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Canon PowerShot SX100 IS 8 to 10 Megapixel

4.67 star rating
                      4.67 / 5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $299.99


  • MPNPOWERSHOTSX100IS
    Image Sensor TypeCCD
    Resolution8.3 Megapixel
    Optical Zoom10x
    Camera TypeStandard Point and Shoot
    Interchangeable LensNot Interchangeable Lenses
    35mm Zoom Lens36 - 360 mm
    Digital Zoom4x
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Focus Range19.2 in. to Infinity (w) / 39.6 in. to Infinity (t)
    Macro Focus Range0.39 - 19.2 in. (w)
    Focal Length6 - 60 mm
    Camera Resolution8.3 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions640 x 480 • 3264 x 2448 • 2592 x 1944 • 2048 x 1536 • 1600 x 1200 • 3264 x 1824 • 3264 x 1832
    Video Resolutions320 x 240 (QVGA) • 640 x 480 (VGA) • 160 x 120
    Video Speed30 fps
    Max Movie LengthWithout Limit (Depends on the camera free memory size)
    Video FormatAVI • Motion JPEG
    Aperture Rangef2.8/f4.3 (w/t)
    Shutter Speed15 - 1/2500 sec
    White BalanceAuto • Manual • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Cloudy (Preset) • Fluorescent (Preset) • Tungsten (Preset)
    Frames Per Second1.3 Frames
    Memory TypeMultimedia Card • SD Card • SDHC Card
    Compression ModesFine • SuperFine • Normal
    Compression TypeJPEG • EXIF 2.2 • DPOF 1.1
    File Size (High Res.)3.44 MB (37 images on 128MB card)
    File Size (Low Res.)0.08 MB (about 1,600 images on 128MB card)
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 100 • 200 • 400 • 800 • 1600 • 80
    Flash TypeBuilt-In
    Flash FunctionsFlash Off • Auto Flash • Fill-in Flash • Red-eye Reduction Flash • Slow Sync • Forced On
    ViewfinderWithout Viewfinder
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    LCD Panel Size2.5 in.
    LCD Screen Resolution172,000 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWithout LCD Protected Position
    Interface TypeUSB 2.0
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery Type2 x AA Batteries
    Battery Life140 Images
    Self Timer2 Sec. • 10 Sec.
    Built-in MicrophoneWith Built-in Microphone
    Width4.28 in.
    Depth1.84 in.
    Height2.81 in.
    Weight0.58 lb.
    Warranty90 Days
    Exterior ColorBlack
    Included Accessories2 x AA Batteries • Software • USB Cable • Hand Strap • 16 MB Memory Card • AV Cable
    Release DateOctober, 2007
    Product ID44849922
    MPN2091B009
    Weight0.59 lb.
    Resolution8 Megapixel
    Family LineCanon PowerShot
    Focus TypeAutofocus & Manual Focus
    Focus Range19.69 in. to Infinity (w) / 39.37 in. to Infinity (t)
    Macro Focus Range0.39 - 19.69 in. (w)
    Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
    Image Resolutions640 x 480 • 3264 x 2448 • 320 x 240 • 2592 x 1944 • 2048 x 1536 • 1600 x 1200 • 3264 x 1832
    Video Resolutions640 x 480 (VGA) • 160 x 120 • 320 x 240
    Memory TypeBuilt-in • Multimedia Card • SD Card • SDHC Card
    Built-in Memory Size32 MB
    Compression TypeJPEG • EXIF 2.2 • DPOF 1.1 • DCF
    Flash TypeBuilt-In & External
    Flash FunctionsFlash Off • Auto Flash • Fill-in Flash • Red-eye Reduction Flash • Slow Sync • Manual
    Operating SystemApple Mac OS X • Microsoft Windows 2000 • Microsoft Windows XP • Microsoft Windows Vista
    Included Accessories2 x AA Batteries • USB Cable • Strap • AV Cable
    Product ID49580512

Product Description

Canon's PowerShot SX100 IS has a 10x Optical Zoom lens, 8.0-megapixel CCD, full manual control, and Optical Image Stabilizer for shake-free shooting. Plus, the DIGIC III Image Processor with advanced Face Detection, Face Selector Button and Red-eye Correction assure superb results every time. Auto ISO Shift and ISO 1600 make low light shooting easy.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by S Hoasjoe a Expert

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2009

Strengths:    On vacation not a tiny rectangular box a lady can easily carry in her purse but still very light and portable to carry around.
Easy to operate menu settings
Large viewing screen of 3" fore easy viewing.
Good size zoom with relatively wide aperture for low light situations.
Low ISO for fine-grain shots as well as fast ISO for occasional action shots.
Fast shutter response. Compare to the older Canon digitals there is very little noticeable lag time from the moment you press the shutter to the time when your image shows up on your viewer.

Flash on & off very straightforward lifting the head by hand. Instead of having the flash on 1 side that stays put the flash is about half an inch higher when lifted. This gets rid of most red-eye problems since the flash is above eye-level.

You see exactly what you get on the viewer. When you fine-tune your exposure, the viewer adjusts brightness accordingly. Some cameras you need to take a test shot before you see the image is ok.

Good resolution for an 8 mpix.


Weaknesses:    ISO settings work well up to 400. When set to 800 & 1600 can see much more grain. ISO settings fixed at 80, 100, 200, 400, 800 & 1600. Definitely not an SLR where you can get in between settings.

