Canon S100 review

A sexy GPS-enabled, high-end compact

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using the DXO Analyzer software.

Signal-to-noise ratio

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner, better quality image.

Canon powershot s100 signal to noise ratio
Canon powershot s100 signal to noise ratio

JPEG images from the Canon PowerShot S100 have a good signal to noise ratio, beating those produced by the Nikon Coolpix P7100, Olympus XZ-1 and the Canon PowerShot G12. This graph shows that even at the top end of the sensitivity range noise is kept under control.

Dynamic range

Canon powershot s100 dynamic range
Canon powershot s100 dynamic range

This chart indicates that the Canon PowerShot S100's JPEGs compare well against the Nikon Coolpix P7100, Olympus XZ-1 and Canon PowerShot G12 at the lowest and highest sensitivity settings. However, it isn't quite so good between ISO 200 and 800. The graph illustrates a similar jump in dynamic range at around ISO 800 to the Canon PowerShot G12 which shares the same sensor.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
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
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 Address
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