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Canon PowerShot S100 (2011)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1720 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. People are impressed by the size and screen. The portability and usability are also appreciated, whereas the control panel and viewfinder get less positive 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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Consumer review ( review summary for Canon PowerShot S100 (2011)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 user reviews of Canon PowerShot S100 (2011) from 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

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

Jul, 2020

Consumer review ( review summary for Canon PowerShot S100 (2011)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 942 user reviews of Canon PowerShot S100 (2011) from 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 Reviewers really like the image quality and size. The performance and portability also get good feedback, but there are some mixed comments about the design.

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

Jul, 2020

Consumer review ( review summary for Canon PowerShot S100 (2011)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Canon PowerShot S100 (2011) from 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

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

Jul, 2020


Expert review by : Kelcey Smith with additional content by Andy Westl (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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

Expert review by : Phil Askey (

Canon Digital IXUS Review (Powershot S100 Digital Elph / Ixy Digital)


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 easy to...

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 flash...

Here's my rating of the Canon Digital Ixus: (2 megapixel ultra compact class)

Highly Recommended

Expert review by : Mark Goldstein (

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 (

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 (

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 : (

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

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