Canon S100 review

A sexy GPS-enabled, high-end compact

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As part of our image quality testing for the Canon PowerShot S100, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Canon PowerShot S100 is capable of resolving up to around 22 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them please click here to read the full article.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Canon powershot s100 resolution iso 100
Canon powershot s100 resolution iso 100

JPEG images

Canon powershot s100 resolution iso 80
Canon powershot s100 resolution iso 80

ISO80, score: 22 (see full image)

Canon powershot s100 resolution iso 100
Canon powershot s100 resolution iso 100

ISO100, score: 22 (see full image)

Canon powershot s100 resolution iso 200
Canon powershot s100 resolution iso 200

ISO200, score: 22 (see full image)

Canon powershot s100 resolution iso 400
Canon powershot s100 resolution iso 400

ISO400, score: 22 (see full image)

Canon powershot s100 resolution iso 800
Canon powershot s100 resolution iso 800

ISO800, score: 22 (see full image)

Canon powershot s100 resolution iso 1600
Canon powershot s100 resolution iso 1600

ISO1600, score: 20 (see full image)

Canon powershot s100 resolution iso 3200
Canon powershot s100 resolution iso 3200

ISO3200, score: 18 (see full image)

Canon powershot s100 resolution iso 6400
Canon powershot s100 resolution iso 6400

ISO6400, score: 16 (see full image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyPowerShot S
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesSelf-timer, Face Detection, Wink Detection, Smart Capture, Smile Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, QuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)173 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE, REACH, ENERGY STAR
Image Sensor Size1/1.7" (7.60 mm x 5.70 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height59.8 mm
Width98.9 mm
Depth26.7 mm
Product SeriesS
Focal Length5.20 mm to 26 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelS100
Product NamePowerShot S100 Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number5244B009
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

The PowerShot S100 uses Canon EOS sensor know-how and the latest Digic 5 processor to deliver exceptional images even in low light. With an f/2.0 lens, RAW and GPS this is an expert compact with impact.

Package Contents
  • PowerShot S100 Compact Camera
  • Battery Pack NB-5L (with Terminal Cover)
  • Battery Charger CB-2LX/CB-2LXE
  • Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Wrist Strap WS-DC11
  • Getting Started
  • Software Disk
  • Warranty Card
Limited Warranty1 Year