Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Camera Review$429.99
Following in the footsteps of the excellent S95, Canon once again strikes gold with the PowerShot S100. It’s a camera that fulfills the promise of every ultracompact: to cram an astounding level of power into a tiny, portable body. From now on, it is likely the S100 will be the point-and-shoot by which all others are judged.
Changes from the S95, where they exist, aren’t too drastic. It would be fair to call the S100 a “safe” design. But we can hardly complain about the new 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, which struggles with accuracy but excels in reduction of noise. We also love the new ergonomic features on the body’s front and rear, adding some much needed stability to the compact frame.
A few additions aren’t quite as useful, but never detract either. The fully-motorized automatic flash hardware might break your concentration at first, and the GPS transceiver is nice but unnecessary. Neither of these are deal-breakers though.
The remainder of what we love about the S100 is held over from the S95. An efficient menu makes shooting speedy and comfortable, the oversized front control ring is as stylish as it is functional, and the rock-solid body construction instills a sense of confidence and (we dare say) pride in the user’s hardware.
The Canon PowerShot S100 is an ideal first camera, perfect for aspiring photographers who are skilled but not yet ready to plunge into the land of interchangeable lenses. On the other hand, the S100 also makes a fine accessory for enthusiast level shooters, for situations in which SLRs or even system cameras aren’t desirable. Either way, we don’t expect anyone will regret their purchase.