Canon Powershot S100 is the recent highfinish point and shoot camera from Canon's Powershot series. High endpoint and shoot cameras belong to a class of cameras that aretargeted towards enthusiast community, who require acharacteristic-rich, performance oriented camera including manualfunctionality but every packed in a pocket-able form factor. It canact like a great companion to the higher end DSLRs and as well initself it packs in rather a lick for those who need DSLR likefunctions in a smaller form factor.
The S100 sports a wider aperture off/2.0 which assures sharp images as well under low lighting. But thisaperture reduces to f/5.9 on the telephoto zoom end which is a bitannoying. The S100 houses a 12.1 MP 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor along witha new DIGIC 5 image processor. Canon claims that this image processorworks six times faster than its previous iteration.
Optical zoom has been bumped up to 5xcovering a scope of 24-120mm. It houses a GPS chip inside it whichnot just creates geo-tagging a piece of cake, but it as well has thismode called GPS logger which when activated maps your entire journeyas well when the camera is off. The S100 is capable of shooting inRAW mode. Its high sensitivity sensor ensures a better ISO scope fromISO 80 to ISO 3200. Its video shooting mode goes upto 1080p. Thuslike we said earlier, it packs more as compare to a punch in thiscompact body.
Only as its predecessor, the CanonPowershot S95, the S100 arrives in an every black matte-finish metalbody. The rubber grips with the thumb rest and a longitudinal onewith the front face of the camera supply ample grip for the cameraand the matte finish as well assists in keeping the cameracomfortably without the fear of slipping.
On the front face you have the controlring around the lens barrel, which can be programmed for surefunctions such as exposure, shutter, aperture, among others. Thecamera has already afforded few default functions to the control ringis respective modes such as it controls ISO in the P mode, Aperturein the Aperture Priority mode or Manual mode, etc.
With the top you have the pop-up flashunit with the extreme left hand slope. When it pops up, keeping thecamera edge with the left hand side is tricky and you may notacquirer a very stable grip. Like you go to the right there is theon/off switch, followed by the shutter and the mode dial. The zoomlever is present around the shutter button as is the norm with mostPowershot cameras. With the back slope you have a 3-inch LCD displaywhich has a result of 461k dots. The display is rather vivid. Itlacks any sort of viewfinder.