The PowerShot S100 is the compact camera for the serious photographer. The HS System combines Canon’s DIGIC 5 processor with a high-sensitivity CMOS sensor derived from Canon’s DSLR technologies. This enables the camera to give outstanding performance in all light conditions, virtually eliminate noise in stills and also shoot movies in Full HD.
The 12.1 Megapixel PowerShot S100 carries the DNA of EOS sensors thanks to its new high sensitivity CMOS sensor, packed with EOS technologies. It even contains on-chip noise cancellation technology which is so effective that at ISO 1600 the image looks similar to an ISO 400 image on the camera’s predecessor – this allows you to capture the natural ambience of dimly-lit environments whilst maintaining crisp detail.
The PowerShot S100 also features the DIGIC 5 processor which uses 4x more information to create each pixel and 6x more information is processed every second delivering unbelievable detail at incredible speeds. It is this technology that makes the PowerShot S100 so powerful when shooting at high speeds (up to 9.6fps at full resolution) and provides outstanding results when shooting in low-light.
The power of Canon’s HS System comes from the combination of the 12.1 Megapixel high sensitivity CMOS sensor and Canon’s advanced DIGIC 5 processor. The HS System gives incredibly high image quality in all light conditions and enables the camera to capture a wider dynamic range, reducing over-exposure of highlighted areas and loss of detail in the shadows. This means you can preserve your memories in perfect detail, whether in stills or video.
Additionally, the new Multi-area White Balance correction enables incredibly accurate colour reproduction, including the correction of the green colour cast that sometimes occurs during night-time shooting and the retention of natural skin tones when shooting indoors with flash.
Canon’s HS System truly excels in low-light conditions. It can often be challenging to capture well exposed subjects inside against dark backgrounds or outside in low-light because the flash range is often not sufficient to light up the background but turning it off can cause blurring from the instability of handheld shooting. With Canon’s HS System, background illumination is improved, dark areas are reduced, and camera shake is controlled, maintaining complete image clarity and eliminating blur.
The PowerShot S100 has an f/2.0 wide aperture, 24 mm wide-angle lens to help you take full advantage of the HS System for superior low-light performance. The f/2.0 wide-angle lens allows twice as much light into the camera as an f/2.8 lens, enabling you to use faster shutter speeds to reduce blur or field depth, and freeze subjects mid-movement. It’s perfect for creating enticing portraits by drawing attention to the face and blurring the background with its impressively shallow depth-of-field.
The PowerShot S100 benefits from Canon’s Intelligent IS technology using optical methods (lens shift) which is renowned as the most effective method of hand-shake correction. Whether you’re shooting stills or movies, Intelligent IS automatically identifies the shooting situation and then selects the most appropriate type of image stabilization from seven possible modes. For example, when capturing a close-up of a flower the camera will automatically select Macro IS with Hybrid IS technology, but then it will switch to Powered IS when filming distant subjects with the 5x zoom. This allows you to focus on framing the image you want, safe in the knowledge that the camera is working to eliminate as much camera shake as possible, even if you need to move with your scene.
The PowerShot S100 features an enhanced lens Control Ring, enabling the manual adjustment of various shooting settings such as zoom, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, focus and exposure compensation with an effortless twist of the ring.
The ring features a pronounced ‘click’ mechanism, preventing any unintentional changes to settings or the positioning of the Ring Function. A dedicated shortcut button can even be configured to provide instant access to pre-selected functions, offering you easy access to settings during shooting.
The lens Control Ring combined with the ability to switch to Full Manual mode and shoot in RAW, makes the PowerShot S100 the perfect compact camera for serious photographers.
The PowerShot S100 benefits from a large 3.0" (7.5 cm) PureColor II G LCD with enhanced strength and visibility. It gives a wide viewing angle for greater visibility, even when shooting in bright conditions, allowing you to frame and review images easily.
The PowerShot S100 includes a GPS system which tags your location to each image and logs your journey. Even when the camera is turned off, location information is recorded at regular intervals tracking your journey using the camera’s inbuilt GPS (can be disabled). Using the software supplied with the camera, the route you took and where you took each image can be reviewed using Google Maps™.
Data (EXIF metadata) about where, when and how you captured each shot is embedded automatically within each photograph. If you upload your images to a photo-sharing website, most now display geo-tagging information meaning that location-based metadata doesn’t just let you see where you’ve been, it also allows your friends and family to share your journey too.
