This is Canon’s latest offering in the high end compact segment or professional’s choice, resolving a few issues and expanding upon a popular range of features. The Powershot S100 now features an all improved 5x Optical Zoom lens, now starting at the essential 24mm focal length extending out as far as 120mm (35mm equivalent). This broader lens range is sure to appeal especially as it has not sacrificed the camera’s popular f/2.0 aperture. The lens offers users the ability to focus upon items a mere 3cm in front of its lens, making macro photography a sinch.
This pocket sized camera now packs a bigger punch thanks to the new DIGIC 5 processor first seen in the EOS SLR range. As with all of the new Canon compacts the HS System is now a large part of the Powershot S100’s technology, allowing the S100 to capture exceptional images even in low light. ISO’s range from 80-6400 and when combined with the new image stabiliser technology the stress is taken out of low light photography.
The Powershot S100’s new Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes of Image Stabilisation ensuring your capture sharp pictures and smooth video every time. This IS system is capable of stabilising up to 4 Stops shake compensation, matching the performance of other Canon products like the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM Mk II; an item with a recommended price of almost £2800.00!As always the core features remain the cameras best attributes, this being one of the most affordable and compact cameras with a CMOS sensor. Retaining the ability to capture both JPEG & RAW files the S100 has the potential to capture stunning imagery. The ease at which you can alter the camera’s settings was always a popular thanks to the cameras front and rear rings this is another feature carried across from its S-series predecessors.
New to the S100 is a built-in GPS tracker, Full HD Video and a High Speed shooting mode capable of up to 8fps. Last but by no means least; the Powershot S100 incorporates a Smart Auto, a mode which selects camera settings for you from 32 different scenes (21 in movies) automatically ensuring optimum results.