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Canon PowerShot S100 12.1 Megapixel Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom, 24mm Wide Angle Lens, 3" LCD Color Display - Silver

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About Canon S100

Sleek and Serious.

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.

The Canon S100 is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Travel, Wildlife and more.The Canon S100 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Canon S100 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon S100: Compact, Easy to use, Good image quality, Good in low light, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD and Zoom range/performance

Canon S100 Features

  • 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor combined with the new DIGIC 5 Image Processor createsthe 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 shallowdepth-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 videoat high speeds to allow playback in slow motion.
  • Full range of shooting and recording modes including RAW + JPEG for the ultimatecreative 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.
  • Face Detection Technology & Smart Shutter
  • Special Scene Modes
  • Best Image Selection

Canon S100 Specifications

Camera Type
Compact digital camera with built-in flash, 5x Optical/4x Digital (not w/ RAW or Widescreen)/20x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System
Total Pixels
12.1 Megapixels, 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor
Effective Pixels
Approx. 12.1 Megapixels
Focal Length
5.2 (W) - 26.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-120mm)
Optical Zoom
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.)
LCD Monitor
3.0-inch TFT color with wide viewing angle
LCD Pixels
Approx. 461,000 pixels
LCD Coverage
Maximum Aperture
f/2.0 (W) - f/5.9 (T)
Shutter Speed
1-1/2000 sec.
15-1/2000 sec. (Total Shutter speed range)
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 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 sec. or less (battery voltage 3.7V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Modes
C, M, Av, Tv, P, Auto (Smart AUTO, also available for videos) SCN (Movie Digest, Portrait, Landscape, Kids & Pets, Smart Shutter(Smile, Wink, Self Timer, Face Self-timer) High-Speed Burst HQ, Handheld Night Scene, Beach, Underwater, Foliage, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist)
Shooting Modes (continued)
Creative Filters ( High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap)
Movie ( Standard, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie )
Photo Effects
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
Storage Media
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards and Eye-Fi
File Format
Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
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 1
Still Image: 16:9: Large: 4000 x 2248, Medium 1: 2816 x 1584, Medium 2: 1920 x 1080, Small: 640 x 360
3:2: Large: 4000 x 2664, Medium 1: 2816 x 1880, Medium 2: 1600 x 1064, Small: 640 x 424
4:3: Large: 4000 x 3000, Medium 1: 2816 x 2112, Medium 2: 1600 x 1200, Small: 640 x 480, RAW: 4000 x 3000
1:1: Large: 2992 x 2992, Medium 1: 2112 x 2112, Medium 2: 1200 x 1200 Small: 480 x 480
4:5: Large: 2400 x 3000, Medium 1: 1696 x 2112, Medium 2: 960 x 1200, Small: 384 x 480
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
Erase Modes
Still Image: single image, all images
Movie: part of movie, all of movie
Video Out
Audio Out
Other Interfaces
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 Supply
Rechargeable Battery Pack NB-5L
Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10 (included with AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC30)
Operating Temperature
32-104 deg.F/0-40 deg.C
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)
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Little camera packs a big punch!

I owned a Powershot S45 before, but it was getting outdated (MPs, battery type, memory card, etc.). However, it still works. So when I was shopping for a new pocket camera, I looked no further than the Canon PowerShot series. I read reviews on the latest models and felt that for the price, I didn't need to spend the extra money on the wireless features of the S110. So I went with the S100. I love this camera! It doesn't feel cheaply made. And it does RAW format, which is not common in ...