For moments that are best caught on video, the PowerShot S100 offers the capability to record Full HD movies at 1080p with HDMI-CEC compatibility. The full 5x optical zoom is available during shooting and stereo sound guarantees clear, CD-quality audio every time.
The lens’ quiet motor allows you to use the full range of the optical zoom during recording with minimum audio interference plus a dedicated movie button allows you to instantly start movie recording so not a moment is missed. In most modes, the movie will take the settings from the particular stills mode you are in – e.g. monochrome, sepia or even Miniature Effect.
The PowerShot S100 also supports a different format for recording its HD movies - iFrame Movie. This Apple™ format is designed to speed up the editing and importing process by keeping the content in its original recorded format. Of course, if you have a PC with Microsoft® Windows® you can still upload your movies onto that as well.
Canon’s high sensitivity CMOS sensor also offers the capability to shoot at super high speeds which provides excellent benefits in a range of situations.
In High-speed Burst HQ mode the PowerShot S100 can capture 9.6 frames at full 12.1 Megapixels resolution. This allows you to capture fast-moving subjects, so whether you’re shooting sports events or life in motion you will never miss a moment of the action.
Movie Super Slow Motion Movie mode slows down fast-moving subjects by capturing QVGA resolution video at a staggering 240 frames per second (VGA resolution at 120fps) - they can then be played back at normal speed for a spectacular slow motion effect. This is perfect for analysing a golf swing, recording a bird in flight or just for a bit of fun. The software included with the camera supports multi-speed playback, allowing you to view your footage both at real or slow motion speed.
Handheld Night Scene mode allows you to capture clear, detailed night scenes. With this mode selected the camera takes consecutive high speed shots and then combines the image data into a single image, ensuring the best possible exposure with the least amount of blur – perfect for handheld shots taken at night.
Smart Auto mode allows the PowerShot S100 to automatically analyse conditions and select the optimal setting so you can concentrate on your subject, confident that the camera will produce superb results. Advanced Scene Detection Technology automatically analyses shooting conditions, detecting people, distance, brightness, colour and movement, then selects the perfect setting from 32 specially defined scenes. So whether you're photographing flowers, a captivating sunset or friends in the park you can be certain you'll get the image you want.
Smart Auto is also more than just scene detection. Servo AF/AE detects moving subjects to ensure focus and exposure is always correct, while Smart Flash Exposure optimises exposure and flash controls to ensure your subject is perfectly lit whilst dark and light areas are accurately reproduced.
With Face Detection, up to 35 faces can be detected in each shot. Focus, exposure, flash setting and white balance are then automatically adjusted for optimal results with natural-looking skin tones.
Additionally, Face Select & Track allows a single face in a crowd to be selected and tracked as the main subject.
Canon’s Smart Shutter mode uses Face Detection Technology to allow users to take both group shots and self-portraits more easily and in a more relaxed way. The shutter can be triggered remotely in three different ways:
In addition to it being the compact camera for the serious photographer, the PowerShot S100 also features several creative modes for fun and exciting results. These include Miniature Effect (also available when shooting movies), Super Vivid, Poster Effect and Fish-eye Effect, which distorts the image to offer a unique view on a more traditional scene. With Monochrome you can achieve black and white, sepia or blue monochromatic tones for more atmospheric images whilst Toy Camera Effect allows you to capture colourful shots that look as though an early pinhole camera has been used.
Whereas Manual mode gives you full control over exposure settings to really make your photos your own, exploring not only the full potential of this powerful camera but also your own creativity.
Easy Hints & Tips provides onscreen guidance so even beginners can operate the camera with confidence straight from the box. Menu explanations are always easy to understand and when settings are changed the relevant icon displays in an easy-to-see orange colour delivering a sophisticated and pleasant operating experience.
Automatic Red-Eye Correction is available in both shooting and playback mode and accurately removes the red-eye effect that can be caused by a flash.
For fast and easy uploading of your clips to social websites like YouTube, Easy Web Upload software is included free in the box. This will display your movie clips and can also store your YouTube login details – so you can simply select your clip and upload with just one click.
The PowerShot S100 is compatible with a range of accessories including a stylish soft leather case, an HDMI cable, a high-power external flash unit HF-DC2 and a 40m waterproof case WP-DC43, all giving you more flexibility to explore your creativity.
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