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Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP, Ultra Wide Angle, 5x Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD (discontinued by manufacturer)

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  • High-sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor (1/1.7 type)
  • HS System with powerful DIGIC 5 processor for class-leading image quality and low-light shots up to ISO 6400
  • Ultra-wide 24mm, f/2.0, 5x zoom lens with Intelligent IS for sharp results
  • Expert control with Full Manual, RAW, ND Filter, and lens Control Ring
  • GPS tags your shots and logs your journey

Product details

Colour Name: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 9.9 x 6 cm ; 172 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 662 g
  • Item model number: 5244B009AA
  • ASIN: B005N5NF6I
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 16 Sep 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,848 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

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Product Description

High-sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor (1/1.7 type) HS System with powerful DIGIC 5 processor for class-leading image quality and low-light shots up to ISO 6400 Ultra-wide 24mm, f/2.0, 5x zoom lens with Intelligent IS for sharp results Expert control with Full Manual, RAW, ND Filter, and lens Control Ring GPS tags your shots and logs your journey

Manufacturer's Description

Easy-to-use compact that delivers outstanding image quality.

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.

Features include:

  • 12.1 Megapixel, high-sensitivity, Canon CMOS sensor
  • Canon’s HS System with powerful DIGIC 5 processor and up to ISO 6400
  • Ultra-wide 24 mm, f/2.0, 5x optical zoom lens with Intelligent IS
  • Lens Control Ring, Full Manual and RAW for expert control
  • Large 3.0" (7.5 cm) PureColor II G LCD with enhanced strength and visibility
  • GPS for tagging your shots and logging your journey
  • Full HD movies (1080p) with optical zoom, stereo sound and HDMI-CEC
  • High-speed Burst HQ, Super Slow Motion Movie and Handheld Night Scene
  • Smart Auto detects 32 types of scene so you can simply point and shoot
  • Multi-area White Balance correction for more natural colour reproduction
  • Optional 40m Waterproof Case

EOS technology in a compact body

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.

Capture the scene exactly as you see it with Canon’s HS System

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.

In low-light, camera shake is controlled
In low-light, camera shake is controlled
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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.

Take advantage of the wide aperture f/2.0 lens

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.

Without Intelligent IS close-up shots can be blurred
Without Intelligent IS close-up shots can be blurred
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Blur-free images whatever the situation with Canon’s Intelligent IS technology

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.

Take control with the lens Control Ring

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.

View your photos on a large, bright 3.0” LCD

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.

Log your journey with GPS tracking
Inbuilt GPS tags your images and logs your journey
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Log your journey with GPS tracking

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.

Record fast-paced, Full High Definition movies with stereo sound
Relive your special moments in high definition on the large, bright LCD screen
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Record fast-paced, Full High Definition movies with stereo sound

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.

High-speed shooting

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.

High-speed Burst HQ

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.

Super Slow Motion

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

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.

Effortless shooting for the whole family with Smart Auto

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.

Fast, intelligent processing with Face Detection technology

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.

Smart Shutter mode for effortless group shots

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:

  • Smile Detection - the shutter is triggered when the camera detects a smiling face within the frame
  • Wink Self-Timer - the shutter is triggered two seconds after the subject in the frame has winked, removing the need for a remote control
  • FaceSelf-Timer - this enables perfect group shots or self-portraits by automatically triggering the shutter two seconds after a new face has entered the frame

Explore your creativity

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.

Shoot with confidence

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

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.

Upload to YouTube

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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Customer Reviews

