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Canon PowerShot S100

Canon PowerShot S100 Premium Pocket Camera

Here’s a bold statement for you – the Canon PowerShot S100 is the best pocket camera on the planet. First of all – it really does fit in a pants pocket. And the large 1/1.7-inch 12-megapixel CMOS sensor, Canon’s HS system, 24-120mm f/2.0-5.9 zoom lens and RAW shooting ensure your S100 photos have excellent image quality – even in low light. If you want a truly compact high-performance camera, the S100 is really your only option. Everything else is either too big or not as good. The PowerShot S100 also has great manual controls, including the very cool control ring, which you can configure to adjust aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, etc. It even has built-in GPS to tag the location where you take each photo! Serious photographers and others who want a pocket camera with lots of control and excellent image quality – the Canon PowerShot S100 is your camera.

Hot Pocket – Canon PowerShot S100 >>

  • MSRP: $429
  • 1/1.7-inch 12-megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 5x 24-120mm f/2.0-5.9 zoom lens with optical image stabilization
  • 1920 x 1280 full HD video
  • 3-inch 461k-dot LCD display
  • Built-in GPS
  • Manual exposure controls
  • RAW shooting
  • 9.6 FPS full-resolution high-speed burst (for up to 8 frames)
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Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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  • thien says:

    The Canon S100 is officially on my christmas list!

  • Photo-John says:

    Happy to help siphon some money out of your wallet and stimulate the economy, Thien! :-)

  • OllieK says:

    How on earth could you guys not include the Canon SX230HS with a 14x zoom, image stabilization, HD video with mini HDMI out, and many more great features all for under $200 street price. Your overall selection is pretty lame considering the truly fabulous cameras out there. A few of your selections are just plain pathetic. Who is paying you off??

  • Photo-John says:

    I can’t help laughing a bit at your comment, Ollie. Diplomacy is not one of your skills, I guess. Still, thanks for the comment and thanks for mentioning the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS, which I actually own. And I agree with you – it is an awesome camera. That’s why I bought it. Pocket superzooms like the SX230 HS are actually my favorite kind of compact camera. I have been pushing them hard outside of this guide (my pocket superzoom camera guide) and I was disappointed I didn’t get to include one in this list. I did try to explain how I made my choices in the introduction. I only chose ten cameras and I based them on what was popular on the site and what is selling well on Amazon. No matter how I make a top cameras list I’m going to leave something out and someone is going to think its lame. That’s why I encouraged our readers – and you – to post their picks in the comments. That way you get to voice your opinion, tell me I’m lame and tell people what camera you think is best. So thanks for your contribution. And no – no one is paying us off :-)

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