The S100, like the S95 is loaded with features and all the major improvements are located on the inside, in terms of technical specifications. This camera features a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, along with Canon’s new DIGIC 5 image processor. The brand has used a large sensor in this camera, which measures at 1/1.7-inch and the brand has opted for a CMOS sensor, as opposed to a CCD sensor that is found on the S95. The previous model also had a smaller megapixel count as well. The use of a CMOS sensor is believed to produce better image quality, as compared to CCD sensors. With the DIGIC 5 processor, the camera can capture images a lot faster as well as has the ability to shoot high quality images at full resolution in burst mode. Apart from this, the processor also has improved image stabilization features.
Major improvements are on the inside
The Powershot S100 also features a 5x optical zoom lens and Canon has improved upon this as well with the S95 featuring a 3.8x zoom. The Intelligent image stabilizer also helps while using the zoom feature. The camera has an improved macro feature as well, with one being able to get as close as 3 cm to an object. This will be highly beneficial in capturing artistic macro shots. There are full manual as well as semi manual shooting modes on this camera, which is really good, as one can play around with the settings of this camera. Many professional compact cameras have this feature and with Canon’s easy to use interface, one can access all the settings easily by just using the scroll wheel at the back and the function/ set button.
The interface of this camera is really easy to use and like most Canon point and shoot cameras there is no real learning curve. One can get familiar with using it within a matter of minutes whether or not they have tinkered around with other cameras from the same brand in the past. With this camera featuring manual controls, one can tweak the settings as much as they desire, which is always a good thing to get the best possible image. The layout of the onscreen controls and the ability to access them is very neatly designed. One can use the scroll wheel at the back to shift through the different ISO sensitivities or other settings they wish to configure. While reviewing pictures on the camera’s LCD display, one needs to tilt the camera any which way they like, as per their convenience as it features an auto rotate ability.
Has a full metal body
The S95 had HD 720p video capabilities, but Canon has raised the bar with this camera, as now one can shoot videos in full HD 1080p at 24fps. A neat feature of this camera that is not really common is that one can zoom into a subject, while in video mode. This helps in getting up-close to objects without the need to move closer. This is a significantly vast improvement and will be beneficial for those looking to play back content on an HDTV that supports this resolution. There are a number of scene modes found on this camera and one has the ability to shoot in different environments easily and get the colours that are best suited to the environment. The camera features a number of filters, as well, which include HDR, nostalgic, fish-eye effect, toy camera, etc. These can come in handy for creating artistic photographs. The camera can store content on an SD, SDXC or SDHC memory cards. These type of cards are fairly easily available in the market and a card with a high capacity can come in useful during full HD video recording.