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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Ninjagnome on 17 Jan 2012
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Have read a lot of mixed comments elsewhere about the S100 but most of the negative ones seem to be by people who look at their computer screen more than through a lens! Have owned several Canon (primarily) dSLRs, IXUSx and Powershots and have to say this is the best small camera so far used. The feature-set is extensive and allows a high degree of manual override (although as others have pointed out, any exposure which is between 1to15sec causes ISO to default to 80 regardless of setting. This can be irksome in some more specialist situations, although in others its quite useful), customization plus a host of automatic\creative options for both still and video. I particularly like the HDR function which is subtle rather than dynamic, but definitely needs a steady hand\tripod - for true HDR though, auto-bracketing and post processing will still be necessary. Also, using the customizable 'O' ring around the lens makes for quick adjustment depending on mode and is pleasantly intuitive. It is worth reading the DPReview review ([...]) for its lab test etc. Apparently some of the pre-release models had focus shift due to lens misalignment, but not found this, in fact the lens seems pretty constant across its range . The camera shines in low light (not literally) and found the results better than on the well regarded Olympus XZ-1 (which is also a great camera, but owning an E-P3 already didn't tempt me). The JPG engine works well as does noise reduction, but RAW is there when needed. The only negative is battery life, even with GPS switched off, which usually requires a re-charge after 3-4 hours of shooting\fiddling. I got a second battery (non-Canon) to compensate but have noticed that after a couple of full charges, battery life seemed to improve a bit - not sure if it needs to self-calibrate?Read more ›
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ian on 25 May 2012
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I had been putting off upgrading my Fuji F30 for many years as I did not think that anyone had yet managed to best its low light capabilities. I had been interested in the s90 and the s95 for some time but never really felt it was worth the upgrade. I finally bought the s100 for its video capabilities as much as its photographic ones in order to capture those family moments when my 60D wasn't to hand, or inappropriate. My main reservation was the reportedly low battery life, being used to a very long battery life on the F30.

I have to say I'm impressed all round. The video is superb, actually seems to be better than my 60D. Size and handling is perfect, and that ring is really useful. Image quality in bright sunlight is comparable with SLR images, and the low light capability is on par with my F30 (ie class leading). I find the extra focal length helpful as well, although its only really worth using in sunshine as its f 5.9 at the long end. Finally the battery life is actually quite acceptable. I havn't run out yet, despite shooting video and photos quite actively for a large part of the day.

Comes highly recommended.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Chris TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 April 2012
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My main camera is a Canon 7D (SLR) with several different lenses. If I want to go out for a walk, and take my camera with me, I need to take a dedicated backpack, which, if I take all my accessories, weighs nearly 10kg. For long walks, this is quite a killer!

This is where the S100 enters the picture. I was looking for something pocketable, that didn't weigh a tonne, yet didn't restrict me in photographic versatility.

I originally contemplated the G12, however its size was an issue (bit too chunky!), and the other deciding factor was that it only shoots 720p HD. I also considered the S95 for its size, but again the 720p video was an issue. In the end I opted for the S100 as I am intending on using the video on the camera a lot, complete with a waterproof housing! (I'll update the review with some sample footage once I have it!).

Rather than cover the same old ground that other reviews have mentioned regarding technical details, here are my own thoughts, as an SLR user wanting a small,light camera.

Nice and small, as expected. The metal construction makes it feel a tad heavier than similarly sized plastic-made cameras, but to me it's not an issue, the material will be stronger, and having some weight behind it is reassuring.

The camera packs a lot into its small frame. There are a lot of options to choose from. I usually shoot on my SLR in Manual or Av mode, and expected to do the same with this camera. However I am quite impressed with the auto mode, and likely will leave it on Auto for spur of the moment shots!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By MYates72 on 24 Feb 2012
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I have been looking for a good second camera to use when my Nikon D7000 is just too cumbersome to take out. I also do a lot of running so having something small and practical but could give good quality images was essential. I have owned an X100 and that is a brilliant camera but limited by the fixed lens. I also looked at the Canon G12 and Nikon P7100 but they do not fit easily into a pocket or the waistband of my day sack. So after a bit of research I discovered the Canon S100 - it is excellent in almost every respect if you get it for the right reasons.

It is not an X100 but can compete easily with the G12/ P7100/ X10. For those who usually use a DSLR you will not be disappointed with the images - there is little noise up to ISO 800 and the quality of the images is excellent. The camera comes with all the software necessary to process RAW images and organise your files. Startup is very quick and the auto focus is also very quick. There is a tracking mode which can deliver some good results. The optical zoom range is good enough for most situations that you would be using this camera for. There is a manual mode where both shutter and aperture can be altered however the aperture will automatically adjusted when you use the zoom - so no fully manual mode. I have to say this was not a big disadvantage for me but clearly may put others off. The battery life is pretty poor as with no view finder you are reliant on the LCD screen. You can expect to get about 200 - 250 photos out of one battery if you don't spend too long viewing your shots.

For those who just want a high end point and shoot the auto mode is very good. The dial around the lens is a great idea and is solidly built, like the rest of the camera.
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