Canon PowerShot S100

September 15, 2011 | Mark Goldstein | Digital Compact Cameras | 16 Comments | |
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The Canon PowerShot S100 is an advanced compact camera that features an f/2.0 lens and an enhanced HS System. Based around a high-sensitivity 12.1 megapixel 1/1.7-type CMOS sensor, the Canon S100 also offers a 24mm ultra-wide angle, 5.0x optical zoom lens, new DIGIC 5 processor, maximum ISO of 6400 at full resolution, and 9.6fps burst shooting. The Canon PowerShot S100 will be available from November 2011, priced at £439.00 / €509.00 / $429.99.

Canon UK Press Release

Canon unveils the PowerShot S100 – expert control, seriously compact

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland 15th September 2011 – Canon today announces the launch of the new PowerShot S100 – a powerful, versatile and highly compact camera offering photographers extensive control and leading image quality. The most advanced PowerShot S-series model to date, the PowerShot S100 surpasses the high standards set by its acclaimed predecessor, featuring a new f/2.0 Canon lens and an enhanced HS System, which combines an elite high-sensitivity sensor with the very latest in Canon processing technology – DIGIC 5.

Packed with upgrades, the PowerShot S100 marks a true step forward for the PowerShot S-series. Its 24mm ultra-wide angle, 5.0x optical zoom genuine Canon lens provides greater power and flexibility, and combines with Canon’s Intelligent Image Stabilizer (IS) system to deliver crisp, clear images in stills and movies. GPS functionality records the time and location of every shot, Full HD movie recording captures stunning video, and the powerful DIGIC 5 processor offers fast shooting speeds and even better image quality in all conditions. All of these new features also come in a super-slim body measuring just 26.7mm front-to-back, available in matte black and titanium silver variants.

The HS System with DIGIC 5 – new levels of power
The PowerShot S100 features the most powerful implementation of the HS System yet. Building on the PowerShot S-series’ reputation for providing high-quality, low noise images in low light, the enhanced HS System optimally combines DIGIC 5 processing with a high-sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel 1/1.7-type CMOS developed using Canon EOS sensor know-how – providing an even more powerful basis for low light photography. Supporting a maximum ISO of 6400 at full resolution, the camera fully-utilises the high performance of the CMOS sensor and the power of DIGIC 5 to reduce image noise – offering the reassurance of excellent image quality in all conditions.

Designed to achieve new and advanced levels of image quality, DIGIC 5 analyses four times more image information to create each pixel, recording more detail and colour from a scene than ever before. Processing speed is also six times faster compared to the previous processor, efficiently managing the increase in scene information and simultaneously reducing the appearance of image noise by up to 75% (Source: Canon internal testing. Comparison between the PowerShot S95 and the PowerShot S100 at ISO 1600 sensitivity).

Genuine Canon lens with Intelligent Image Stabilizer
The PowerShot S100 features a new, high performance lens developed and manufactured using the same methods and expertise as Canon’s leading EF lenses. A benchmark in Canon optical technology, the lens supports 24mm ultra-wide angle coverage for shooting horizons and landscapes, and an extended 5.0x optical zoom for zooming into distant scenes or subjects – all while offering a bright f/2.0 maximum aperture, and a light and compact design.

Intelligent IS utilises Canon’s highly-effective 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer to counter camera shake in stills and Full HD movies. Providing seven modes of stabilisation (Normal IS, Panning IS, Macro IS, Dynamic IS, Powered IS, Dynamic Macro IS, Tripod mode). Intelligent IS automatically identifies the scene and adapts the optical Image Stabilizer settings for optimal compensation. Panning IS is ideal for following racetrack action, ensuring the IS system only corrects the axis vertical to the direction of movement, while Macro IS features Hybrid IS technology for shooting clear close-ups. Powered IS uses Canon camcorder technology to film distant subjects when using the zoom, while Tripod mode switches off IS when the camera is on a stable surface or attached to a tripod.

Enhanced control
The PowerShot S100 offers full manual control over shooting settings and modes. Designed to fit seamlessly into a photographer’s existing workflow, it supports RAW format shooting and offers compatibility with Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software as standard, providing a perfect second camera for DSLR users.

The popular Lens Control Ring, synonymous with the modern PowerShot S-series, also provides a tactile way to control picture settings such as focus and exposure. Users can assign the Lens Control Ring to a number of different image parameters, including shutter speed, ISO sensitivity and aperture, allowing them to fine tune their exposure in 1/3-stop increments. The ‘Ring Function’ button and rear Multi-Control Dial can also be custom-assigned to control other pre-selected functions, providing complete flexibility to serve different user styles.

High-speed and complete ease-of-use
Using the power of the DIGIC 5, the PowerShot S100 is ideal for capturing fast-moving action. High-speed Burst HQ is perfect for everything from sports to parties, capturing a rapid sequence of eight full resolution shots at up to 9.6 shots/sec. For recording the drama of high-speed action, Super Slow Motion Movie mode also records videos at 240 fps (QVGA quality) or 120 fps (VGA quality).

For easy shooting in a range of situations, Canon’s Smart Auto mode ensures great results by selecting the optimum settings for a scene from 32 variables. New Multi-area White Balance also makes images look more natural by detecting scenes with two different light sources and applying area-specific white balance correction. For instance, when shooting a portrait with flash under tungsten lighting, the camera will simultaneously apply tungsten white balance to the background and flash white balance to a person’s face, ensuring both the subject and background look natural.

A wealth of additional features
Ideal for users who want to record the location of every shot, the PowerShot S100’s integrated GPS unit records where and when images are taken, so users can keep an accurate record of the place and time their pictures are taken. Additionally, the GPS Logger facility records a user’s journey, allowing them to review their travels by using the supplied Map Utility software which integrates with Google Maps (Google, Google Maps and Google Earth are trademarks of Google Inc).

Stunning Full HD (1080p) video is also captured at 24 frames per second with stereo sound. The 5.0x optical zoom can be used during video capture, while Dynamic IS and Powered IS mode within Intelligent IS counteract camera shake when recording whilst moving, or when using the zoom. An HDMI-CEC port makes it easy to share videos, allowing users to play images back on compatible HDTVs using the TV remote.

A large, premium-quality 7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G LCD display is perfect for framing and playback, with a fine 461k dot resolution that offers high contrast and excellent colour reproduction. A tempered glass outer layer provides a wide viewing angle and resistance to scratches, and new grips on both the front and back of the camera body offer improved handling, making this the ideal pocket camera for enthusiasts.

Expand your possibilities
The PowerShot S100 is instantly compatible with a range of Canon accessories. The new HF-DC2 is an external flash unit that can be used to supplement the on-board flash, allowing users to capture a broader range of subjects. Users can also explore the world of underwater photography with the new optional Waterproof Case WP-DC43, which provides water resistance to depths of 40 metres and protects the camera from dust, dirt and damage – making it perfect for snorkelling or diving on holiday.

Share stories with CANON iMAGE GATEWAY
Owners of the PowerShot S100 can also join the CANON iMAGE GATEWAY, an online facility for sharing photos and video. The CANON iMAGE GATEWAY Online Photo Album provides up to 2GB of personal storage capacity – enough room for hundreds of high-quality images.

Canon PowerShot S100 – key features:
High-sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS (1/1.7 type)
HS System with powerful DIGIC 5
Ultra-wide 24mm, f/2.0, 5x zoom lens. Intelligent IS
Lens Control Ring, NR Control & RAW
Large 7.5 cm (3.0”) LCD
High-speed Burst HQ
Smart Auto, Multi-area WB
Optional Waterproof Case

Pricing & Availability
The PowerShot S100 is available from November 2011, priced at £439.00/€509.00 RRP incl. VAT.

About Canon (UK) Limited
Canon (UK) Ltd is the UK & Ireland marketing and sales operation for the global company, Canon Inc., based in Tokyo, Japan and it employs around 1,450 people.
Founded in 1937, with the specific goal of making the best quality cameras available to customers, Canon’s tireless passion for the Power of Image has since extended its technology into many other markets and has established it as a world leader in both consumer and business imaging solutions. Its solutions comprise products ranging from digital compact and SLR cameras, through broadcast lenses and portable X-ray machines, to multi-function and production printers, all supported by a range of value added services.

Canon invests heavily in R&D to deliver the richest and most innovative products and services to satisfy customers’ creative needs. From amateur photographers to professional print companies, Canon enables each customer to realise their own passion for image.

Canon believes that considering the interests of society and the environment is an integral part of good business practice and this is embodied in its corporate philosophy Kyosei - ‘living and working together for the common good’

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#1 JF

as far as I'm concerned it's over with the S-series, water and glass will look grainy and pictures will loose depth because of changing the ccd for a CMOS sensor. what a shame

2:42 pm - Thursday, September 15, 2011

#2 REP96st

How do you know this? You have proof that this is the case from a Camera that isn't even out yet??

3:05 pm - Thursday, September 15, 2011

#3 JF

it's what you can see with all CMOS. I'm very sensitive to this. ccd: look at water, you see water. CMOS: instead of water that you can look in to, "that you can put your hand in", you see the surface as a separate part of the picture. glass on modern buildings, just the same. As far as I'm concerned even the expensive DSLR's can't produce decent water. New Sony 24Mp sensor, seen some testpictures, same problem. That's why I was very happy with my S90 and looking forward to S100. Guess I'll have to wait for Olympus XZ-2 (if they can make it somewhat smaller) or just stick to my S90

3:18 pm - Thursday, September 15, 2011

#4 REP96st

Honestly, I agree with you. Canon has been "Mildly" upgrading their line each year and I got tired of it, which is why I went MFT. I don't really see a good reason why to upgrade from a S95 or even a S90.

