Canon S100 12.1 Megapixel Advanced Compact Reviews Roundup

On September 15 2011, Canon announced a premium compact camera - the PowerShot S100. It features a 12.1 Megapixels CMOS sensor, the same DIGIC 5 processor found in other high level Canon compact cameras and a fast and wide angle 24-120mm lens with 5x optical zoom. Additionally, the camera utilizes an f/2.0 lens increasing the camera's low-light performance while creating a shallow depth-of-field. Canon has opted to include a special lens control ring which behaves like the usual scroll wheels found on DSLRs. You can use the ring to control things like aperture, focus and shutter speed.

Full HD video is supported at 1920 x 1080 resolution at 24fps. The top ISO setting is now 6,400. On the back of the S100 is a 3-inch PureColour II G LCD screen for viewing back stills, video and composing shots. Finally, the S100 adds a built-in GPS receiver, to help you geocode your images as you take them. A map utility software is included with the camera to view the locations where images were captured. There's also an internal GPS logger to track the day's photographic route. The estimated selling price of the PowerShot S100 Digital camera is $429.99 and is scheduled to be available in early November.

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Canon Powershot S100 Camera Reviews Roundup


PhotographicCentral - Jan 03 2013
"All around I am pleased with the S100. It's a close to perfect compromise in handling and ultra small compactness. It retains a lot of external and internal control for the serious photographer, yet will shoot just as pleasantly in full auto for the beginner. The 5x 24-120mm focal range is also near perfect and from what I've seen optically, it's quite good..." More »
90out of 100
digitalcameraHQ - Jul 19 2012
"There's a lot to love about the S100, and as a highly functional compact it checks almost all the right boxes. Images are sharp and rich with detail in both good and bad lighting conditions, and the 24-120m lens is versatile enough to not feel limiting. The very good HD video is an added bonus, as is the inclusion of a GPS (although it didn't always tag the..." More »
90out of 100
RegHardware - Mar 16 2012
"However, this camera is designed to deliver the ultimate in compact quality - something which always suffers in any super-zoom configuration. At the wide-angle end, the lens opens up to a wide f2 aperture, allowing for some great low-light opportunities. This is assisted further by a maximum ISO speed of 6400 - up from 3200 in previous models. Unfortunately..." More »
80out of 100
Imaging Resource - Feb 24 2012
"At first the Canon S100 seems pretty similar to its predecessors. It certainly looks similar, despite the few cosmetic accents that don't appeal to me personally. Its odd color and strange grip put me off at first, but as I continued to use it and flesh out this review, it became clear that the Canon S100 is indeed a step above its predecessor, while mainta..." More »
Not Rated
DPI - Jan 16 2012
"The Nikon Coolpix S100 is a stylish little camera created with simplicity in mind. The camera has a big 3.5 inch touchscreen and 5X optical zoom, with just about everything save for the firing the shutter done via the touchscreen. While the screen is big, bright and responsive to touch, and Nikon has leveraged their experience in making touchscreen int..." More »
Not Rated
MacWorld - Jan 11 2012
"In my hands-on tests, I found that the S100 turns out excellent images; on a purely personal level, however, I thought the S95's CCD sensor (which is the same as the one found in the PowerShot G12) might deliver slightly better overall quality. With the S100, I found colors nicely saturated, and test shots appeared sharp and well detailed. Exposures we..." More »
90out of 100
dpreview - Dec 23 2011
"The S100 produces well-balanced JPEG images that are full of detail and color. In typical Canon style, minimal default chroma noise reduction in the S100 results in JPEG images that retain a good amount of low-contrast detail without appearing desaturated. Overall, the S100 is very competitive: it is capable of delivering very good image quality in an addic..." More »
72out of 100
Steve's Digicam - Dec 09 2011
"Looking at our outdoor images, we see outstanding overall image quality; as was expected in the continuation of this powerful "S" line. The new 12-Megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS imaging sensor and DIGIC 5 imaging processor produce sharp, well exposed images with less image noise that with a standard CCD sensor. This HS system is not only more sen..." More »
Not Rated
PhotoReview Australia - Dec 08 2011
"Despite the new sensor, image processor and lens, the review camera delivered similar image quality to its predecessor. Shots taken in bright outdoor lighting often contained blown-out highlights, although shadow detail was usually well recorded even when -0.3EV of exposure compensation was applied to make highlight details recordable. (This wasn't always s..." More »
85out of 100
ePhotoZine - Dec 06 2011
"Detail in images when viewed at full size have a good amount of detail in them when shooting at both ends of the lens. Images are well exposed and have excellent colour reproduction, although there is vignetting visible, particularly when shooting against light backgrounds. The lens has a minimum focus distance of just 1cm a takes an excellent, well detaile..." More »
