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Canon PowerShot S100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1163 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the responsiveness and usability. The image quality and performance also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the viewfinder and features. Opinions about the reliability and shutter are mixed.

portability, performance, image quality, usability, responsiveness

battery, features, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot S100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon Powershot S100 Review


The Canon Powershot S95, one of the best compact cameras in the world was launched in September 2010. It belongs to Canon's S series and was followed by the S90. Though the S90 was a decent camera when it came to performances, the S95 was the camera...

The Canon Powershot S100 is priced in India at a MOP of Rs. 25,000. This camera is built really well and feels extremely sturdy. Feature-wise it has some improvements over its predecessor, like the larger sensor, 1080p video capabilities, increased...


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Canon PowerShot S100


The Canon PowerShot S100 is the next evolutionary step for Canon's premium PowerShot S-series lineup, and true to form the manufacturer packs it full of compact goodness. Like its predecessors, the S100 is a slim, sturdy camera that outdoes itself in...

Slim, but fits well in the hands ; Solid build quality ; Convenient manual control ring ; Great in low light

Price makes it a hard sell ; Reduced battery life

Pocket shooters looking for more of a challenge or advanced photographers who want a capable point-and-shoot will be fans of the S100's capabilities.

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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, and the S100 improves on many of...

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


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Canon PowerShot S100 (Black)


The Canon PowerShot S95 is a very good, popular camera with some commonly complained-about flaws: among those are the poor flash design, lack of a grip, narrow maximum aperture at the telephoto end of the zoom range, short battery life, slow...

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.

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Canon PowerShot S100Digital Camera Review


Canon's PowerShot S100 succeeds the S95, a high performance model that many consider to be the best deal in the ultracompact market. The latest iteration of this popular point-and-shoot offers more refinement than reinvention, though that's hardly a...

Following in the footsteps of the excellent S95, Canon once again strikes gold with the PowerShot S100. It’s a camera that fulfills the promise of every ultracompact: to cram an astounding level of power into a tiny, portable body. From now on, it is...

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Canon PowerShot S100 (2000) (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 ;...

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. They've aimed this camera squarely at everyday...

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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

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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...

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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...

While the Canon S100 is not yet officially released in the Philippines, a number of online stores are already selling it for around Php21k and up. It’s available in silver and black but it looks like only the black varinat is widely distributed. I got...

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Canon PowerShot S100 Review – The Holy Grail of Compacts


Every once in a blue moon a digital camera saunters across my desk that changes the game at multiple levels, and the Canon PowerShot S100 ($429.99) is one of those cameras. For an advanced point-and-shoot, the PowerShot S100 is about as good as you can...

Product Specifications

The PowerShot S100 is a sophisticated pocket-friendly point-and-shoot digital camera that has the power advanced users and enthusiasts need to create standout images. As with other PowerShot cameras, the compact PowerShot S100 incorporates all of the advanced Canon technologies that make capturing superb photos and video as easy as pressing a button. Yet, when it's time to get creative, the very same camera in the hands of a skilled photographer can produce stunning images that would be at home in a gallery. As automatic or manual as you need it to be, the PowerShot S100 is, at once, a pocket camera and a serious photographic tool, impressing even demanding pros. It incorporates the Canon HS SYSTEM, now featuring the new DIGIC 5 Image Processor for enhanced image quality and amazing low-light performance. The fast f/2.0 lens helps you tackle unfavorable lighting and capture breathtaking portraits with beautiful, shallow depth-of-field. 12.1 Megapixels ensure crisp, richly detailed images, and a 5x Optical Zoom provides an excellent all-around range to shoot near or far.


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: Yes
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/1.7''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:15
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Canon NB-5L
Battery Type:Canon NB-5L


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes