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Canon PowerShot S100 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide-Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black) (OLD MODEL) by Review Summary ,  Aug 2, 2015

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Canon PowerShot S100 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide-Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black) (OLD MODEL)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 750 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 8.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Fit4.9   average
Compact4.6   average
Sharp4.6   average
DSLR4.5   above average
Size4.5   average
Color4.4   average
Image4.4   above average
Manual4.4   above average
Quality4.4   above average
Setting4.4   above average
Simple4.4   below average
Light4.3   above average
Video4.3   average
Photo4.2   average
Price3.9   below average
Zoom3.9   average
Range3.7   below average
SLR3.5   below average
Sensor3.5   below average
Noise3.4   above average
Amazon3.3   below average
Focus3.2   average
Screen2.9   below average
Service2.9   below average
Warranty2.7   above average
Battery2.6   below average
Flash2.6   below average
Design2.3   mediocre
Shutter2.0   mediocre
Charging1.9   mediocre
Lens1.6   mediocre


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Amazon

Amazon:
"I'm sure we won't get our full money back, but I appreciate Amazon's attempt to make the situation better."
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"The recall was not disclosed by Amazon which is disappointing."
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"Unfortunately we were out of the country on holiday and missed the amazon 14 day return policy."
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"There's no way Canon doesn't realize how many people are having this problem, especially after all the negative reviews on Amazon."
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"The first one I received from Amazon didn't take good pictures so I exchanged it for another."
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"I never used it and tried another camera from Amazon but same problem."
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"This is one of the best purchases I have made on Amazon."
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"I love this camera I purchase in February 2012 from Amazon."
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"I picked up at the Amazon locker, it was great being able to have frequent updates of where the camera was and go to pick it up as soon as it arrived!"
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"Got great reviews but Amazon did not have it at the time."
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"I bought one on Amazon and I'm happy with my purchase."
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Battery

Battery:
"Only downside is that it eats up battery charge fast."
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"The battery life on this thing is horrible, at least when taking videos."
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"It does most things well EXCEPT the battery life is very poor (weird given that the same battery ran the SD870 I own about 3-4 times as long as it does this camera), and while traveling, it got dust on the sensor somehow (Canon fixed under warranty - thanks, Canon!"
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"But (and there is always a but) either my S100 is a battery eater, or the OEM 1120 mAh battery supplied with the camera is junk, because I ran completely through the fully-charged battery after taking a grand total of 33 shots (56.7MB of information recorded)."
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"If you buy those batteries then you got the perfect compact point and shoot."
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"Battery life good for about 30 pictures only."
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"Convenient rechargeable battery, amazing sound visual quality, and easy to use!"
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"It does most things well EXCEPT the battery life is very poor (weird given that the same battery ran the SD870 I own about 3-4 times as long as it does this camera), and while traveling, it got dust on the sensor somehow (Canon fixed under warranty - thanks, Canon!"
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"I think the battery life is great."
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Button

Button:
"shutter button is not at good location."
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"Pros: Excellent picture quality, Best image stabilization I have ever seen, very small, buttons and controls are easy to figure out and not so easy to change by accident, the camera has some interesting special effects and shooting modes but for me, I do all that in Photoshop, I like the automatic lens cover, and the flash is quite powerful for it's size, you can turn the GPS off completely to save battery life, the burst mode is amazing for action shots, it seems quite solid with a case made of metal, it has an easy to grip texture which will help prevent its being dropped."
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"Shockingly, I immediately adjusted to the new layout and found it very hard to return the unit, mostly due to the buttons' ease."
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"We would hold down the shutter button, the camera would focus, and then it'd take a good 3-5 seconds for the image to be captured."
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"I didn't even know where the zoom button was (it's perfectly obvious, of course) or how to view my pictures (which I learned a few days into the trip)."
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"if you just put the thing on auto and press the button and hope every picture is going to be great, you will likely be disappointed."
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"User controls like one button video recording makes it so convenient and easy to use."
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"The dedicated record button is a nice addition."
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Charging

Charging:
"Only downside is that it eats up battery charge fast."
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"The camera developed a shutter problem, and only after I had agreed to a $175 fix it charge did Canon advise that the problem was systemic and the charge was dropped."
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"Mine is broken and Canon is trying to charge me to fix it even though it is a KNOWN error."
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"They gave me the address to send it to, said the lens error would be free of charge to fix."
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"Canon has publicly stated the problem and promises to fix it, without charge, for all the cameras affected."
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"oh, well you need to take out the battery, put it in the charger, plug it in and wait I was like don't you think I tried that?"
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"Yes perhaps charging mat is a bit too much (thow it would be nice), why the mini-usb port in the camera cannot be used for charging and why I have to physically remove the battery every time I want to charge the camera is really a mystery."
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"I could not tell you exactly how many shots I have been able to get per charge, but it has been noticeably less than I would expect."
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"The battery life, however, leaves much to be desired, though considering all that this camera can do, it's nice to know the charger (w flip plug) is very compact and travel worthy."
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"Many mention the battery life problem, so far, no issue for me, but I charge it before each use as instructed."
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Color