80out of 100
Digital Camera Resource Page - Dec 03 2011
"The Canon PowerShot S100 is a premium ultra-compact camera that offers a lot more than your typical point-and-shoot. It has a solid, well-built metal body that looks good in black (and okay in silver), and well-placed controls. One of its unique features is a customizable ring around the lens, which can be used to adjust exposure, ISO, the zoom, and much mo..." More »
Not Rated
Camera Labs - Nov 28 2011
"Canon's PowerShot S100 builds upon its predecessor to become one of the best pocket cameras for demanding enthusiasts. It keeps the full manual control, RAW files, bright f2.0 lens (at wide angle), detailed 3in screen and genuinely pocketable body, but broadens the zoom range to 5x, upgrades the movie mode to 1080p with zooming and continuous AF not to ment..." More »
90out of 100
Photography BLOG - Nov 25 2011
"The Canon PowerShot S100 may look a lot like its popular predecessor, but a brand new sensor, processor and lens combine to produce a more versatile, faster, better specified and more capable pocket camera that makes an ideal everyday shooter for DSLR and CSC owners. Only a significant price increase, lack of control over the flash and poor battery life pre..." More »
90out of 100
CNET US - Nov 18 2011
"Despite a slight bump up in resolution, the S100 maintains the excellent photo quality that contributed to the S95's popularity. Exposure and metering, color accuracy, and tonal range are good, and the lens is relatively sharp; there's some distortion but less than you'd expect given its minimum focal length of 24mm-equivalent. Given its size (and its relat..." More »
70out of 100
ePhotoZine - Nov 17 2011
"Handheld nightscene mode records 4 photos and combines them into one shot, if anything is moving such as cars in the shot shown then you will get an image with ghosting. HDR is similar in that it will take a number of shots (3 shots) and combine them for increased dynamic range, however the camera doesn't appear to use the high speed (10fps) shooting mode a..." More »
80out of 100
Digital Camera Info - Nov 13 2011
"Following in the footsteps of the excellent S95, Canon once again strikes gold with the PowerShot S100. It's a camera that fulfills the promise of every ultracompact: to cram an astounding level of power into a tiny, portable body. From now on, it is likely the S100 will be the point-and-shoot by which all others are judged. Changes from the S95, where..." More »
Not Rated
TechRadar - Nov 11 2011
"With a launch RRP of £439, there's no denying that the S100 is a little pricey. Some of its main rivals can be picked up for anything up to around £100 less. However, the S100 is a well-engineered camera with plenty of features. In terms of manual control, Canon has got it right with the S100. The lens control ring is handy, and the incorporation of..." More »
80out of 100
Pocket-lint - Nov 03 2011
"The S100's lens has a wide range and is easy to use. A seven level 'step zoom' is also available to rapidly jump between focal lengths in double time (pre-set to 24, 28, 35, 50, 85, 100 and 120mm). Close-focusing is fine at the 24mm wide-angle setting where subjects can be as near as 3cms from camera. Although a claimed 30cms from lens is achievable at..." More »
80out of 100
Photography BLOG - Oct 04 2011
"The new range of compacts from Nikon are certainly shaping up to be some of the most exciting we've seen from them in recent times. Based on looks alone, the S100 should be a pretty basic model with mediocre functions and performance results. But what the S100 has brought is flashy good looks, forward thinking technology and fabulous image results. We're as..." More »
90out of 100
CNET UK - Sep 26 2011
"Throughout our tests, colours in each of our shots were well rendered and true to the originals. The aqua used on the sponsored London bicycles below is Barclays' corporate colour. Both it and the green of the trees in this shot match the originals. This was a pleasant surprise. Throughout the time we spent shooting with the S100, we were concerned tha..." More »
60out of 100
KenRockwell - Sep 18 2011
"The Canon S100 is a 1-year newer version of the extraordinary 2010 Canon S95, which in turn was a 1-year newer version of 2009's Canon S90. The Canon S100 adds a slightly broader zoom range, GPS and 1080/24p video over the S95, and that's about it for significant additions. This is easy: if you already own an S95, you don't need the S100. If..." More »
Not Rated
dpreview - Sep 16 2011
"Externally, the S100 looks very much like its immediate predecessors. The original S90/S95 design worked very well, and sensibly Canon hasn't done a lot to change it. The excellent multi-functional 'Lens Control Ring' that can be used to change a wide range of settings is still in place, and is accompanied by a rear dial / 4-way controller that according to..." More »
Not Rated

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User Review of the camera - Canon Powershot S100

  • 2014-04-10 07:00
    Small but takes great pictures, OliveOyl
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    I know nothing about cameras. This is a great point and shoot camera for me. Pictures are great and it is easy to use.
  • 2014-04-10 07:00
    Small but takes great pictures, OliveOyl
    I know nothing about cameras. This is a great point and shoot camera for me. Pictures are great and it is easy to use.
  • 2014-04-01 07:00
    Uh Huh, Uh Huh, It's All Shook Up!, School Guy
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    I bought this camera because it had the dreaded "lens error" and didn't work. Luckily, I have a high understanding of all things hammer related and proceeded to beat it until it worked again. I am sure the dents will rub out. ;-)
    I had to order parts to repair it and had to wait a while but the camera once fixed is outstanding. Very happy.
  • 2014-04-01 07:00
    Uh Huh, Uh Huh, It's All Shook Up!, School Guy
    I bought this camera because it had the dreaded "lens error" and didn't work. Luckily, I have a high understanding of all things hammer related and proceeded to beat it until it worked again. I am sure the dents will rub out. ;-)
    I had to order parts to repair it and had to wait a while but the camera once fixed is outstanding. Very happy.
  • 2014-03-18 07:00
    Rugged little camera, James Legg
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    I agree with all the positive reviews on image quality, manual adjustments, RAWness, and size. I will add that this camera has lived for the last two years in either the rear pocket of a bicycle shirt (in a plastic bag), a backpack, or a pants pocket. I haven't had a single issue. The darn thing is rock solid.
  • 2014-03-18 07:00
    Rugged little camera, James Legg
    I agree with all the positive reviews on image quality, manual adjustments, RAWness, and size. I will add that this camera has lived for the last two years in either the rear pocket of a bicycle shirt (in a plastic bag), a backpack, or a pants pocket. I haven't had a single issue. The darn thing is rock solid.
  • 2014-03-17 07:00
    Great Camera with great features, Jack Rochlitz
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    I simply love this camera. It takes excellent photos and excellent videos. Really sharp and bright, easy to use. Great camera in general
  • 2014-03-17 07:00
    Great Camera with great features, Jack Rochlitz
    I simply love this camera. It takes excellent photos and excellent videos. Really sharp and bright, easy to use. Great camera in general
  • 2014-03-16 07:00
    Great camera, Garry P Altstaetter
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    This is a great all around camera
    very easy to carry in your pocket.
    takes great pictures and easy to use
  • 2014-03-16 07:00
    Great camera, but it has a fatal flaw, mmcporter "mmcporter"
    I love the look of this camera and its size. It fits in your pocket, in a small compartment in your backpack, and in any other multitude of convenient places. And as the sayings go, the camera you carry is the one you will use. What's really nice about this camera's size is that you can use it instead of your smartphone...it takes up little extra space and it takes phenomenal pictures.
    The camera also has significantly more features than a typical point-and-shoot-camera. You can set virtually any aspect of the camera manually. The screen is really nice (rich, bright and sizable), although it would be nice if it could swivel. The picture quality is good, as is the video quality. The camera feels like a high quality piece.
    So what's wrong with the camera, and what is the "fatal flaw?"