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I owned a Powershot S45 before, but it was getting outdated (MPs, battery type, memory card, etc.). However, it still works. So when I was shopping for a new pocket camera, I looked no further than the Canon PowerShot series. I read reviews on the latest models and felt that for the price, I didn't need to spend the extra money on the wireless features of the S110. So I went with the S100. I love this camera! It doesn't feel cheaply made. And it does RAW format, which is not common in most point-and-shoot cameras. I'm not ready to lug around a DSLR, yet, so I settled on one of the best, feature-rich point-and-shoot compact cameras I know of. Plus, I'm partial to Canon products. I'm familiar with their dials, buttons, and features, so it was easy to assimilate to this camera. I'm still exploring some of the new features of this model, but here are some things I've noticed so far. The shutter lag is a little bit of an issue. However, while trying the different shooting modes, I discovered one in which the shutter lag was not much of an issue. I also think I wasn't pressing the shutter down hard enough. But I'll still be exploring this. Other than that, I do miss the optical viewfinder. On my S45, I was able to shut off the display and compose my shots through the viewfinder. This saved my battery, because I'd often encounter a dead battery before I could get to a charger. I'm still on the fence about a camera that comes with a chargeable battery or one that uses alkaline batteries. You can buy alkalines anywhere, but you have to buy them, and they're not always "new" in foreign countries. With a rechargeable battery, I've learned to charge it overnight for each day's shooting I'll be doing, or buy an extra to swap out. Also, the flash pops up at the top of the camera body. I'm still getting used to this, as I tend to put a finger over it, forgetting that it's going to rise up. I fear this is a moving part that may be more susceptible to being broken. I just have to remember it's there and hold the camera elsewhere. I'm right-handed, and it pops up on the left side. I tend to shoot with my right hand, so my left is holding the camera securely. I've often had my finger firmly over the top of where the flash mechanism pops up. This is a bit of a nusance. Those are the only few cons to this little powerhouse of a camera. Other than that, I'm excited to try out the aperture and shutter priority settings and some of the other scene shooting modes built in. Oh, and I like the programmable ring on the lens that you can adjust for focal length (great for adding awesome depth-of-field to portrature), or you can "program" the ring to do another function all-together! Wish I could say I've tried it all, but this camera has so many new features, it's going to take me a while to play with them all and test them out.

Reviewed by 72 customers


S100 great pocket camera


very nice pocket camera. small, great IQ, nice features. RAW image or JPG, 2.0 thru more than 1/2 the zoom. HDR and night shots. good ISO control. hard to beat at this price range.


I am happy with this camera


I just purchased this little point and shoot camera. I use it for photographing art work , casual shots ,and family photos. Portable,light and easy to work with. .


Good upgrade


I bought this as an upgrade to my trusty S95. The controls are familiar and seemingly easier. Being a used item, this came extremely well packaged (double bubble wrapped) and in perfect condition. I would definitely buy more used items from Adorama in the future without hesistation.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Better than the S90, which it replaced


My S90 was aging after getting thousands of photos with it, so I got the S100, and love its wider view, slightly faster response time, and dislike its short battery life compared to the S90. Shutter lag is till a little slow. Three steps foreward, one step back. I got a Lenmar battery and that has at least as long battery life for way less money.


small camera but big on features


This little camera is perfect for digiscoping. It is a small point and shoot, but has the ability to take both jpeg and raw manually. I would give it 5 stars, but I know the camera has had some problems with the lens and I may need a firmware update. The battery is short lived and I have read about concerns with temperature. So far I am very pleased.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


great so far


I own a Nikon D5100 DSLR and a small inexpensive Canon point & Shoot camera. I love my Nikon but for vacations and other occasions it's just too big to lug around. We purchased our other point & shoot Canon for a trip three years ago. Although I love the outdoor photos it took I was always disappointed in it's low light capabilities. So I gave that camera to my husband and bought the Canon S100 for myself on Ken Rockwell's recommendations. As a DSLR user primarily I wanted a camera with a lot more control than simply setting it on auto and firing away. This camera gives me a lot of options plus a dedicated ring for aperture adjustment. I can easlily adjust the lighting for day or night. I've so far used it in manual mode but also a couple of shots in auto when I wanted to take a quick shot without thinking about it. I haven't had this camera long but so far am really happy with it. Plus the photos are crisp and clear and even at a higher ISO in lower light the photos turn out good. It feels pretty solid in your hands too. I'm sold on this camera and look forward to years of use. I'd recommend this to my friends.


Love this camera!


Photos are crisp and clear! I need to read the manual to understand all the options it offers. Great flash for low light situations. Movie feature is marvelous! Microphone surprises me when volume is low. Video allows zooming while recording. Not all camera of this size offers this. Size is perfect for me - easy to fit in your pocket. I wish the strap had the extra slide to allow for tightening around my wrist. Without this, the strap loop is too big for me.


I would buy this product again and again


Things that are great about it


Canon Powershot S100


The Canon Powershot S100 is an ideal pocket camera for me. The camera is easy to use and the image quality is very high. I can shoot jpeg and RAW so Photoshop editing of the images is easy. For the money, this camera is hard to beat.


So far so good


I previously had a PowerShot s95 that got the infamous lens error. Instead of risking an expensive repair, I opted to get this s100. It was about $100 extra. The camera is better than the s95, probably the best pocket size point and shoot out there. But Canon lacks integrity in the fragility of their lens system. The motors should have torque limiters to avoid doing serious damage. And failing to put out a reasonably durable product, the company should have the integrity to stand up and replace the lens systems when they fail for nothing more than the cost of shipping to / from. People buy this camera because it takes great pictures in a tiny package. Just be aware you are at risk of a $180-ish (with shipping) repair if you accidentally turn on the camera in your pocket.


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