Color:
"There's not much to be said about this camera that hasn't already been said, great clarity, excellent colors, low noise, the list goes on and on."
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"At 1600 and above, color rendition drops off and noise becomes a problem for anything more than small web displays."
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"- Aperture at the end of zoom f5.9 is horrible, at low light make images noisy and have a weird color."
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"I think the color temperature sensor is not as good as the G10 (I find I have to make more adjustments in Lightroom on the images from the S100 than I did before) but it's pretty darn good most of the time."
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"Color balance is excellent too."
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"The colors and clarity of focus are outstanding."
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"Canon photos tend to push the color saturation a little but most people enjoy the depth of the color."
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"Takes beautiful photos- there is something about the color processing that makes every photo shine."
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Compact

Compact:
"No ability to control depth of field (the entire frame is always in focus) which is not good for portraits -- but hey, that's what you get with a compact camera."
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"Actually this was my first camera I bought it last year; all I know is how to power it on & off, zoom in & out, I bought as a package with a 40M (130ft) camera case to enrol with under water course, now you can see my photos in instagram @wahab66 everyone saw the photos was amazed from this compact camera .It has one disadvantage one battery for one dive, so you need to have extra battery & you will be pleased."
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"I know in some point I'm going to get a SLR, but anyway you need a compact camera for many situations that isn't comfortable have a SLR."
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"Without a doubt, this is the best compact camera out there."
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"I know that it isn't reasonable to expect SLR image quality in a small compact camera but I am trying to find a compromise I am happy with and the S90 wasn't quite there."
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"I think that this is one of the best compact camera with manual controls."
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"If you buy those batteries then you got the perfect compact point and shoot."
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"Very compact as well."
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"Good, compact camera."
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"Nice compact camera-- sharp photos-- Good for carrying around even with your Digital and or film camera for snapshots."
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DSLR

DSLR:
"Hard to tell it is not a full-fledged dslr when just looking at picture."
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"The photos I get from this are not as good as the photos I get from my DSLR but then I would not expect them to be."
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"Let's make no mistake, this is not a DSLR but it's a great little camera, takes great pictures and fits in my pocket."
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"I was hoping for a pocketable alternative to my DSLR rig to take on the go without losing creative controls, but this flaw completely removes the S100 from consideration."
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"I have other cameras, DSLR's, Sony A6000 so the S100 was only for those occasions where I needed a good pocket camera."
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"When I don't want to haul around my DSLR this little thing is a great alternative."
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"If you want a really great camera than you would need to save up for a pro DSLR camera."
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"The image-stabilization was very welcome (coming from a DSLR).The biggest positives are that image and video quality are good enough, in comparison to a DSLR."
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"It performs almost as well as our DSLR and was perfect for taking some high quality pictures when we traveled without having to carry a bulky and attention getting camera."
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Design

Design:
"Great pictures, lets you get a bit more (technical) on your shots, There are some inherent flaws in the shutter lens design that after a few years have finally failed and I have sent it to an independent depot for a fix tune-up"
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"The error occurs during normal operation and is clearly a design defect."
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"My problem was apparently more about design than malfunction."
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"Canon need to fix this design error for the future."
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"This a terrible design mistake."
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"A brief trawl of other users reviews will show this to be a very common problem with the design of the camera."
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"But the photos are great and the overall quality design is very good."
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"And it's a great little camera--well designed and comfortable to shoot."
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"Camera takes nice pictures and the user interface is well designed."
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"Overall, this is great camera and if a simple to use, well built and designed camera that is also 12.1 megapixels this is the camera for you."
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"The s100 has very good design and layout of buttons, dials and on screen manuals."
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Fit

Fit:
"The recommended Case Logic case is a perfect fit for this camera and is padded to provide protection against damage to the camera."
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"Awesome camera...great image quality for such a small camera fits in front pocket..video is pretty good also..I have taped many concerts and am always surprised and pleased with the results."
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"Excellent pocket camera which will fit in your pocket easily."
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"It has a lot of amazing and fun settings, it fits in my purse, and everything is great quality for the price point."
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"It takes some of the best pictures of a point and shoot camera out there, and it fits in your pocket! "
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"The camera size is compact enough to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand."
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Flash

Flash:
"The flash mechanism broke early on -- my hand blocked it as it tried to extend -- and now it doesn't work."
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"I had to, though trial and error, set up a flash on mode manually adjusting settings on TV or Manual mode."
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"The cons are that the Auto Mode doesn't have a Flash Always On setting, and the line is plagued with and unfortunately common Lens Error which broke my camera, and it still isn't working right after being fixed."
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"The flash is horrible and there is no hotshoe for an external flash."
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"Have now returned to Canon Service 3 times for Lens and Flash Errors that are uncorrectable by oneself."
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"Flash works well."
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"It takes really nice pictures in dark bars without a flash."
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"Still happy with the Pentax, but the Panasonic's CCD turned out to be be a dust magnet, so after carefully comparing point-and-shoots with manual capabilities, I bought a refurbished S100.It felt good to return to Canon's practice of having the no flash setting on the five-way switch on the camera back rather than Panasonic's placement on the mode-selection dial."
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"The camera is good and takes decent enough pictures, but the flash broke after a few month: wrong flash position - restart camera - which does not help."
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"got this camera because of its high iso rating, and it is able to take indoor pictures without flash."
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Focus

