It seems like yesterday that I received my Canon S95, but I got mine last October. Today Canon unveiled its replacement the new high-end PowerShot S100 compact camera. There are three key elements that are new. The lens range has been range has been extended wider and longer, 24-120mm equivalent 5x zoom. It will retain the fast F2 maximum aperture at wideangle that everyone is use to. Additionally the Canon S100 debuts Canon’s newest image processor, the DIGIC 5. Canons say that the new DIGIC 5 is 6X faster than the DIGIC 4. The DIGIC 5 has a more sophisticated image processing and offers better noise reduction. The most significant addition/change is, the Canon S100’s image sensor is a Canon-made 12.1 MP ‘high sensitivity’ CMOS sensor in the 1/1.7″ format. Which is bigger than most P&S camera’s in its class.
Key Differences between the S95 and S100
It seems like it is a new camera compared to the S95; almost every key feature has been upgraded or updated:
- 24-120mm (equivalent) lens range, F2.0-5.9, built-in neutral density filter
- 12.1 MP 1/1.7″ Canon CMOS sensor (instead of the S95 10MP)
- DIGIC 5 image processor
- ISO 80-6400
- 2.3 fps continuous shooting (9.6 fps for 8 frames in High-Speed burst mode)
- Full HD (1080p24) movie recording; H.264 compression, MOV format
- Direct movie record button
- Built-in GPS unit with image tagging and logger functions
- Optical zoom in movie mode
- Super slow motion movie recording (640 x 480 @ 120fps, 320 x 340 @ 240 fps)
The Canon S100 will be available in early November.
Canon Powershot S100 website