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Canon PowerShot S100 / Digital IXUS / IXY Digital

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1125 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the performance and image quality. The size and portability also get good reviews. Some have doubts about the features and shutter. The viewfinder and memory get mixed reviews.

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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 / Digital IXUS / IXY Digital is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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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.

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Canon PowerShot S100 Review


Once again Canon has improved on an already powerful and easy to use digicam. With a full set of upgraded hardware and outstanding quality, this is a wonderfully powerful camera with amazing quality. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

Solid metal Build ; Awesome f/2.0 - f/5.9, 5x zoom lens ; New 12-Megapixel sensor creates larger and still very impressive images ; A slew of easy-to-use custom shooting settings ; Full manual control with Neutral Density filter for unmatched control...

Noticeable aberrations in some sample images ; Weaker flash (falls off very fast when using the zoom) ; New features consume a lot of power and can be tough on the camera's battery ; 430 price tag is not for everyone

Once again Canon has improved on an already powerful and easy to use digicam. With a full set of upgraded hardware and outstanding quality, this is a wonderfully powerful camera with amazing quality. Read more in our

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Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Elph


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The Elph Goes Digital


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Canon PowerShot S100 (Digital IXUS)


Open your wallet, take out a credit card.. No, I'm not going to ask you to order one just yet, that credit card is the same size as the front of the Digital IXUS. Small? You bet. This is truly the smallest digicam I've ever reviewed and weighs in as...

Tiny size, light weight, strong metallic case, looks (these add up to portability); Automatic lens cover; Fairly good image quality (though not breathtaking at 100%), good colour balance; Super-Fine JPEG mode for TIFF quality at half the size; Nice...

Still got that "Canon" slightly cool / under saturated look to images; Some visible noise on flat areas; No support for CF Type II (probably a battery limit); Moiré pattern / early detail aliasing at distances; Very limited low-light abilities; Small...

Nobody could fault Canon for producing the smallest, lightest digital camera yet, and they certainly couldn't fault them for building it with a large degree of precision and an eye to robustness.

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Canon Powershot S100


The new Canon PowerShot S100 (Digital ELPH) is undoubtedly the smallest 2-megapixel digital camera with an optical zoom. When powered down, the lens is safely tucked away inside of the highly durable stainless steel body and it measures just 3.4 x 2.2 x 1

Here's what the Canon soft (leather) case looks like, comes with a belt loop like a cellphone case. Thanks to Ike Tamigian for the photo.

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Canon PowerShot S100


Canon's premium pocket digital camera, the PowerShot S100, gets a facelift, plus the addition of a wider lens, higher resolution video, a few more megapixels, and built-in GPS. It's not quite as fast in the autofocus department as we like to see, but...

Slimmer than past models; 12-megapixel resolution sensor improves on image quality across ISO range; Video includes 1080p, autofocus, and zoom during recording; HDR mode works well

Costs $30 more; Slight buzz when zooming while recording video; Grip isn't as useful as it could be; Slow autofocus

At first the Canon S100 seems pretty similar to its predecessors. It certainly looks similar, despite the few cosmetic accents that don't appeal to me personally. Its odd color and strange grip put me off at first, but as I continued to use it and...

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Canon PowerShot S100


Canon once again strikes gold with the PowerShot S100, an ideal first camera, perfect for aspiring photographers.

An excellent first foray for aspiring photographers

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Canon PowerShot S100 Digital ELPH


Using the same body as the popular ELPH2 Advanced Photo System camera, the "Digital ELPH" is by far the smallest digital camera -- and it has a real optical zoom to boot. Just how small is this thing? Take a look at the photos below, which show it next...

This thing is tiny! Just don't lose it ; Beautiful and rugged design -- except for maybe that CF door ; Competent photos ; Fast processing ; CompactFlash support ; Good stuff "in the box

No manual controls ; A bit pricey

The photo quality is good in almost all cases, except in some photos with shadows. See the gallery for lots of sample photos.

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Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Elph


Compact ; pleasing image quality


Two-Megapixel Camera Serves Up Pleasing Images, Fits in a Pocket

Product Specifications

This is true digital creativity in one sleek, compact camera. Canon's PowerShot S100 Digital Elph is the easiest and most dazzling way to go digital. Make room for the latest breakthrough in digital camera design! The new Canon PowerShot Digital Elph packs cutting-edge technologies into a body similar to Canon's wildly popular Elph 2. It's the world's smallest and lightest 2-megapixel digital camera, yet it packs more punch than its larger contemporaries do. Just slip it into your pocket and head out for the day. How did Canon come up with a camera this small, and at the same time enhance the quality of the picture? Easy: Canon Know-How! The PowerShot Digital Elph features a high resolution 1600 x 1200 half-inch 2.11 megapixel CCD. This means that you can make a large 8" x 10" print from your color printer with plenty of fine detail and stunning results. The Three-Point TTL (Through-The-Lens) AiAF autofocus uses three separate active focusing points to keep your picture crisp and sharp, even when the subject is off-center. And multiple shooting modes give you more options, ensuring that you will make the most of your shooting situation. You'll be amazed with your results. With the PowerShot S100 Digital Elph, you have so much power in the palm of your hand, and you'll be amazed that it takes so little effort to access that power. Five buttons control all of the functions on the camera. It's that easy. In addition, the PowerShot Digital Elph makes switching between picture taking and viewing your pictures on the LCD monitor quick, easy, and intuitive. You just flip one switch on the dial and you'll be in the mode you want. Everyone likes to do things their own way. That's why the PowerShot Digital Elph has a Graphical User Interface for easy setup and operation. All of the popular features, such as flash mode setting, self-timer, continuous shooting, and macro focus are readily available at the push of a button. Each day and every situation has different lighting conditions. That's why the PowerShot Digital Elph is fitted with Four Flash Functions. You can set the PowerShot Digital Elph to Autoflash, manually select your own exposure, or use the Fill Flash setting to open deep shadows on bright sunny days. And to achieve natural backgrounds with well-illuminated foreground subjects, the camera also features a slow-sync speed flash mode. This makes for dramatic sunset images or sparkling nighttime cityscapes. The PowerShot S100 Digital Elph provides you with the potential to be more creative. Even on the longest of vacations, it's doubtful you'll run out of room with this camera. No reloading, no messing with cartridges of film because the PowerShot S100 Digital Elph uses popular CompactFlash cards to store all images.

Audio Input

Type: None

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):3.8cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Macro / Stitch assist

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:8MB


Model:S100/S100 Digital ELPH
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon Digital IXUS/Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.0
Max Focal Length:10.8mm
Min Focal Length:5.4mm
Optical Zoom:2
Type:Zoom lens


Color:Metallic silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2"/1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):12.7 mm ( 1/2 ) / 12.7 mm ( 1/2" )/9.4 mm ( 1/2.7 ) / 9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:2.1Megapixel

Optical System

Image Stabilizer: None

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:PAL
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):100
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD/Optical