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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By combining raw image capture with features such as HD video and GPS tagging, the Canon PowerShot S100 is certainly one of the most highly featured compact cameras we have seen. But the camera isn’t all bells and whistles. The new Canon 12.1-million-pixel sensor and Digic 5 processor at the S100’s core produce great images that are among the best quality I have seen from a compact camera, particularly when shooting raw at low sensitivities.

However, what really makes the S100 appealing is its size. It is small enough to carry anywhere, which is something few other compact cameras that shoot raw can boast.


Video:1920x1080 24fps, super-slow-motion movie 640x480 120fps or 320x240 240fps saved as MOV file with stereo audio
Exposure Comp:±3EV in 1⁄3EV steps
Compression:2-stage JPEG
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, HDMI
Metering System:Evaluative, centreweighted average, spot (centre or linked to face detection AF or FlexiZone AF frame)
External mic:No
White Balance:Auto 7 presets, Kelvin, plus custom setting
Viewfinder Type:N/A
Memory Card:SD, SDHC or SDXC
Built-in Flash:Yes
Output Size:4000x3000 pixels
White Balance Bracket:No
LCD:3in LCD with 461,000 dots
Sensor:1/1.7in, 12.1-million-effective-pixel CMOS sensor
Max Flash Sync:1/2000sec
Exposure Modes:Smart auto, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual and 23 scene modes
Weight:Approx 198g (including battery and memory card)
Power:Rechargeable Li-Ion NB-5L battery
Lens:5.2-26mm f/2-f/5.9 (35mm equivalent 24-120mm)
File Format:Raw, JPEG, raw+JPEG simultaneously
AF array:Maximum up to 493 zones in manual selection mode
Drive Mode:2.3fps or 0.8fps with AF, raw or JPEG, or 9.6fps for 8 raw or JPEG images
Shutter Speeds:15-1/2000sec in 1⁄3EV steps
Colour Space:sRGB
Focusing Modes:Manual, single, continuous, tracking AF or face detection
DoF Preview:No
  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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