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Canon PowerShot S100 review

Canon PowerShot S100 - One of the Best Compact Cameras of 2011

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Launch SRP S$699

Overall rating 9/10
Performance:
8.5
Design:
9
Features:
9
User-Friendliness:
8.5
Value:
9
THE GOOD
Great low-noise performance
Image clarity is superb
Manual control is quick and easy
Better grip than previous models
THE BAD
Corner softness at some apertures
Detail loss starts early at ISO400
Battery life is low at 200 shots


Introduction

Introduction

The PowerShot S100 is Canon's latest high-end compact camera. It has a larger than usual 1/1.7-inch sensor for a compact camera, similar in size to the 2010 PowerShot G12. It also comes with full manual controls, a control ring around the lens and a control wheel on the back to quickly change essential settings. It opens with a wide 24mm and fast f/2 aperture at its widest. It's a compact aimed for the enthusiast, but with its small size it can be attractive to casual users as well.

While the S95 before it was a general update to the S90, the S100 brings significant changes to the table. The sensor resolution has been upped from a 10MP CCD sensor to a 12MP CMOS sensor, video resolution has increased from 720p to 1080p, and optical zoom has been lengthened from 3.8x to 5x. A GPS module is built-in and handling has been improved with a front grip.

The S100 looks like it could very well be the compact camera of the year - and we think it comes pretty close. More details on its evolution and performance in the following few pages.