Canon PowerShot S100 HS | f/2 Aperture | 5x Optical Zoom

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Powershot S100, Staying on the Right Path

Canon PowerShot S100 IS 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

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Camera type Compact  
Camera Image sensor
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000  
Image ratio width:height 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9  
Operational pixels 12.1 megapixels  
Image sensor size 1/1.7" (7.49 x 5.52 mm)  
Image sensor type CMOS  
Processor Digic 4  
Camera Image
ISO value Auto, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400  
White bal presets 7  
Custom white bal modes Yes  
Stabilization type Optical  
Uncompressed format type RAW  
JPEG compression levels Fine, Normal  
Focusing and Optics
Focal length (equiv.) 24 120 mm  
Optical image zoom 5  
Autofocus type Contrast Detect (sensor), Multi-area, Tracking, Single, Face Detection, Live View  
Digital image zoom Yes (4x)  
Manual focus ability Yes  
Normal focus range 50 cm (19.69")  
Macro focus ratio 3 cm (1.18")  
Number of focus positions 9  
Camera mount Unknown  
Monitor and viewfinder
Pivoting LCD Fixed  
Monitor size 3"  
Screen resolution 461,000  
Touch screen interface No  
Live view LCD Yes  
Viewfinder style None  
Photography highlights
Largest aperture opening F2.0 - F5.9  
Slowest shutter speed 15 sec  
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 sec  
Aperture priority mode Yes  
Shutter priority mode Yes  
Manual exposure setting Yes  
Scene modes Yes  
Flash built-in Yes (Pop-up)  
Flash coverage 7 m  
External flash No  
Flash mode settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync  
Continuous shooting Yes (0.8 fps)  
Self-timing device Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)  
Metering mode settings Multi, Center-weighted, Spot  
Exposure compensation 2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)  
Videography highlights
File formats MPEG4  
Audio channels Stereo  
Video clips Yes (1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (24 fps) 640 x 480 (120, 30 fps), 320 x 240 (240, 30 fps))  
HD Modes 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (24 fps) 640 x 480 (120, 30 fps), 320 x 240 (240, 30 fps)  
Frames per second1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (24 fps) 640 x 480 (120, 30 fps), 320 x 240 (240, 30 fps)  
Media storage
Storage devices SD/SDHC/SDXC  
Multiple Device Connections
USB port USB 2.0 (480Mbit/sec)  
HDMI interface Yes  
Wireless connectivity EyeFi  
Physical features
Environmental sealing No  
Power Battery Pack  
Battery type Lithium-Ion NB-5L rechargeable battery & charger  
Battery life cycle 200  
Overall weight 198 g (0.44 lb / 6.98 oz)  
Overall dimensions 99 x 60 x 28 mm (3.9 x 2.36 x 1.1")  
Additional features
Built-in orientation sensor Yes  
Global Positioning System None  
Notes Features a Lens Control Ring that enables control of camera settings such as exposure compensation

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