Focus:
"No ability to control depth of field (the entire frame is always in focus) which is not good for portraits -- but hey, that's what you get with a compact camera."
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"The video quality was above average, though it did have some focusing problems every so often, and it would occasionally take 5 seconds to get it refocused if the subject was moving."
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"It's not all that great with low lighting and the Auto Focus does a lousy job of it."
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"But no, Canon was stubborn in repairing it once again and sending it back saying they will test it extensively this time...hmmm..ok..Another problem with this camera was the knocking, clicking autofocus noise heard in videos made with it."
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"My biggest complaint is the autofocus."
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"The photos are very clear and with nearly no noise, as good as Nikon D90, except some other functions like focusing, lens."
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"And the focus is terrific."
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"I can be in a room that is totally dark, with the flash on, and get a picture that is bright and in focus or I can shoot into the sun and have wonderful clarity."
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"The colors and clarity of focus are outstanding."
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"It's a great all around camera that takes high quality pictures, has great focus capabilities, and comes close to mimicking some nice SLR features."
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"Still, I wish it was quicker to shoot and better at focusing, but for the price I can't complain too much"
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Image

Image:
"I believe the problem stems from the image stability feature."
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"Broke the first memory card I used in it (sidebar: I was taking a photo of this weird Star Trek dude in Maryland at the time."
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"In case the Image Stabilizer was malfunctioning, two other people took photos, inside with flash and without."
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"It's small, light, and it captures great quality pics(not as good as SLRs, of course)."
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"Looking through images at online sizes, it really is not easy to decide if they are from my 5D or the S100.Menu is not that easy to navigate, after 6 months I still sometimes have to look through everything to find some less used setting."
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"I haven't taken many pics with it yet and I haven't travelled with it, but it's a decent camera so far."
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"Love this camera, it's made great and takes great pics and videos!"
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"Again, my cell phone is easier to tweak and takes decent images faster."
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"Taking pictures on auto mode takes nice images but are slow."
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"Images are razor sharp and the detail is amazing."
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"I enjoyed the speed, size and quality of images for the first several months of owning the S100."
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Indoor

Indoor:
"So much of our pictures are at night or indoors and its so hard to find a camera that does well in low light settings, but this camera is absolutely perfect for both."
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"The camera makes beautiful videos in high definition of indoor sporting events with the only problem being again the battery not lasting that long."
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"I have a couple other minor complaints in addition to the indoor exposure."
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"They are unretouched, except for the Northern Lights, where I bumped up the levels: another drawback is that 1) maximum exposure is 15 seconds and 2) long exposures are limited to ISO 80, even though its noise levels are good (even ISO 800 is decent, and 400 is perfectly usable)Here are sample pictures from said vacation: [...]Pros:- Great image quality, even indoors low light- GPS- SmallCons:- Mediocre battery life- Limited long exposure"
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"Tiny, so you can really take it everywhere, it takes remarkable photos, especially in low-light settings (the quality of photos you can take indoors, without a flash, is great)."
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"It is a wonderfull camera - IDEA- , but 2 bugs are present.1I have not had good results with this setting (AWB) shooting indoors under incandescent lighting .... this note become from photographers guide to the canon powershot S100 it makes your photo appear blue (ish)2 suddenly the lens dont retract any more when turn off the camera... you can read on it in canon webpage...it is a pity because is a fenomenal camera ... if it works properly ."
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"The only complaint I have is that it has trouble capturing decent photos in low light situations indoors without the flash no matter how much I try to tweak."
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"It takes wide angle pictures for indoor inspections, works well in low light, also takes lower resolution pictures and video so it doesn't fill up the SD card for months."
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"Day time, indoor, and night time shots were all very good."
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"So much of our pictures are at night or indoors and its so hard to find a camera that does well in low light settings, but this camera is absolutely perfect for both."
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"When I selected a digital camera, I wanted a sophisticated point and shoot with fast focus, good macro and some solid presets (like indoor light, action shot, etc)."
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Lens

Lens:
"Great camera, unless you run into the problem of the lens not retracting."
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"Bought in Nov, 2012 serial# begins with 47xxxxyet the lens would not retract and it showed the error message."
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"I really enjoyed this camera until the lens error message."
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"Loved the Camera at first, but then I received a Lens Error when I was on vacation."
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"Worse, it carries a serial number in the range of those cameras Canon states are prone to dying from the LENS ERROR manufacturing defect."
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"It might has the same lens problem no matter what their serial number is."
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"Great camera, unless you run into the problem of the lens not retracting."
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"Highly recommend this over other models with interchangeable lenses."
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"Beware of the S100 product, as it seems there is a lens error (not retracting) problem that is indiscriminate and goes beyond the serial#'s mentioned."
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"I really enjoyed this camera until the lens error message."
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"It's incredible what they managed to squeeze into this little package: a great sensor with impressive noise performance (great up till ISO 1600, useable at ISO 3200 and even 6400), a nice bright (at least at 24 mm) lens with a reasonable zoom, and all the manual controls you need."
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Light

Light:
"So much of our pictures are at night or indoors and its so hard to find a camera that does well in low light settings, but this camera is absolutely perfect for both."
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"I am one of the many people whose camera broke with the well-known Lens Error after a little over a year of light use."
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"Low level light is less of a problem because of the higher ISO range."
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"Sometimes, even in bright light, it's hard to get a fast enough shutter speed to avoid blurs."
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"Hidden flash light needs some training for use because flash exit in most cases is hindered by fingers."
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"The sensor size here is average for point and shoots so is not great in low light, got mostly blurry shots."
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"Good pictures in low light, but only with wide angle photos (i. e. no zoom)."
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"This camera has great low light capability - oversized 12 MB CMOS sensor and f2.0 lens allow you to get acceptable results at ISO 3200.The 3 screen is bright and the controls are similar to most Canon pocket cameras."
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"Doesn't handle low light or fast motion well."
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"Good in low light situations."
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"The only complaint I have is that it has trouble capturing decent photos in low light situations indoors without the flash no matter how much I try to tweak."
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Manual

Manual:
"I tried, and I can optimize it for parts of the FOV while other parts aren't very good, and in the end, the best manual compromise you get takes a long time to snap an image so you mind as well use auto."
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"Good enough at low-light conditions, has a good manual control, has a built-in HDR, not the best one, but anyway, it does have, and also supports RAW image format."
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"You can read more with a .pdf manual on screen, but I find those very inconvenient if you just want to curl up and read about how to operate your camera."
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"The thought of having to reformat and print the pdf just to have a manual to carry in my camera bag is also a disappointment."
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"I love the pictures in the manual setting, auto is a bit weird."
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"My only complaint is that a manual is on the included install cd, but no print version which is sometimes necessary."
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"Great manual controls."
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"I think that this is one of the best compact camera with manual controls."
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"Pro: Photo quality: Far better picture than any cell phone will takePro: Controls: Nice manual controls that mostly do exactly what you want them toPro: Videos: It makes nice 1080p movies, after you figure out how to override some of the menu defaultsPro: RAW mode: It has this in Manual mode(s)I bought mine over 3 years ago, right after the 'lens lock' scare, and only paid 250.00 for it, making it total win."
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"It's incredible what they managed to squeeze into this little package: a great sensor with impressive noise performance (great up till ISO 1600, useable at ISO 3200 and even 6400), a nice bright (at least at 24 mm) lens with a reasonable zoom, and all the manual controls you need."
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"Comes with excellent software, and a PDF soft manual."
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Memory

Memory:
"Broke the first memory card I used in it (sidebar: I was taking a photo of this weird Star Trek dude in Maryland at the time."
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"Unfortunately I did not receive a memory card with the camera."
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"When I returned the damaged camera, it had the memory card in it."
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"I have no need for a memory card if the camera is missing!"
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"It is a reat camera but I wish that it came with a decent memory card and case, ot even an oprtion to buy these."
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"So I was expecting to get the memory card as well with the new shipment."
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"Videos and flash also use up the battery quickly, so I'd recommend getting at least a 16GB class 10 memory card and a 2nd battery to make sure you get though the day."
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"I love how the package came in early with my book, memory card, and an empty camera box."
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"I just wanted to enjoy my trip, get a lot of digital memories easily and without hassle."
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Noise

Noise:
"The lens is simply stuck open in the extended position and every time I power the camera on, I hear a rattling noise and receive an error message stating that there's a lens error and the camera will automatically shutdown."
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"But no, Canon was stubborn in repairing it once again and sending it back saying they will test it extensively this time...hmmm..ok..Another problem with this camera was the knocking, clicking autofocus noise heard in videos made with it."
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"UPDATE:During Video Mode-THE CLICKING NOISE during what I presume is the Auto-Focus is SO ANNOYING."
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"The photos are very clear and with nearly no noise, as good as Nikon D90, except some other functions like focusing, lens."
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"There's not much to be said about this camera that hasn't already been said, great clarity, excellent colors, low noise, the list goes on and on."
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"At 1600 and above, color rendition drops off and noise becomes a problem for anything more than small web displays."
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"It's incredible what they managed to squeeze into this little package: a great sensor with impressive noise performance (great up till ISO 1600, useable at ISO 3200 and even 6400), a nice bright (at least at 24 mm) lens with a reasonable zoom, and all the manual controls you need."
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"com cameras Canon-S100-specs It's 12 megapixels, which is not too many to make it noisy, and the pixel micron is 3.4 um, which is pretty good for a point and shoot."
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"The noise from the zooming mechanism is not a problem in a concert setting."
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"Low Light image noise is very minimal, by far some of the best images from a point-and-shoot in low light."
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"all's good.3) People shots still look great on auto mode, even in low light4) noise is pretty damn low, until you crank it up to some obscene level, but hey this is a small cam.5) THE SIZE."
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Photo

Photo:
"I had a hard time finding information about this and didn't see ANYTHING about it until after I was disappointed with my photos."
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"The only complaint I have is that it has trouble capturing decent photos in low light situations indoors without the flash no matter how much I try to tweak."
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"I can tell you I cried missing out on the photos."
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"Actually this was my first camera I bought it last year; all I know is how to power it on & off, zoom in & out, I bought as a package with a 40M (130ft) camera case to enrol with under water course, now you can see my photos in instagram @wahab66 everyone saw the photos was amazed from this compact camera .It has one disadvantage one battery for one dive, so you need to have extra battery & you will be pleased."
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"In case the Image Stabilizer was malfunctioning, two other people took photos, inside with flash and without."
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"Follow-up: Canon was supposed to email me on Monday with photos of the damage they alleged I caused."
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"Nice compact camera-- sharp photos-- Good for carrying around even with your Digital and or film camera for snapshots."
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"Takes wonderful photos of the sky (clouds, moon, sunsets."
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"The photos are decent but the inability to remove the date from the pictures puts us back in the market for a compact camera we can carry along with us."
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"Holding the camera stable, it is still a good pictures, and tweak and adjust all my photos, when I download for keeping."
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"I bought this camera in December 2011, and the photos were very good when it worked."
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Price

Price:
"I spent a lot of money on my camera since I bought it retail and was disappointed when yesterday (20 months to the day! )"
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"If you get the famous lens error, you will waste a bit of money - maybe 150-200 on a repair and it will break again."
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"For the price it is a fairly good to mediocre buy."
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"It seems that some of the serial numbers come with this problem and I got it repaired for free (not really free because the camera problem cost me the price of buying a camera in Europe so I could have some pictures of my trip)."
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"They have always bought cheap cameras and the picture quality is horrible."
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"I was a bit concerned about the many issues people have encountered with the LENS ERROR but decided to take a chance in February, 2013 when the price dropped to $250."
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"Great every day camera for the price."
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"Great camera for the price."
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"Very good price."
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"Might be the best camera for the money I've ever owned, and I was formerly a pro photographer."
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"Great camera for the prices."
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Quality

Quality:
"The video quality was above average, though it did have some focusing problems every so often, and it would occasionally take 5 seconds to get it refocused if the subject was moving."
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"I have a Canon G9 and the quality of the photographs from the S100 are not nearly as good as the G9."
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"I'm really disappointed because I've always believed in the quality of Canon cameras."
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"It seems far fetched for a high quality brand and priced camera to have this problem, and my hope is that this was a slip past quality control."
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"It's small, light, and it captures great quality pics(not as good as SLRs, of course)."
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"Great quality! "
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"Great camera, quality is excellent for it's size and features."
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"I enjoyed the speed, size and quality of images for the first several months of owning the S100."
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"Awesome camera...great image quality for such a small camera fits in front pocket..video is pretty good also..I have taped many concerts and am always surprised and pleased with the results."
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"It takes very good pictures, and didn't realize the quality value (compared to other Cannon point-shoot cameras)."
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Range

Range:
"Mine was in that range, and the problem showed up recently."
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"Unfortunately, if your camera is not within the range of their serial number For example:29xxxxxxxxxx, 30xxxxxxxxxx41xxxxxxxxxx, they will ask you for $160 for repair and examination."
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"Canon has posted an announcement to their website regarding a known issue with the Powershot S100's tendency for the lens to malfunction, but they claim the issue is contained to a certain range of serial numbers (those where the first 2 digits begin with 29 through 41)."
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"This camera worked well until this month... Then I get the notorious lens error issue exactly as described all over the web now... Only problem is, my camera is just outside the recall range..."
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"Color saturation and dynamic range as well as detail will not be as good as C size or full frame sensors."
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"Low level light is less of a problem because of the higher ISO range."
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"Canon PowerShot S100 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Optical, its a good camera for its range !"
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"The aperture range in this camera is great for low-light and portrait pics and the optical zoom is rather impressive from a true point and shoot."
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"Fits in my pocket, has a great zoom range, and takes very sharp photos with pleasing colors."
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"The only drawback that I've seen yet is the short flash range, anyway it is not a problem for me, as I try to avoid using flash at all."
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"I also had my Lumix DMC-GX1 with 3 lenses, but within its zoom range, the S100 was just as good."
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SLR

