Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Camera Kit - Silver - with 8GB SD Memory Card, Spare NB-5L Type Lithium-ion Battery, Camera Case, Table Top Tripod

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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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (37),Large clear LCD (34),Good image quality (28),Image stabilization (27),Compact (15),Excellent image quality (15),Lightweight/portable (15),Nice features/settings (14),Fast / accurate auto-focus (12),Good low-light performance (12),Good in low light (10),Simple controls/menu (9) Quiet (8),High ISO performance (7),Durable (6),Fast shutter speed (6),Zoom range/performance (5),Short lag time (4),Good battery life (3),Nice body color (3) View All
Short battery life (28),No viewfinder (9),Poor image quality (6),Lag / shutter delay (5),Complicated controls/menu (4),Missing features/settings (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (25),Low light (21),Family photos (20),Landscape/scenery (15),Video (9),Weddings (8),Wildlife (8),Sports/action (6)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (18),Semi-pro photographer (8),Casual photographer (6),Pro photographer (3)

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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Canon S100 Reviews

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Reviewed by 73 customers


S100 great pocket camera


from Undisclosed

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


from New York  -  Photo Enthusiast

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


from Bakersfield, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

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


from Naples, fl  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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


from Chandler,AZ  -  Photo Enthusiast

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


from WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

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!


from NY  -  Casual Photographer

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


from bulgaria  -  Casual Photographer

Things that are great about it


Canon Powershot S100


from NEGA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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


from Central Illinois  -  Casual Photographer

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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Questions about this item:

Colin C  Does anyone know if this is a limited time offer or a permanent kit that's going to be stocked?
SUZANNE C  I bought mine back in March, so at least we know it's "semi" permanent!
Shopper  Are these 5 items brand new?
CILLA C  Yes -- all come individually packaged and in good shape. I'm really happy with my purchase!
Shopper  Do you use this for underwater photography? What housing do you use with it? How accessible are the control buttons on S100 while using the housing?
BOB N  Wish I could help but I've never tried underwater photography. At the age of 81 it sounds intriguing but probably out of the question. I'll stick to still lifes at the moment! Still have a lot to learn about the S100 -- truly a remarkable piece of work!
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