7:30 pm - Thursday, September 15, 2011

#5 danaceb

While I agree with the needlessly incremental upgrades of Canons high ends, I do not agree with comments of CMOS. Canon knows what they are doing, they would not sully the S series name by putting a sensor that would be a downgrade to the ancient 10mp CCD in the last few ones. Also while true in the past, CMOS(outside of 1/2.33") is really up there with CCD now in cleanness, and deep deep colors.

I own one of the greatest CCDs not found in a digital back, a M9. I find the sensor ALOT better than the canon/nikon set give it credit (from ISO 160-400, it is just plain better), however with cameras such as the X100 and newer NEX, are making strides for Cmos and overall IQ.

Heck the NEX 5n has supposedly rid itself of the rolling shutter bouncy video capture long considered an inescapable inferiority of CMOS. NEX 7 seems like a classic example of trying to pull too much resolution from the sensor(same thing happens to CCD), NEX C3/5N seem much cleaner and crisper. Unless that Zeiss 24mm/1.8 is junk.

Also not the mention Canon was smart enough to not shrink the sensor size. Would have been really stupid to put one of those micro BSI sensors in; sure they are great for what they are, but for base iso clean resolution there is no replacement for size.

12:10 pm - Friday, September 16, 2011

#6 Fashion Photography

I love canon compact cameras I have a little waterproof one that I take with me wherever I travel.

5:35 am - Saturday, September 17, 2011

#7 zebarnabe

With Canon SX220/230 HS cameras, S100 is better be more than an incremental upgrade. Looking at dpreview studio shot comparison widget S95 and SX230 HS don't look much different to expect such difference in price (specially when SX230 HS has lots of features and you can now access RAW and other features by using CHDK)

With that said, S95 is a lot smaller and has brighter lens... I hope S100 makes good use of the 1/1.7" sensor area and shows something that 'pokes' MFT sensors (as they are quite outdated by now, using better JPEG engines to look better).

And yes, I also went for MFT (If it was now, I would be troubled to choose between SX220/230 HS and a bigger/more expensive camera), I have a GH1 and the 20mm f/1.7 is quite nice to have (aside of the huge 14-140mm).

Let's wait and see :]

10:48 am - Saturday, September 17, 2011

#8 photodave

The S100's lens is too slow at the long end. The Olympus XZ-1 camera is a bit bigger because of it's faster lens but I think it is a price worth paying to get a shallower depth of field.

3:10 pm - Saturday, September 17, 2011

#9 HP Printer Cartridges

For someone who wants to go serious with photography, this is one device that will surely allow you to get exceptional shots!

8:50 am - Sunday, September 18, 2011

#10 hanh

I have a Canon S95 and it has been a dream to use since its release. However, my only gripe has been the lack of auto focus in video mode. this makes the videos pretty useless. Unless Canon has included autofocus in video mode, in the S100, then there is absolutely no reason to upgrade as the videos in 1080p will be out of focus and thus useless!

9:46 am - Tuesday, September 20, 2011

#11 James

Are these Prices correct- why would it cost so much more in pounds than dollars?

6:11 pm - Tuesday, September 20, 2011

#12 zebarnabe

I think it is, Europeans are ripped off in electronic devices (and other stuff) ... my camera cost 1250€ (1700€ in my country actually - I just order it from French Amazon to get a more sane price), where in USA it cost 990$ at the same time...

Same thing happens with Adobe charging around 50% more more in UK than in USA for their products ... and that is 'just' software.

7:05 pm - Tuesday, September 20, 2011

#13 focus

the s100 has auto focus in movie mode. check out page 30 of the manual

4:47 pm - Thursday, September 22, 2011

#14 hanh

S100 has autofocus in movie mode!! Thanks.

This feature alone is worth an upgrade.

I take my camera eveywhere with me. As it is small as a compact, she sits in my pocket and the low light performance is amazing, capturing many pictures which would not be possible without a DSLR.

Now where have I left my creditcard.......

8:58 am - Friday, September 23, 2011

#15 pradeep

I think it could be a good supplement for DSLR because of
1 its compact size.
2.significant upgrade over earlier version like S95. focus on movie mode .
4. GPS
but still i would like to wait till hands on reviews are available.

1:26 am - Sunday, October 2, 2011

#16 Carol

It's a great camera -- until you get the "lens error" and you're screwed. It happened to me after four months, and then I discovered how frequent the problem is.

8:18 pm - Tuesday, June 5, 2012