Review of Canon s100
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!
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
Canon PowerShot S100
12.1 mege pixels, high sensitivity CMOS sensor, manual control, and Full HD video
Nikon Coolpix P7100
16 mega pixels, CMOS sensor, 4.2x zoom with a fast f/1.8 aperture, Full HD video, Optical VR
10.1 mega pixels, 1/1.7-inch CCD sensor, 3-inch 921,000 dot LCD, 7.1x zoom
Fuji FinePix HS30 EXR
16 mega pixels, CMOS sensor, 30x optical zoom, 1080p video, 3-inch, 460k dot screen
Sony Cyber-shot HX200V
18.2 mega pixels, CMOS sensor, 30x optical zoom, 1080p video, 3-inch, 921.6k dot screen
I decided to go with the Canon s100 and let me tell you all about it!
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.
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 s100Click thumbnail to view full-size
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.