SLR:
"It's not SLR so don't expect perfection along the lines of those $5k cameras."
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"I know in some point I'm going to get a SLR, but anyway you need a compact camera for many situations that isn't comfortable have a SLR."
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"Also, it does HDR images so I was able to take amazing pictures of fireworks which I have not been able to take with my SLR."
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"It's obviously not as good as my SLR, but it's great for times when I don't want to lug around a big heavy SLR."
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"I had to call Canon about problems with uploading pictures from my SLR and he helped me with the Powershot because i was so confused."
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"I know that it isn't reasonable to expect SLR image quality in a small compact camera but I am trying to find a compromise I am happy with and the S90 wasn't quite there."
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"It's a great all around camera that takes high quality pictures, has great focus capabilities, and comes close to mimicking some nice SLR features."
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"Took it on a 4 day backpacking trip through the Grand Canyon, AZ (light weight compared to an SLR) and now I have AMAZING photos to remember the trip."
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"easier to use then her $1,500 slr, and shots are good enough for Her products."
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"Other than those two items, this camera takes great pictures close to SLR cameras."
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"I am amazed that I get pictures that are essentially as good as those that I get with the far more expensive SLR."
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Screen

Screen:
"I wish Canon would go back to putting a viewfinder on their camera, however, since it is hard to see the screen in bright sunlight."
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"It is a well known issue (all over google), but Canon refuses to repair it under warranty, since there is a small physical damage to the screen (unrelated)."
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"One random day the camera lens stayed telescoped in the out position and the screen gave the Lens Error notice and automatically shut itself off and wouldn't power back on."
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"Because I had packed it in bubble wrap, I can only conclude that someone there broke my LCD screen during unpacking or inspection and they were trying to make me pay for it."
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"Then on a sunny cool December day 11 months and less than a 1000 pictures later I get the now famous Lens Error on the screen."
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"Battery life is not terribly great but that is to be expected especially with the large display screen."
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"The screen is really nice (rich, bright and sizable), although it would be nice if it could swivel."
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"I love the way that, on Manual mode, I can dial the aperture and shutter speed to create the perfect picture on the small screen before I ever pull the trigger - I own 2 of these now! "
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"It is easy to use, especially for tech illiterate people like me, prints beautiful pictures and the screen to see your pic is big enough you can actually see it."
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"Outstanding camera in all respects - compact, large screen, outstanding zoom, stability and clarity in all lights, excellent under water (with appropriate case of course)"
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"The screen on the back of the camera is a great size."
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Sensor

Sensor:
"Color saturation and dynamic range as well as detail will not be as good as C size or full frame sensors."
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"It's imagery was AWESOME when I 1st bought it, but I think too much time in powdery desert and maybe time in general degraded the sensor."
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"I decided to make the plunge, hoping that the larger sensor size would keep away the horrible image quality that I've always suffered."
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"Not too loud but is noticible, is the only p&s with this sensor has this problem, other camera has to be like m4 3 sensor or larger to hear such noise."
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"The issue with this camera is the shuttle lag freeze at some of the shots, usually during hot weather like 90 degree after you take like 50 shots in 30 minutes time frame, the camera will sometime freeze for few seconds before you can take another shots, is annoying i do not expect such issue with s95, the sensor or chip in s100 is hotter than s95, cause i do felt the camera is warmer after some use."
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"It's incredible what they managed to squeeze into this little package: a great sensor with impressive noise performance (great up till ISO 1600, useable at ISO 3200 and even 6400), a nice bright (at least at 24 mm) lens with a reasonable zoom, and all the manual controls you need."
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"What does matter is that this has a very accurate and much larger sensor."
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"The camera is delightful, tiny, flat (no protruding lens when it's off), with a superlative sensor, a decent lens and the gps I was looking for."
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"Its sensor is superior to the G9 though."
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"Until recently, the S100 was reputedly the pro's point-and-shoot sidekick because of its easy portability, larger (for a point-and-shoot) sensor and ability to shoot in full manual mode."
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Service

Service:
"I am truly disappointed with Canon service."
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"Only three years of service with two major lens failures that have been documented by many other owners is unacceptable for a camera that cost $400."
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".I too have had the camera sent to Factory Service after receiving Lens Error message and realizing that my camera's serial number was among those identified as having issues."
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"Have now returned to Canon Service 3 times for Lens and Flash Errors that are uncorrectable by oneself."
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"It is not a recall, just a service issue and if you have the error, the fix is free."
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"Canon's customer service is terrible as well."
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"It was easy enough and customer service was helpful and apologetic so I didn't worry much."
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"This was my second camera from Cannon and although they have pretty great customer service, I will be trying a different camera brand next time I purchase."
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"Can't complain about that kind of service! "
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"Canon service is pretty poor !"
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"Canon's customer service is terrible as well."
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Setting

Setting:
"The cons are that the Auto Mode doesn't have a Flash Always On setting, and the line is plagued with and unfortunately common Lens Error which broke my camera, and it still isn't working right after being fixed."
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"The advanced settings may be confusing for some, but the auto setting is very good, so most will never need the extra settings."
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"I love the pictures in the manual setting, auto is a bit weird."
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"It is a wonderfull camera - IDEA- , but 2 bugs are present.1I have not had good results with this setting (AWB) shooting indoors under incandescent lighting .... this note become from photographers guide to the canon powershot S100 it makes your photo appear blue (ish)2 suddenly the lens dont retract any more when turn off the camera... you can read on it in canon webpage...it is a pity because is a fenomenal camera ... if it works properly ."
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"The camera occasionally selects inappropriate settings - whether in Auto, P, or other modes."
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"Gives great control, with most manual settings one would expect from a much larger camera."
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"It has a lot of amazing and fun settings, it fits in my purse, and everything is great quality for the price point."
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"It has fully manual to fully automatic settings and takes great photos."
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"So much of our pictures are at night or indoors and its so hard to find a camera that does well in low light settings, but this camera is absolutely perfect for both."
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"All of the other things on which other reviewers have commented - sharp lens, easy-to use ring around the lens for certain key settings, bright LCD - make the camera enjoyable, and it travels with me wherever I got."
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Sharp

