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Review of Canon s100

Updated on July 20, 2015

After getting mugged in broad daylight half a block away from a police station in Luanda, Angola and having my beloved Canon PowerShot snatched right out of my shaking hands by a deranged shirtless man who attempted to choke me for it, I needed a new camera. The more I contemplated the type of camera I want, I settled on the fact that I want a pocket friendly and compact digital with HD Video so that I can capture all my travels not only with pictures and words but with motion picture and sound too.

With my boyfriend's international assignment in Luanda nearly complete and my abundance of extra time on hand since I finished writing my Master Thesis and only needed to prepare a presentation, I decided to research the heck out of my options and lucky you because if you're looking to buy a digital camera with HD video too, I'm going to save you a lot of time by providing you with my findings!

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Below is a list of the cameras that I was considering buying, as well as their specs and prices.

Comparison of Compact Cameras Priced Under $500

Model
Specs
Retail Price
Canon PowerShot S100
12.1 mege pixels, high sensitivity CMOS sensor, manual control, and Full HD video
$429.99
Nikon Coolpix P7100
16 mega pixels, CMOS sensor, 4.2x zoom with a fast f/1.8 aperture, Full HD video, Optical VR
$399.99
Olympus XZ-1
10.1 mega pixels, 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor, 3-inch 921,000 dot LCD, 7.1x zoom
$399.99
Fuji FinePix HS30 EXR
16 mega pixels, CMOS sensor, 30x optical zoom, 1080p video, 3-inch, 460k dot screen
$449.95
Sony Cyber-shot HX200V
18.2 mega pixels, CMOS sensor, 30x optical zoom, 1080p video, 3-inch, 921.6k dot screen
$479.99

I decided to go with the Canon s100 and let me tell you all about it!

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A photo of my Canon s100... taken with my iPhone
A photo of my Canon s100... taken with my iPhone | Source
5 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of Canon S100

Canon s110

The Canon s100 was recently releases. Below is a list of some major changes from the s100:

  • Wi-fi function added
  • touchscreen capability added
  • GPS function removed

Canon PowerShot S100

I love my Canon PowerShot s100. I consider it the little black dress of point-and-shoot digital cameras that captures stunning pictures (even in the dark) and isn't bulky so I always have it with me. And the camera doesn't just take breathtaking pictures but videos as well, including ones in slow motion (like the one at the top of this page).

I bought this camera to capture my travels. I'm no professional but this is considered a semi professional camera and I'm trying to learn about the art of professional photography and figured that this would be the best camera to get me started on that road.

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Canon s100 vs Canon s95

The s100 has:

  • 5x optical zoom, the s95 has 3.8x optical range
  • a 24mm lens, while the previousl model has a 28mm lens
  • GPS with map logging, while the s95 does no
  • a better autofocus than the s95

Hurricane Sandy Damage Photos Taken With my Canon s100

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This is the building in Chelsea (Manhattan neighborhood) whose front facade collapsed during Hurricane SandyThe beach in Coney Island where these days you can also find a stray refrigerator, boat, and and jet ski.This house in Seagate (South Brooklyn) suffered a lot of damageNo, this isn't a dirt road but it's paved... it's just that now it's covered in sand (South Brooklyn)This is what cars look like inside after Hurricane Sandy came through NYC
This is the building in Chelsea (Manhattan neighborhood) whose front facade collapsed during Hurricane Sandy
This is the building in Chelsea (Manhattan neighborhood) whose front facade collapsed during Hurricane Sandy | Source
The beach in Coney Island where these days you can also find a stray refrigerator, boat, and and jet ski.
The beach in Coney Island where these days you can also find a stray refrigerator, boat, and and jet ski. | Source
This house in Seagate (South Brooklyn) suffered a lot of damage
This house in Seagate (South Brooklyn) suffered a lot of damage | Source
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No, this isn't a dirt road but it's paved... it's just that now it's covered in sand (South Brooklyn)
No, this isn't a dirt road but it's paved... it's just that now it's covered in sand (South Brooklyn) | Source
This is what cars look like inside after Hurricane Sandy came through NYC
This is what cars look like inside after Hurricane Sandy came through NYC | Source

Pros and Cons of Cannon S 100

Pros of the Canon S 100

  • Records 1080p videos at the click of a button with pretty good resolution and it's even possible to zoom while recording
  • GPS tracking
  • Pocket friendly
  • A fast lens
  • Captures eight images in just one second (9.6 fps) and continuous shooting at 2.3 fps
  • 24mm wide-angle
  • Maximum and auto ISO is controllable
  • A large sensor
  • Good focus in different lighting
  • Light (weighs just under seven ounces)

Cons of the Canon S 100

  • A very short battery life when the GPS tracker is on
  • Videos don't come out very well in areas that aren't well lit
  • Only ISO 80 can be used for exposures longer than one minute.
  • Canon has acknowledged a lens error on s100s with serial numbers from 29 through 41.

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      Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Nice review. Well laid out. Thanks! Loved the video.

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      Anna 4 years ago from New York, NY

      Thanks, Austinstar! I never posted a video before but I have this one that my boyfriend took of me while we were experimenting with the slow motion feature and we laughed really hard when we watch it so I wanted to share :) Happy thanksgiving!

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      Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      It was funny. I thought you were going to say something, but then I realized you didn't need to :-)

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      Tarik Aarbaoui 4 years ago from Morocco

      funny video and well written hub :)

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      Anna 4 years ago from New York, NY

      Thanks, Miscellanea :)

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      Virginia Kearney 4 years ago from United States

      Canon Powershot has been my camera of choice for over 10 years. Love them. I actually recently switched to Kodak Easyshare for my last camera though because I like being able to have regular AA batteries. Love this review. I'm planning a review of my Kodak and so I was interested on your take on doing a review.

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      Anna 4 years ago from New York, NY

      Thanks for stopping by, Virginia! I've also been using Canon PowerShots for over ten years as well so I'm looking forward to reading your review of the Kodak Easyshare to know what you think of it and switching from Canon.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Sorry your camera was stolen from you like that... I bet you were terrified!! If you had a heavy purse you could have knocked him over the head or something ..LOL! Glad you were able to get another.. and thank you for doing all the research on this... I am going to consider this hub when I get another camera. The video is crisp and clear and the pics are great too. Thank you for this very useful review of the Canon PowerShot S100 :)

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      Anna 4 years ago from New York, NY

      Thanks, Jamie! hehe yeah, a heavy purse would've been useful at that moment but I'm glad I got this awesome camera after all that. Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 4 years ago from Tumkur

      A useful hub. Though you are not a technical person in camera related matters, you have taken pains to know the details and put them in a cogent manner to help us. Thanks a lot.

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      Dave Collado 2 years ago from San Jose California

      You had me at the video, nice hub, now I'm off to Costco.

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