC
Memory slots:1

Networking

Bluetooth: No
Wi-Fi: No

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 40
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 90

Other Features

35 mm camera lens equivalent:0.205 - 1.02 / 0.945 - 4.72
Aperture range (F-F):5.2 - 26
Built-in flash: Yes
Camera shutter speed:1 - 1/2000; 15 - 1/2000 / 1 – 1/2000, 15 – 1/2000
Compatible operating systems:Windows 7 (SP1), Vista (SP2), XP (SP3)\nMac OS X v10.5 – 10.6 / Windows 7 / 7 SP1 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3\nMac OS X v10.5 – 10.6
Digital SLR: No
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):0.205 - 1.02 / 0.945 - 4.72
Frame: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Interface:USB
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Video capability: Yes
Video memory capacity:4GB
Weight:0.437

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Batteries included: Yes
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Bundled software:Windows 7 / 7 SP1 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3\nMac OS X v10.5 – 10.6 / ZoomBrowser EX, ImageBrowser, PhotoStitch, Map Utility
Cables included:USB

Picture Quality

Camera Type:Compact camera
Image Sensor Size:1/1.7
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Maximum image resolution:4000 x 3000
Megapixel:12.1
Scan technology:CMOS
Sensor Type:CMOS
Still image resolution(s):1280 x 720 / 384 x 480,480 x 480,640 x 360,640 x 424,640 x 480,960 x 1200,1200 x 1200,1600 x 1064,1600 x 1200,1696 x 2112,1920 x 1080,2112 x 2112,2400 x 3000,2816 x 1584,2816 x 1880,2816 x 2112,2992 x 2992,4000 x 2248,4000 x 2664 / 384 x 480,480 x 480,640 x 360,640 x 424,640 x 480,960 x 1200,1200 x 1200,1600 x 1064,1600 x 1200,1920 x 1080,2112 x 2112,2400 x 3000,2816 x 1584,2816 x 1880,2816 x 2112,2992 x 2992,4000 x 2248,4000 x 2664,4000 x 3000 / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO Duo, MS Pro-HG Duo, SD, xD
Supported aspect ratios:16:9 / 3:2, 4:3, 16:9 / 3:2, 4:3, 5:4, 16:9
Total megapixels:12.1 / 13.3

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
Optional connectivity:USB 2.0
PictBridge: Yes

Shutter

Camera shutter type:Electronic / Electronic, Mechanical
Fastest camera shutter speed:1/2000
Slowest camera shutter speed:15

Video

Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL / PAL
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Motion JPEG frame rate:24 / 30
Video compression format:H.264, MOV / MOV
Video formats supported:H.264,MOV / MOV
Video Frame Rate:24 / 30
Video recording: Yes
Video Resolutions:320 x 240, 640 x 480, 1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080 / 320 x 240,640 x 480,1280 x 720 / 320 x 240,640 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.05
Height:2.32 / 2.35
Weight:6.98
Weight (including battery):6.98
Width:3.89