PowerShot S100


PowerShot S100
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title PowerShot S100
Manufacturer Canon
Page By Alpinist
Page Type Apr 30, 2012 / Apr 30, 2012
Object ID 8188
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Product Description

The PowerShot S100 is a sophisticated pocket-friendly point-and-shoot digital camera that has the power advanced users and enthusiasts need to create standout images. As with other PowerShot cameras, the compact PowerShot S100 incorporates all of the advanced Canon technologies that make capturing superb photos and video as easy as pressing a button. Yet, when it's time to get creative, the very same camera in the hands of a skilled photographer can produce stunning images that would be at home in a gallery. As automatic or manual as you need it to be, the PowerShot S100 is, at once, a pocket camera and a serious photographic tool, impressing even demanding pros. It incorporates the Canon HS SYSTEM, now featuring the new DIGIC 5 Image Processor for enhanced image quality and amazing low-light performance. The fast f/2.0 lens helps you tackle unfavorable lighting and capture breathtaking portraits with beautiful, shallow depth-of-field. 12.1 Megapixels ensure crisp, richly detailed images, and a 5x Optical Zoom provides an excellent all-around range to shoot near or far.



  • 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor combined with the new DIGIC 5 Image Processor creates the Canon HS SYSTEM for improved low-light performance up to ISO 6400 and enhanced image quality.
  • Capture stunning Full HD 1080p video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button; zoom while shooting and play back videos on an HDTV via the HDMI output.
  • 5x Optical Zoom with 24mm wide angle allows you to capture more in your frame, and a bright f/2.0 lens makes it ideal for low-light conditions or using shallow depth-of-field for dramatic, soft backgrounds.
  • Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition.
  • High-Speed Burst HQ allows for continuous capture at a maximum of 8 frames* while maintaining superb image quality and Super Slow Motion Movie records video at high speeds to allow playback in slow motion.
  • Full range of shooting and recording modes including RAW + JPEG for the ultimate creative control, and a control ring for intuitive manual adjustment.
  • Built-in GPS tracker records your location, and a logger allows easy viewing of the locations on a map to help you remember where images were taken.
  • Large 3.0-inch wide LCD enables easy viewing.


Image Capture DeviceType
12.1 Megapixels, 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor
Total Pixels
Approx. 13.3 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 12.1 Megapixels

Focal Length
5.2 (W) - 26.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-120mm)
Focusing Range
Auto & Manual Focus: 1.2 in (3 cm) - infinity (W), 12 in (30 cm) - infinity (T)

Normal AF: 2.0 in. (5 cm) - infinity (W), 12 in. (30 cm) - infinity (T)

Macro: 1.2 in. (3 cm) - 1.6 ft. (50 cm) (W), 12 in. (30 cm) - 1.6 ft. (50 cm) (T)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus, Manual*

*Shooting standby only in movie mode.

Optical Viewfinder
LCD Monitor
3.0-inch TFT Color with wide viewing angle
LCD Pixels
Approx. 461,000 dots
LCD Coverage

Aperture and Shutter
Maximum Aperture
f/2.0 (W) - f/5.9 (T)
Shutter Speed
1-1/2000 sec.

15-1/2000 sec. (Total Shutter speed range)

Exposure Control
Auto, ISO 80/100/125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/ 2500/3200/4000/5000/6400 (in P Mode)
Light Metering Method
Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
* Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect AiAF

** Metering frame is fixed to the center/linked to AF frame
Exposure Control Method
Program AE, i-Contrast, Manual; AE Lock, Program Shift, Safety Shift, Auto ISO Shift
Exposure Compensation
+/-3 stops in 1/3-stop increments

White Balance
White Balance Control
Auto*, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom

* Facial color is evaluated in Face AiAF (Face Detect WB).

Built-in Flash
Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro
Flash Range
1.6 - 23 ft. (W), 1.6 - 7.5 ft. (T) (50 cm - 7.0 m (W), 50 cm - 2.3 m (T))
Recycling Time
10 seconds or less (battery voltage: 3.7 V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

Shooting Specifications
Shooting Modes
C, M, Av, Tv, P, Auto*1, SCN*2, Creative Filters *3, Movie*4
• Shooting videos are possible with the movie button
*1 Smart AUTO, also available for videos

*2 Movie Digest, Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, Smart Shutter*5, High-Speed Burst HQ, Handheld Night Scene, Beach, Underwater, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist

*3 High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap

*4 Standard, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie

*5 Smile, Wink Self-timer, Face Self-timer
Photo Effects
My Colors

My Colors Off, Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom
Self Timer
Approx. 10-sec. delay, approx. 2-sec. delay, custom*

*Delay time (0-10 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.
Wireless Control
Not available
Continuous Shooting
Approx. 2.3 shots/sec. (in P mode)

Approx. 9.6 shots/sec. (in High-Speed Burst HQ)*
* Maximum of 8 continuous shots per burst
• Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically.
• Differs depending on the zoom position.

Image Storage
Storage Media
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards and Eye-Fi
File Format
Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Recording Format
Normal, Fine
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif 2.3 (JPEG)

RAW (CR2 (Canon Original));

Video: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels
Large: 4000 x 2248
Medium 1: 2816 x 1584
Medium 2: 1920 x 1080
Small: 640 x 360
Large: 4000 x 2664
Medium 1: 2816 x 1880
Medium 2: 1600 x 1064
Small: 640 x 424
Large: 4000 x 3000
Medium 1: 2816 x 2112
Medium 2: 1600 x 1200
Small: 640 x 480
RAW: 4000 x 3000
Large: 2992 x 2992
Medium 1: 2112 x 2112
Medium 2: 1200 x 1200
Small: 480 x 480
Large: 2400 x 3000
Medium 1: 1696 x 2112
Medium 2: 960 x 1200
Small: 384 x 480

Playback Specifications
Playback Modes File
Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Category, Transition Effects, Histogram, Index (4-100 thumbnails*), Over Exposure Warning, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Trimming, Resize, Image Inspection Tool, i-Contrast;

Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing, Auto Rotate, Resume

*As viewed in LCD monitor

Erasing Specifications
Erase Modes
Still Image: single image, all images

Movie: part of movie, all of movie

Video Out
Audio Out
Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
Power Source
1. Rechargeable Battery Pack NB-5L

2. Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10 (included with AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC30)
Shooting Capacity
Still Image: approx. 200 shots*
Playback Time
Approx. 4 hours

Physical Specifications
Operating Temperature
Operating Humidity
Dimensions (W x H x D)
3.90 x 2.34 x 1.05 in / 98.9 x 59.8 x 26.7 mm
Approx. 6.98 oz. (198 g) (including the batteries and memory card)

Approx. 6.10 oz. (173 g) (camera body only)
27 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi, Hindi)


US Retail Cost: ~$400

External Links

Canon USA website




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Alpinist - Apr 30, 2012 10:05 pm - Voted 5/5

S95 replacement model
I just purchased this camera because my SD500 finally broke after one too many drops. I bought it based on the following:
  • Compact, point and shoot camera can be strapped to my chest harness for quick access
  • Great image quality
  • Supports both fully manual and fully automatic modes
  • Supports full HD movies
  • Good review by DPreview.com
  • It also records GPS coordinates, though I won't use that feature on long trips since it shortens the battery life.

Update: The battery life during my first trip lasted about 3 days. I usually take about 100 photos per day. My old camera (SD500) had a viewfinder and the batteries would typically last about a week. Since the S100 does not have a viewfinder, the LCD screen is on whenever the camera is on which uses more power than the SD500. I knew this would happen before I bought the camera but decided that the image quality and other features outweighed the battery issue.

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