    1. There is no viewfinder - yes, that's typical today for a point-and-shoot, but disappointing in an enthusiast-grade camera.
    2. The flash is horrible and there is no hotshoe for an external flash. Again, fairly typical for a point-and-shoot, but disappointing in an enthusiast's camera.
    3. Battery consumption is unbelievably high....it feels like the camera has a parasite in it....Using the GPS feature will really hurt battery performance. I find it necessary to carry at least 3 batteries with me to avoid being caught short.
    4. Biggest problem of them all - the "lens error". I've literally never dropped this camera - never! The body is like brand-new. But none of that mattered the other night when I visited the Boston Red Sox the other night and the camera froze up with the well-publicized lens error. That took the camera out of commission and I had to send it back for evaluation and repair. This is a disappointing development and really causes me to distrust the camera. If you do a search on the web for "Canon S100 Lens error", you'll see it's a wide-spread problem.
    Why won't Canon recall these cameras? Why can't they simply build them right so this problem doesn't happen? Now it sounds like the S110 is also having this same problem....So while I love the way this camera works, I don't love the lack or reliability. So hence the 2 star rating...
  • 2014-03-16 07:00
    Great camera, Garry P Altstaetter
    This is a great all around camera
    very easy to carry in your pocket.
    takes great pictures and easy to use
  • 2014-03-11 07:00
    Bought for Vlogging/Youtube!, Devon Battilega
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    I was recommended this camera by a YouTube friend, and it is really great! Convenient rechargeable battery, amazing sound/visual quality, and easy to use! I highly recommend this camera :)
  • 2014-03-11 07:00
    Bought for Vlogging/Youtube!, Devon Battilega
    I was recommended this camera by a YouTube friend, and it is really great! Convenient rechargeable battery, amazing sound/visual quality, and easy to use! I highly recommend this camera :)
  • 2014-03-07 08:00
    Shutter release problems, M. Depinto
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    I liked the portability, zooming abilities, and picture quality of my camera until the shutter release started acting erratically. Pressing down on the release will focus the camera, but my camera only takes the picture a fraction of the time and sometimes only after I've held the button for several seconds. Obviously this is quite annoying at best. The large number of complaints on the Canon support forum indicates this problem is fairly widespread. Canon has done little to nothing to address the issue. I believe the problem stems from the image stability feature. I can get the camera to perform more than half the time normally with this feature off. I paid more than the current going price, and I expected the camera to last more than a couple of years. The repair estimate of $160 makes no sense given the price of a new camera, so I probably will be stuck dealing with my faulty S100 or buying a more reliable camera.
  • 2014-03-07 08:00
    Shutter release problems, M. Depinto
    I liked the portability, zooming abilities, and picture quality of my camera until the shutter release started acting erratically. Pressing down on the release will focus the camera, but my camera only takes the picture a fraction of the time and sometimes only after I've held the button for several seconds. Obviously this is quite annoying at best. The large number of complaints on the Canon support forum indicates this problem is fairly widespread. Canon has done little to nothing to address the issue. I believe the problem stems from the image stability feature. I can get the camera to perform more than half the time normally with this feature off. I paid more than the current going price, and I expected the camera to last more than a couple of years. The repair estimate of $160 makes no sense given the price of a new camera, so I probably will be stuck dealing with my faulty S100 or buying a more reliable camera.
  • 2014-02-26 08:00
    very nice camera, F. R. Femenia
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    I bought it as a present to my daughter; she loves it' It's handy for food pictures for her blog.
  • 2014-02-26 08:00
    very nice camera, F. R. Femenia
    I bought it as a present to my daughter; she loves it' It's handy for food pictures for her blog.
  • 2014-02-24 08:00
    Nice Pictures!, JulieK
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    Our daughter loves this camera! Easy to operate and beautiful pictures! She is having great fun learning how to take all kind of photos!
  • 2014-02-24 08:00
    Nice Pictures!, JulieK
    Our daughter loves this camera! Easy to operate and beautiful pictures! She is having great fun learning how to take all kind of photos!
  • 2014-02-15 08:00
    Fantastic, William M Allured
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    Takes beautiful photos- there is something about the color processing that makes every photo shine. Also takes fairly high res images. Great interface.