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Canon Powershot S100 Camera Review

From the excellent DP Review site

“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 exactly a year later, stuck with much the same formula – a relatively large sensor (at least in compact camera terms), a 28-105mm equivalent zoom lens with a fast F2 maximum aperture at wideangle, and a multi-functional control dial around the lens. But while its successor, the S100, looks much the same again on the outside, it is to all intents and purposes a brand new camera.

Crucially, the S100’s three key imaging elements are all entirely new. The lens range has been extended wider and longer, to a 24-120mm equivalent 5x zoom; it retains the fast F2 maximum aperture at wideangle but is limited to a rather less-impressive F5.9 at telephoto (an inevitable consequence of the camera’s compact dimensions). Secondly the S100 debuts Canon’s latest DIGIC 5 image processor, which the company says is six times faster than the previous version, allowing more sophisticated image processing and noise reduction. But perhaps most significantly, the S100’s image sensor is a Canon-made 12.1 MP ‘high sensitivity’ CMOS sensor in the 1/1.7″ format (approx 7.5 x 5.5mm); only the second home-grown sensor the company has used in a compact camera after the PowerShot SX1 IS of 2008.”……..……..READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE

Here is a quick roundup of the review

Conclusion – Pros

  • 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
  • Exposure simulation in live-view and accurate live histogram
  • Good manual controls (in particular the control ring)
  • Compact and well built
  • Addition of hand grip makes the camera easier to hold than its predecessors
  • Integrated GPS allows you to geo-tag your images.
  • Zooming is possible while recording videos

Conclusion – Cons

  • 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 blocked by your finger