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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant little camera, 17 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Camera - Black (12.1MP, Ultra Wide Angle, 5x Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD (Camera)
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?

Of the 3 cameras I have been tempted by recently - Olympus XZ-1, Fuji X10 and S100, the latter was the ONE. I have wanted something that would replace a beloved Powershot G11 in a smaller form factor and this is it.

Sadly I couldn't purchase directly from Amazon (at the time of writing due to availability constraints) so had to bite the bullet at a local high street store for the higher RRP price - actually handling one was the decider!
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Initial post: 29 Jan 2012 19:51:21 GMT
M. A. Ali says:
Limited control over the built-in flash

Thats what I read on the net. Whats it all about ?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2012 20:21:39 GMT
Ninjagnome says:
Flash has up to +\-2 stops compensation in PTAM modes with shutter synch and usual red eye options. All other modes its auto, on or off depending on setting. Pretty basic but not had any complaints.

Posted on 30 Jan 2012 18:53:46 GMT
M. A. Ali says:
In my case IQ is the point .... as Canon S95 is £230 , does S100 produce better IQ in Auto mode ?

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2012 19:51:50 GMT
Ninjagnome says:
I've never used an S90\95 so can't say, but don't have any complaints so far.

Posted on 22 Feb 2012 12:57:30 GMT
BVLenci says:
I dropped my Canon S95 on a cobblestone, lens down, yesterday, and broke it. Now I'm trying to decide whether to get another s95 or upgrade to the S100. The GPS is tempting. I'd love to hear from someone who has used both whether the extra cost is justified.

Do both cameras use the same battery? If so, I'd already have the spare battery.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2012 13:10:11 GMT
Ninjagnome says:
As far as I know the S100 uses an NB-5L battery while the S95 uses the NB-6L so guess not compatible. I went for a second, much cheaper battery from Amazon and found it adequate.

Posted on 24 Apr 2012 11:26:16 BDT
Chris says:
Out of interest how much of a battery drain is recording video? And also, how large are the files?

I'm intending on recording some wildlife which will require setting the camera to record and then leaving it until either the battery dies or the memory fills up, whichever is sooner, and was wondering if you could shed some light on this?


In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2012 11:35:26 BDT
Ninjagnome says:
To be honest - don't use the movie function that often so can't really comment. Using a fast memory card would certainly decrease write times and improve overall charge life.
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