The latest addition to the Canon S series is the Powershot S100 which is an all encompassing camera with manual options for experienced photographers and easy to operate automatic options for novices or amateurs.
The price of the Canon S100 has dropped quite a bit since it was first launched in late 2011. You could get it for less than $379 at Amazon.com. At this price, the Canon Powershot S100 is indeed a steal for the price/feature combination that it offers.
Canon Powershot S100 Features
The best part about the Canon S100 is that it provides signature control ring options which encircle the lens and can be used for adjusting the in-camera settings. The Powershot S100 offers a wider 5X optical zoom lens with an improved focal range of 24-120mm and macro closest focusing to 3cm. The 12 Megapixel CMOS sensor is a marked improvement from the previous S series models. There is a provision for 1080p high definition video capture and an evolution to the low light photography that is ideal for all conditions.
What I Like about the Canon S100
What I like about the Canon S100 is that it would fit into all trouser pockets (except for the skinniest jeans). So, the Powershot S100 is easy to take anywhere and everywhere. The camera can be gripped easily with a low profile ridge along the front of the camera and a small thumb rest on the back panel. Hence, holding the Canon S100 is that much easier. I just love this aspect of easy carry and tight grip as one can shoot anytime and every time with these features.
The other aspect that I like about the S100 is that there is an option for super speed shots which is one of the high points about the Powershot S100. The camera well and truly lives up to its name.
What I Dislike about the Canon S100
The only thing I dislike about the Canon S100 is that the provision of too many automatic features to entice the amateurs has left the manual options a bit limited. Though the Powershot S100 is not exactly marketed to the professionals, a bit more advanced features could have helped them. The other aspect that I dislike is the inability to use the Canon S100 at the F5.9 telephoto range due to the fast 2.0 f stop drop which appears to be an issue with all fixed lens zoom cameras.
Canon Powershot S100 – Overall Thoughts
The Canon S100 has been designed to be a learning tool as well for the amateurs and this might be the reason for the lack of too many advanced features. Overall, it is handy, compact and attractively priced for those who want more advanced features without having to operate a professionals only camera and this is the Powershot S100’s main advantage over other cameras in its class.