With a launch RRP of £439, there's no denying that the S100 is a little pricey. Some of its main rivals can be picked up for anything up to around £100 less. However, the S100 is a well-engineered camera with plenty of features.

In terms of manual control, Canon has got it right with the S100. The lens control ring is handy, and the incorporation of manual focus – plus the new FlexiZone AF feature – means the camera is much more flexible than the S95.

We liked

Slick AF performance, great build quality and comfortable handling, combined with admirable image quality in stills and HD video, plus raw shooting capability, comprehensive manual control, and GPS.

We disliked

Some features – such as the FlexiZone AF and High-speed Burst HQ functions, for instance – are somewhat difficult to access. Additionally, control over the built-in flash is a little limited for a camera of this caliber.

Final verdict

Take into account the superb handling, impressive image quality – particularly at high ISOs – slick, detailed Full HD video, plus a responsive, accurate GPS system, and you have the recipe for a pretty remarkable camera that you can take anywhere.