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
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excellent pocket camera with RAW
This is an excellent pocket size camera. I am a hobbyist but also a significant stock photo shooter and usually carry around about 16 pounds of camera and gear (Canon 5D, 70-200, 24-70, tripod, etc). The s100 does not completely replace all the other gear but does a great job in mamy applications ( I have all those L lenses so I cannot abandon them altogether). Landscape, macro,indoor low light,some action, video,are very good and I use it for significant iStockphoto work now, much to my sur...View full Review
This is an excellent pocket size camera. I am a hobbyist but also a significant stock photo shooter and usually carry around about 16 pounds of camera and gear (Canon 5D, 70-200, 24-70, tripod, etc). The s100 does not completely replace all the other gear but does a great job in mamy applications ( I have all those L lenses so I cannot abandon them altogether). Landscape, macro,indoor low light,some action, video,are very good and I use it for significant iStockphoto work now, much to my surprise. I am shooting a lot of editorial photos now and this camera is perfect. People dont shy away or even notice a camera like this in a public place as opposed to the big rig. I am able to quickly pull this out and unobtrusively take far more shots that ever before. My biggest issues so far are these: 1-relatively slow frames per second, cant replace my other for skiing shoots. 2-the small size make stable video difficult, but I think that is something I can learn to control with practice. 3-A general complaint about EVERY camera without a viewfinder, I simply cannot see ANYTHING in bright daylight including what I am trying to photograph. As a result you have to know your controls well, as in exposure compensation, literaly be able to do it with your eyes closed. I have found that I can use my hands to shade enough to see the histogram and know if I am in the ballpark. RAW capability was a must for me. I like the idea of full manual control but find that "P" is really all I need most of the time to set the ISO, or f-stop, or speed where I want and let it do the rest. Since I shoot in RAW, I can change whaterever else I want in Lightroom later and have not played with the multitude of effects, filter, and other features. Some say the battery life is poor, I make sure I always charge prior to use and have only needed my backup once on a 10 degree day. So far not a problem.
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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 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. .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Things that are great about it
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.
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.