The PowerShot S100 succeeds to the highly praised PowerShot S95, The Poweshot S90 and the
PowerShot S95 that came subsequent to that created a nice little niche camera for an
abundance of advanced photographers. Now Canon has announced the updated version the S100 and it appears they're staying on the right path.
A majority of the best stuff is still here and, some has been improved. The lens aperture still opens wide at f/2
at the maximum focal length, although now
features 5x optical zoom, raised from 3.8x zoom on the PowerShot S95. it now has an equivalent field of view of full-frame 24-120mm.
The S100 still is a member of the Canon HS system, although both the image processor and the image sensor have gotten increases in performance. The
sensor has now become 12.1 MP CMOS (increased from 10 MP) while the it's mated with Canon's new Digic 5 imaging processor, that Canon says is faster, improved for low light while more proficient at precise color reproduction.
Support for RAW has been continued over, along with the same tactile control ring at the camera front which can be fine-tuned to take care of various camera functions.
No surprise, Canon has also included the Intelligent IS first announced in August as they introduced the ELPH 510 HS. The S100 features six unique IS modes which the S100 selects the most appropriate one based upon the shooting situation.
Video mode has been ramped up to 1080p while maximum
ISO was bumped up to 6400 although the LCD display remains at 3-inches.
a completely totally new feature is the integrated GPS for native
geotagging. A GPS logger tracks your movement during the day, enabling you to use the included software to return to check out your route while you shot.
Another new addition S90 shooters will be happy to see is a new body grip. The S90 is quite slippery camera, so slippery that users actually started crafting stick-on body grips to allow for easier holding. Although the new S100 grip certainly does detract from it's clean aesthetic look, it's one place where function is better than fashion as the S100 would look much worse all scratched up from falling to the ground..
At the end of the day, this S100 is a a great deal more robust revision than the PowerShot S95 was over the S90. They've improved (the specs at least) practically everything. We'll see when it hits the stores in the early part of November at $429.
Announced Sep 15, 2011 ✓
• 12.1 MP CMOS Sensor
• 5x Optical Zoom - 24-120 mm Equivalent
• 3.0 inch TFT Color Display
• DIGIC 5 Image Processor
• 1080p HD Video W/Stereo Sound
• Fast f/2.0-5.9 Lens for Low Light Photos
• Control Ring for Easy Manual Control
• Intelligent IS Image Stabilization
• ISO Up to 6400
• 33 Shooting Modes for Better Control