Sharp:
"So while this keeps the video stay sharp all the time because of the auto focus, you will hear the unpleasant rattling sound as well."
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"As Richard Wanderman noted in his review (I have not taken a sharp picture yet with this camera), I was unable to take a photo (even with the camera set on Auto for point-and-shoot photos) that was sharply in focus."
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"Nice compact camera-- sharp photos-- Good for carrying around even with your Digital and or film camera for snapshots."
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"Images are razor sharp and the detail is amazing."
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"Really sharp and bright, easy to use."
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"The macro focus is really sharp and gives good results."
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"Movies shot with this camera are sharp and the sound is quite good."
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Shutter

Shutter:
"Takes great stills, but it's not great for fast moving objects slow shutter speed."
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"I was not aware of a shutter problem, until I researched why my shutter stopped working about a year into ownership."
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"The camera developed a shutter problem, and only after I had agreed to a $175 fix it charge did Canon advise that the problem was systemic and the charge was dropped."
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"Great pictures, lets you get a bit more (technical) on your shots, There are some inherent flaws in the shutter lens design that after a few years have finally failed and I have sent it to an independent depot for a fix tune-up"
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"Purchased the S100 in July 2012, and started experiencing a shutter malfunction where it basically wouldn't take a picture in any mode when pressing the button."
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"Very nice Camera but we aware there is a shutter release issue that a lot of people are having."
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"We would hold down the shutter button, the camera would focus, and then it'd take a good 3-5 seconds for the image to be captured."
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"I love the way that, on Manual mode, I can dial the aperture and shutter speed to create the perfect picture on the small screen before I ever pull the trigger - I own 2 of these now! "
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"I also wanted a camera I could take great pictures with that allowed me to easily control the shutter speed, ISOs, and aperture, while at the same time being able to turn it to automatic and feel comfortable handing it to a stranger to take a picture of my wife and I."
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"Quick shutter speeds, great videos, pics are crisp."
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Simple

Simple:
"The S100 has some of the drawbacks of a point and shoot such as a simple exposure system and the fact that you must use the preview window on the back to compose your shot."
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"When you want a dead simple, straight forward, pocket sized point & shoot, look no further."
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"excellent picture quality and relatively simple to use."
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"However the main reason I bought this camera is to have more controls than a simple P&S and to be able to get more on the creative side of Photography."
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"I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a simple point and shoot that takes high quality photographs."
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"If you're looking for a simple to operate that takes great pictures, this is your camera."
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"this is a very handy and small pocket camerapictures are incredible almost gives a nice SLR effectthe raw features is one of the most key featureoperations are quite easy and simple compare to other available in the market"
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Size

Size:
"Because of the problems with the S100 line, I will switch to a pocket size Sony or other brand."
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"It is a well known issue (all over google), but Canon refuses to repair it under warranty, since there is a small physical damage to the screen (unrelated)."
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"Hard to believe all the features built into such a small camera."
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"Looking through images at online sizes, it really is not easy to decide if they are from my 5D or the S100.Menu is not that easy to navigate, after 6 months I still sometimes have to look through everything to find some less used setting."
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"Color saturation and dynamic range as well as detail will not be as good as C size or full frame sensors."
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"The white balance was terrible, and the battery ran out after a very small number of shots (about 100)."
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"Nice small size."
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"For its size and cost it should be a wonderful traveling companion."
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"Great camera, quality is excellent for it's size and features."
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"I enjoyed the speed, size and quality of images for the first several months of owning the S100."
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Sound

Sound:
"Now it sounds like the S110 is also having this same problem....So while I love the way this camera works, I don't love the lack or reliability."
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"The biggest problem with this camera is the damn clicking sound it makes when the auto-focus is adjusting!"
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"So while this keeps the video stay sharp all the time because of the auto focus, you will hear the unpleasant rattling sound as well."
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"I tried at least 3 (three) S100's and the annoying clicking sound in the video was driving me crazy."
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"The movie function produces good video with adequate sound--a surprise."
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"The sound quality for videos is vastly superior to my previous camera's ability."
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"Convenient rechargeable battery, amazing sound visual quality, and easy to use!"
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"Movies shot with this camera are sharp and the sound is quite good."
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"It records stereo (left and right channels) sounds (out of the box) without the hassle of plugging in an external mic."
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Speed

