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With the trend of DSLR cameras rapidly rising these days, is it still worth to give point and shoot cameras a shot? If it offers features that are almost as good as the DSLR’s then it’s probably worth looking at. Imagine a pocket sized camera that mimics the amazing and wonderful features of its bigger and bulkier brother, the DSLR’s. That’s exactly what Canon wanted to bring you when they came out with the developed model of their S95. From the high demands of photographers for a quality camera that is more convenient to carry, Canon designed their new baby. A compact camera packed with professional features is what Canon aimed for in their Powershot S100.
How does this camera look?
The Canon S100 has taken a lot of its physical arrangement from its predecessor, the Canon S95. It is pocket sized, which is one of the best things about it because of the ease it gives to professional photographers who would like to take a temporary break from the real pro camera. The Powershot S100's looks can actually be deceiving. It looks like a much simpler camera, not giving away the full packed feature that goes with it. The camera comes in two colours. Buyers can take a pick between black and silver.
What are its main features?
The imaging features of the Canon Powershot S100 markedly differs from the of the S90, its predecessor. The S100 has a 5x zoom, equivalent to a 24-120 mm lens range. It still has the fast F2 maximum aperture at wideangle however, due to its compact size, it has been limited to an F5.9 at telephoto. It is however the first of its kind to carry the latest DIGIC 5 image processor with a 12.1 megapixel high sensitivity CMOS sensor. Other new features incorporated into the S100 are the lens optical image stabilization system and a built in neutral density filter, allowing the use of larger apertures in bright light. The S100’s built in GPD allows the travel enthusiast to tag captured images on location and log it in to plot it on google maps.
Does this camera suit your needs?
If you are a camera enthusiast but would rather bring something lighter on a certain trip, then this is the camera for you. A camera that would not compromise the quality of a shot and at the same time is extremely convenient to carry. This is a good choice for those who want to take a break from the complicated manual of the DSLR’s. Without giving up a good quality shot, the Powershot S100 will relieve you of many manipulations required by the DSLR’s. It takes just about 2.3 seconds to start up and take a shot. In continuous shooting mode, it takes photo after photo in only a half second. The Powershot S100 did exceptionally well at the Imatest Software suite when it was tested for sharpness and image noise. It scored a sharpness of 1,989 lines per picture height.
Would you get your money’s worth for it?
In Malaysia, the Powershot S100 is worth around RM 1,180-1,500. If you are a professional photographer or a real camera enthusiast, then you would probably get your money’s worth on this device. After all, it is pretty convenient especially when you plan to travel light but want to make sure you can take quality pictures. It’s also a good choice for pros who want to temporarily break away from the big DSLR’s. This would be pricey though for amateurs and for those whose purpose for buying a camera is simply just to capture moments. A lot of features of the camera may deem useless to them.
At RM 1,180; Malaysia offers one of the best prices for the Powershot S100 compared to other Asian countries. The next reasonable offer is probably from Singapore with a price range of SGD 463-667, which is about RM 1,157.24 - 1,667.01. Hong Kong offers the camera with a price of HKD 3,640; it’s RM 1,429.22. The Philippines has it for a much higher price, selling it with PHP 28,998, when converted to Malaysian Ringgit, it is RM 2,155.92.
Pros and Cons
- The Good Side
- Size matters
- User Friendly
- Fast and Sharp lens
- The LCD is not the best class
- Short battery life
- Missing a hot shoe
- Not much upgrade from the S95