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September 2011

Canon has announced the launch of the PowerShot S100 – a powerful, versatile and highly compact camera that offers photographers extensive control, leading image quality and a new f/2.0 5x Canon zoom lens.

The PowerShot S100 is the most advanced Canon PowerShot S-series camera to date and surpasses the high standards that were set by its acclaimed S95 predecessor. It features an enhanced HS System that combines an elite high-sensitivity sensor with the very latest in Canon processing technology – the powerful DIGIC 5 processor.

Packed with upgrades, the PowerShot S100 marks a true step forward for the PowerShot S-series of compacts. Its 24mm ultra wideangle, f/2.0 5x optical zoom Canon lens provides greater power and flexibility, and combines with Canon’s Intelligent Image Stabilizer (IS) system to deliver crisp, clear images in stills and movies.

The S100 also includes GPS functionality to record the time and location of every shot, Full HD movie recording to capture stunning video, and the aforementioned DIGIC 5 processor that offers fast shooting speeds and even better image quality in all conditions. All of these new features come in a super-slim body, measuring just 26.7mm from front-to-back, that will be available in a choice of either matte black or titanium silver body variants.

Powerful HS System with DIGIC 5 processing
The PowerShot S100 features the most powerful implementation of the HS System yet. Building on the PowerShot S-series’ reputation for providing high-quality, low noise images in low light, the enhanced HS System optimally combines DIGIC 5 processing with a high-sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel 1/1.7-type CMOS sensor (developed using Canon EOS sensor know-how) to provide an even more powerful basis for low light photography. The S100 has a maximum ISO of 6400 at full resolution and fully utilises the high performance of the CMOS sensor and the power of the DIGIC 5 processor to reduce image noise – offering excellent image quality in all conditions.

Designed to achieve new and advanced levels of image quality, the DIGIC 5 processor analyses four times more image information to create each pixel, thus recording more detail and colour from a scene than ever before. Processing speed is six times faster compared to the previous (DIGIC 4) processor, efficiently managing the increase in scene information and simultaneously reducing the appearance of image noise by up to 75% (in comparison to the S95 model at ISO 1600).

The top plate of the Canon PowerShot S100 compact, showing its controls, with the camera’s 5x zoom lens extended.

Genuine f/2.0 Canon lens with Intelligent IS
The PowerShot S100 features a new, high performance lens that was developed and manufactured using the same methods and expertise as Canon’s leading EF lens range. A benchmark in Canon optical technology, the lens supports 24mm ultra wideangle coverage for shooting horizons and landscapes, and an extended 5x optical zoom for zooming into distant scenes or subjects – while offering a bright f/2.0 maximum aperture. There is also a 3-stop ND filter inside the lens.

Intelligent IS utilises Canon’s highly effective 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer to counteract camera shake in stills and Full HD movies. Providing seven modes of stabilisation – Normal IS, Panning IS, Macro IS, Dynamic IS, Powered IS, Dynamic Macro IS and Tripod mode – Intelligent IS automatically identifies the scene and adapts the optical Image Stabilizer settings for optimal compensation. Panning IS mode is ideal for following racetrack action, ensuring the IS system only corrects the axis vertical to the direction of movement, while Macro IS features Hybrid IS technology for shooting clear close-ups. Powered IS uses Canon camcorder technology to film distant subjects when using the zoom, while Tripod mode switches off IS when the camera is on a stable surface or attached to a tripod.

Enhanced control
The PowerShot S100 offers full manual control over shooting settings and modes. Designed to fit seamlessly into a photographer’s existing workflow, it supports RAW format shooting and offers compatibility with Canon’s Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software as standard, providing a perfect second camera for DSLR photographers.

The popular Lens Control Ring, synonymous with the modern PowerShot S-series, provides a tactile way to control picture settings such as focus and exposure. Photographers can assign the Lens Control Ring to a number of different image parameters, including shutter speed, ISO sensitivity and aperture, allowing them to fine-tune their exposure in 1/3-stop increments. The ‘Ring Function’ button and rear Multi-Control Dial can also be custom-assigned to control other pre-selected functions, providing complete flexibility for photographers.

High-speed Burst HQ and ease-of-use
Using the power of the DIGIC 5 processor, the PowerShot S100 is ideal for capturing fast-moving action. High-speed Burst HQ captures a rapid sequence of eight full resolution shots at up to 9.6 frames per second (fps) and is perfect for everything from sports to parties. For recording the drama of high-speed action, Super Slow Motion Movie mode also records videos at 240fps (QVGA quality) or 120fps (VGA quality).

For easy shooting in a range of situations, Canon’s Smart Auto mode ensures great results by selecting the optimum settings for a scene from 32 variables. New Multi-area White Balance makes images look more natural by detecting scenes with two different light sources and applying area-specific white balance correction. For instance, when shooting a portrait with flash under tungsten lighting, the camera will simultaneously apply tungsten white balance to the background and flash white balance to a person’s face, ensuring that both the subject and the background look natural.

The back of the new Canon PowerShot S100 showing the rear camera controls and the 7.5cm (3.0”) PureColor II G LCD display.

Integrated GPS, Full HD video & 7.5cm LCD
For photographers who want to record the location of every shot the PowerShot S100’s integrated GPS unit records where and when images are taken, so you can keep an accurate record of the place and time that pictures were taken. Additionally, the GPS Logger facility records a photographer’s journey, allowing them to review their travels by using the supplied Map Utility software that integrates with Google Maps.

Stunning Full HD (1080p) video is also captured at 24 frames per second with stereo sound. The 5x optical zoom lens can be used during video capture, while Dynamic IS and Powered IS mode within Intelligent IS counteract camera shake when recording whilst moving, or when using the zoom. An HDMI-CEC port makes it easy to share videos and allows users to play images back on compatible HDTVs using the TV remote.

A large, premium-quality 7.5 cm (3.0”) PureColor II G LCD display is perfect for framing and playback, with a fine 461k-dot resolution that offers high contrast and excellent colour reproduction. A tempered glass outer layer provides a wide viewing angle and resistance to scratches, and new grips on both the front and back of the camera body offer improved handling, making this the ideal pocket camera.

New accessories
The PowerShot S100 is compatible with a range of Canon accessories. The new HF-DC2 is an external flash unit that can be used to supplement the camera’s built-in flash, allowing users to capture a broader range of subjects. Users can also explore the world of underwater photography with the new optional Waterproof Case WP-DC43, which provides water resistance to depths of 40 metres and protects the camera from dust, dirt and damage – making it perfect for snorkelling or diving on holiday.

Canon PowerShot S100 – key features at a glance
  • High-sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel Canon CMOS sensor (1/1.7 type)
  • HS System with powerful DIGIC 5 processor
  • Ultra-wide 24mm f/2.0, 5x zoom lens. Intelligent IS
  • Lens Control Ring, NR Control & RAW
  • GPS
  • Full HD, HDMI
  • Large 7.5 cm (3.0") LCD
  • High-speed Burst HQ at 9.6fps
  • Smart Auto, Multi-area WB
  • Optional Waterproof Case