Speed:
"Takes great stills, but it's not great for fast moving objects slow shutter speed."
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"Only downside is that it eats up battery charge fast."
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"Sometimes, even in bright light, it's hard to get a fast enough shutter speed to avoid blurs."
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"If you're stuck with an S100 there are a few workarounds:For the shutter speed problem choose Shutter Priority mode (Tv) and set the desired shutter speed to what you'd prefer (typically 1 250 to 1 500 for action) Then in the menu settings make sure Safety Shift is ON."
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"Taking pictures on auto mode takes nice images but are slow."
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"Doesn't handle low light or fast motion well."
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"I enjoyed the speed, size and quality of images for the first several months of owning the S100."
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"I love the way that, on Manual mode, I can dial the aperture and shutter speed to create the perfect picture on the small screen before I ever pull the trigger - I own 2 of these now! "
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"When I selected a digital camera, I wanted a sophisticated point and shoot with fast focus, good macro and some solid presets (like indoor light, action shot, etc)."
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Support

Support:
"Problem after problem and Canon is terrible these days on support."
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"The large number of complaints on the Canon support forum indicates this problem is fairly widespread."
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"Cannon support seems to suck with repeated similar problems with s100."
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"Good enough at low-light conditions, has a good manual control, has a built-in HDR, not the best one, but anyway, it does have, and also supports RAW image format."
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"I tried to get Canon support for the problem and was directed to a third party that cost $16.00 and blamed the memory card."
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"The vaunted S1000 is JUNK and without support."
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"I tend to prefer Nikon for SLRs and Canon for small cameras (both are excellent), and my research continued to support the notion that Canon is right at the forefront for small cameras."
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"It might have been me and if it wasn't, Canon tech support is great."
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"If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region."
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Video

Video:
"The battery life on this thing is horrible, at least when taking videos."
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"Recording video works fine, but I read this is a common problem with the S100."
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"I sent it out to be repaired, not cheap but I had bought insurance for $75 which helped, and when it came back, it had trouble focusing when it wasn't zoomed in on a subject and also it clicked whenever it refocused during a video which made the audio horrible."
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"The video quality was above average, though it did have some focusing problems every so often, and it would occasionally take 5 seconds to get it refocused if the subject was moving."
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"Bear in mind that, as a video camera, it's not great - it'll randomly stop recording after around 22 min, and at best recording times are limited to less than 30min."
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"Was invisible when viewed on the camera viewscreen - not enough resolution - but became visible when viewing photos or video at 100%.Also very annoying was the flash delay."
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"This little camera takes excellent video!"
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"One of the best point and shoot cameras on the market, shoots great video too."
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"Love this camera, it's made great and takes great pics and videos!"
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"Pro: Photo quality: Far better picture than any cell phone will takePro: Controls: Nice manual controls that mostly do exactly what you want them toPro: Videos: It makes nice 1080p movies, after you figure out how to override some of the menu defaultsPro: RAW mode: It has this in Manual mode(s)I bought mine over 3 years ago, right after the 'lens lock' scare, and only paid 250.00 for it, making it total win."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"Then about 9 months later I got the error again; only this time it wasn't covered under warranty."
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"But Canon knew about the problem, and fixed it out of warranty."
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"Canon fixed it the first time it broke so it just survived the warranty period."
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"It is a well known issue (all over google), but Canon refuses to repair it under warranty, since there is a small physical damage to the screen (unrelated)."
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"Fortunately I was covered by my warranty, so I sent it for repair - but did unfortunately have to pay for my own shipping to Canon."
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"[...] discusses canon knowing about this problem and performing free out of warranty repairs on some cameras."
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"It happened with my first Cannon and I sent it in and they repaired it under warranty no problem, but then it happened again outside of warranty so I waited a while and replaced it with this."
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"It worked great when it worked; however, the camera died after the warranty expired."
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"Nice camera, nice features, but exactly 1 week after the end of the warranty, the lens suddenly won't retract - which seems to be the most common problem."
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"I was able to get it repaired under warranty in June 2013, but now it is doing it again and they are refusing to offer any warranty on their previous warranty work."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"Limited aperture control, especially at higher zoom, would be my only complaint."
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"I had send for service, however, support here in the middle east sucks I was told to wait over a month for parts to arrive from Japan ....all in all this camera is one that wont regret buying if you are not looking for ZOOM cameras."
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"Hard to get more zoom on a camera this size."
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"The only disappointment is the zoom, which as my friend said, use your feet and walk forward."
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"The zoom I find a little hard to master."
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"When I try to zoom, the camera shuts off and says there is an error in the lens."
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"The auto exposure is spot on, the zoom is silky and has good reach, and it includes a comprehensive feature set for non-automatic shooting."
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"It's incredible what they managed to squeeze into this little package: a great sensor with impressive noise performance (great up till ISO 1600, useable at ISO 3200 and even 6400), a nice bright (at least at 24 mm) lens with a reasonable zoom, and all the manual controls you need."
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"Great value and wonderful pictures with optical and digital zoom"
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"The aperture range in this camera is great for low-light and portrait pics and the optical zoom is rather impressive from a true point and shoot."
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"It has great zoom too."
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