I too have the ZS3 and from pictures I've seen this 20x zoom baby may just have the same or even better IQ. If so than I can’t wait to update for all the new features including the impressive zoom, great burst speed, ultra-fast focusing, great low light capability, AVCHD format, 1080p 30 in MP4 format, GPS, and the list goes on. No, the shutter doesn’t stay open for 60 seconds, it’s a travel zoom. I don’t want to carry a tripod when I don’t take my Rebel. If 20x zoom is not important than definitely get the Canon S100 for the F2.0 and larger sensor. You can't compare this thing with bigger cameras!
The ZS20 is obviously designed to be the smallest with the most.
The ZS3 is about as big as I want to carry on my belt. The ZS-20 is substantially thinner by 5mm!! (Same as the S-100). That, and hopefully a decent IQ, is what will sell it. Images I've seen are good but I’ll need to take my own before I can judge if this is the one that will replace my ZS3.
ag93: Can someone help me decide between the G12 and the S100
S100 is only half the thickness and therefore a pocket camera.S100 has the new, faster processor.S100 has the newest CMOS sensor: wait for reviews. S100 has a faster F2 lens which combined with the new processor and CMOS sensore should give better low-light performance.S100 has wider wide-angle. G12 HAS A VIEWFINDER!!!
Markomuel: More info on the Powershot S100 here: :)
Excellent user reviews!! :)
We'll have to be careful when ordering a batterie or a case for the S100 because those are also still available for the original S100 and ofcourse are different for this years S100.
Justin Maxton: If you had to choose between a p&s like this or the nikon coolpix s9100 (both with full hd) and a dedicated pocket camcorder like the Kodak Playtouch, when your main concern is video, which would you choose?
Justin, you can't compare them because they're build for different puposes. The Canon pushes the envelope for quality pictures in the smallest camera possible with 5x zoom.The Coolpix is bigger, and is built for max zoom in a compact camera.The Kodak is built for videos that are great for sharing on Utube etc with a basic lens, and without zoom. Generally speaking you can expect better picture quality with bigger sensors.The Canon has the biggest sensor of the three, the Coolpix has the smaller standard sensor for compact cameras, and the Kodak has a very small sensor.They all shoot 1080p video but picture quality and low light performance should be expected to be much better with the S100.
jmellas: 75% less noise than the S95!! If that's true I'll shed the $400-500 no problem. What non-professional DSLR zoom lens allows u to shoot at f2.0?
If shutter speed was a constant, say in a low light indoor situation, and the widest a typical zoom opens to is, say, to around f4 then:
Canon S100f2.0 + 1/30s + 400 ISO = proper exposureDSLRf4 + 1/30s + 1600 ISO = proper exposure
Those two images should be a lot closer in quality than one may think! Keep in mind that the subject may run away when they see the DSLR pointing their way... :)
Why worry about max aperature when the Cmos sensor and the new processor may give very much improved low-light results? We won't know until there is a profi test and review, but I have faith in Canon.
WOW, you can't even compare the S100 to the S9100 because they are totally different animals, let alone the Kodak. You need to figure out what you really want and do some reading. Size matters?
More info on the Powershot S100 here: :)
Phil BH: I know it's only "marginally taller'" but I would prefer it to be the same size as the S90 and S95. I see absolutely no benefit from having a GPS unit built in. So very annoying. I travel worldwide but I really don't need or want anyone else to know where I took a picture. I'll include that info, if relevant, in the title or description of the image. I bought the S90 because of it's capabilities and its small size as a compliment to my DSLR. I really don't like the fact they are enlarging the current offering to make room for a ridiculous "feature."
The GPS doesn't do anything for me either but it can be turned off. Difference in height is so little that it's inconsequencial. However I truly appreciate the fact that it's better than 3mm slimmer than the S95. I find that beyond 27mm they just don't make a shirt pocket camera anymore.
Craig Atkinson: sounds promising although the S95 is the 'looker' of the two.
The S100 wouldn't look so cheap if they had put the same detail on the front of the lens that they did on the S95. Hopefully the IQ will help me overcome the crappy look of the lens.
Hmmmmm, I just realize we already have a Powershot S100. It's more than 10 years old. If anyone has ever figured out the Canon numbering system please let me know how it works. Apparently they've run out of designations and are starting over from the beginning. If I remember right, S110 will then be next.
Robert Hoffman: I didn't realize the S100 was a joint venture between Canon and Fisher Price.
Unfortunately the lens area certainly looks like it's been designed by Fisher Price or maybe Disney (very Mickey Mouse).
MrJava: The best thing about the S100 is the S95 will come down in price (not that its super expencive to begin with) and unless the S100 is hugely better in use than the S95 I think my pocket will have a new S95 in it in the future.
You'll be sorry!!
twadger: Sounds great until you get to F/5.9 at 120mm........
Nowadays there is more to low light photography than just F-stops. The CMOS sensor could easily make up for the smaller aperature. In the area of depth of field there will not be any noticeable difference. Something has to give when you put all of this into a camera this size. This camera is all about pocket size / image quality and features. While IQ remains to be seen, as of right now there is no other camera this size that is comparable.
Looks like this is the camera I've been waiting for. Hopefully the image quality is as good as from the S95. I could do without the battery eating (they all do) GPS.But why did they have to make the lens area so damn cheap looking???? That part looks like it's a $69.95 camera in black and $49.95 in silver.
I'd love to see the touch screen controls. Do I need to put on my reading glasses to use them??
ChrisSwiss: 28mm is not wide enough, Canon!
I'd disagree with that. There are other cameras if 24mm is more important than the great features that this thing offers. My hope is that by not going wider than 28mm they were able to better optimize picture quality.