F-stop only go up to F8. When shooting macro or scenic shots with people you may want to set to F11 or higher for better depth of field.

Shutter on auto modes only go down to 1s. If you need longer exposure than 1s you'd have to set to M... such as for shooting fireworks.

Macro focusing a bit awkward and don't work when zooming in to maximum magnification.

Zoom up & down switch fine-tuning a bit awkward. You push the knob a bit, the zoom move up & down a lot.

Battery life is very limited. Using Litheon Ion or rechargeable NiMh is recommended to regular alkaline. Relies too much on viewer since there is no viewing screen above you can bypass viewer to save battery. Doing heavy shooting 2 alkaline batteries can last you 1 1/2 days if you're lucky without using flash.

5"x7" compatible print format. Any time you're printing just 4"x6" you know the width will be slightly cropped. Enlargement to 5x7 you get a 1:1 reproduction.

IS mode for shake reduction is good feature to have. But on this camera not sure if it works well. When the shutter gets down to 1/15s or slower hand-held you start seeing blurred shots. Otherwise if you're using camera support you wouldn't need the stabilizer.

White Balance on Auto works most of the time. In some situations you may want to set to another WB mode such as daylight, tungsten, cloudy day, flash etc. where the camera is fixed at specific color temperatures instead of having the camera processor determine the ideal setting before the shot.


Bottom Line:   
* Large screen size
* Light and portable
* 10x zoom 6-60 aperture f2.8-4.3
* ISO from 80-1600
* Fast shutter response
* Macro mode for occasional flower and other close-ups.
* 8 mpix processor

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Just Camera

Similar Products Used:   Canon S45 & S70

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kyleservicetech a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2008

Strengths:    This camera works very well under extremely dark conditions such as taking photos during a music concert. We were about 30 feet from the stage and took many photos from our seats. For those who have tried this, usual result is a black background where the stage is dark, and white space washed out image where the entertainer is located. On full automatic, this camera did OK, but the images were washed out from overexposure, due to the black background.

The camera was placed on full manual, photos were taken until the image looked best on the LCD display. Following up on my PC, these photos were near perfect, far better than the Kodak can do under similar conditions. Also noted is the photo review on the LCD display is very close to the printed photo. This was not the case in the Kodak DX7590.

I even put the camera on a tripod outside on a pitch dark night. A 15 second time exposure showed many stars and a fairly black sky. Not many point and shoot cameras can do that. Obviously, this is no camera for astronomy, but it shows the cameras capabilities.

Indoor and outdoor photos and such are very nice as expected.


Weaknesses:    The camera, as most of the Canon line that uses AA batteries is rather hard on batteries. Simple solution is to purchase rechargeable NiHyd batteries with a charger from almost any discount store.

A benefit of the rechargeables, is they not only can be recharged many times, they also take several times more photos on a single charge as compared to the AA alkaline batteries

On full automatic, the flash will not trigger on a well lighted scene when fill in is needed. This can be resolved by setting the camera to its "P" program mode.


Bottom Line:   
This is my 5th digital camera, most recent is the Kodak DX7590. I needed a camera that uses AA batteries for an upcoming long duration vacation trip.

The Canon SX100 was selected after an investigation on the Internet, this camera looked to be the best unit to satisfy my needs. Even though the Kodak camera is only about two years old, the Canon SX100 far outpaces the Kodak camera in difficult conditions.

For someone who needs a fairly compact camera with the full automatic and manual commands, this would be a good camera to consider.

This camera is never going to compete with the professional cameras that can cost more than 10 times than this camera, but for the average user, it really fills in the gap between the simple point and shoot and professional cameras.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $225.00

Purchased At:   Sears

Similar Products Used:   Kodak DX7590, Canon 710. Also have several other cameras of lower quality.

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Donna a Casual

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2008

Strengths:    Picture quality, zoom, size and weight, feel of the camera in your hand. As I stated previously, it takes great pictures day or night. Love it, Love it, Love it. Did I say I love it?

Weaknesses:    Okay, so every camera is going to have its weaknesses, and this one is no exception. I loved having a camera dock with a rechargeable battery on my last camera. This one takes regular batteries, or you can buy rechargeable. But a dock for the camera to recharge would definitely be a plus for this camera. Another thing is that there is no viewfinder. Not really a problem since I tended to not use them in my previous cameras, but it was nice to know it was there in case I needed it. I don't usually use my camera for taking digital video pics, but a zoom on video would also be nice.

Bottom Line:   
This is my third digital camera. My first was a Sony and my last one was the Casio Exilim. This camera surpasses both of these cameras. The picture quality is excellent. Night pictures are unbelievable. With my previous cameras, you couldn't even see the picture that you were taking at night, even with the flash on. I've taken pictures with this camera with the lights out (flash on only) and it looks like daylight. I'm extremely happy with this purchase and would recommend this camera to anyone looking to take great quality photos.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $269.00

Purchased At:   Dell.com

Similar Products Used:   Previous to this digital camera I had a Sony and a Casio Exilim. The Sony took great pictures for a 1.6 mp camera, but it was huge. Larger than the video cameras that are out today. The Casio Exilim was nice and small and I loved the charging dock, but the pictures were just not good in my opinion. I was not happy with the quality of the pictures that were produced by that camera.

Type of photography:   People



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