With a new 12.1-million-pixel sensor and raw image capture, Canon’s PowerShot S100 could catch the eye of many enthusiast photographers. Richard Sibley takes a closer look
Build and Handling
With dimensions of just 98.9×59.8×26.7mm the metal-bodied S100 can properly be described as compact camera. In fact, the camera is as small as some of the Canon IXUS models. Unlike the G12, the S100 is truly pocketable, and will fit in a trouser pocket easily.
To help the user access and change manual controls and advanced features as quickly and as easily as possible, the S100 has four buttons on the rear of the camera, as well as a directional control. Surrounding this is a wheel that allows an exposure setting to be changed quickly.
Similarly, there is wheel around the rear of the lens, where it meets the body. When turned, this can also be used to change any number of settings, including aperture, shutter speed, EV compensation and even the focal length of the lens. Using a control around the lens will feel familiar for any DSLR photographers, and it feels natural using this dial to change settings, particularly if it is set to control the aperture or zoom function of the lens.
Anyone who has used a compact camera will have no trouble navigating the PowerShot S100’s menu system, while those more used to using a DSLR will find that there are enough direct controls to change settings quickly.
One minor issue with the build of the camera is that the pop-up flash, on the top left of the camera, is placed where most people will naturally rest the forefinger of their left hand.