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

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Canon PowerShot S100


Canon PowerShot S100 review


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As with other Canon PowerShot compact cameras, the S100 has a full complement of metering modes in the form of spot, centreweighted and evaluative. I spent most of my time with the S100 set to its evaluative mode. This generally produces good results and can be relied upon in most situations.

When shooting landscapes, evaluative metering tends to prioritise the foreground, which can often lead to blown-out skies. I tended to use the EV compensation to slightly underexpose the foreground, thus leaving some detail in the sky.

Images taking using the flash are well exposed, and there are a few basic flash controls, such as flash exposure compensation and slow sync flash when in the PASM exposure modes. However, in most of the scene modes the flash is automatic and the only real control is to switch it on or off, or to select the anti-redeye option. Given the situations in which the camera is likely to be used, these options should more than suffice.

Image: The PowerShot S100’s black & white mode is good, but sadly there are no contrast-adjustment options

  1. 1. Features
  2. 2. Build and Handling
  3. 3. Metering
  4. 4. Autofocus
  5. 5. Noise, Resolution and Sensitivity
  6. 6. White Balance and Colour
  7. 7. LCD, Live View and Video
  8. 8. Dynamic Range
  9. 9. Verdict
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