bpdougd: Bitching here does zero good. If everyone who is upset by this and thinks it is a really bad idea would simply write to Mr Dentry (yes, old fashioned, dead-tree, put-it-in-an-envelope letters), we might get somewhere. I intend to share my opinion with Mr Dentry at Nikon Inc, 1300 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, N.Y. 11747-3064. Join me.
...I actually might do this. I don't see their solution as logical given that so many have horrible experiences with their service. Also having gray market or after warrant service which might not require Nikon's expertise.
I wouldn't see them changing their minds at all except for with an online petition or lots of physical letters.
SETI: I prefer Olympus XZ-1
I had both XZ-1 and S95. I would have kept the XZ-1 if only it had a lower noise sensor =(
Iskender: "The one control that no longer has direct access is the self-timer, which is now set through the 'Func' menu - again, this is unlikely to upset too many photographers aside from obsessive self-portraitists."
I know tripods are quite unfashionable these days, but this camera has a tripod socket and can do 15 second exposures. For these reasons the self-timer can be put to serious photographic use.
15 seconds at f/2 is a lot of light, and I suspect many are missing out on the results that are possible only due to ignorance.
I used the timer function very often. I used a Zipshot tripod or the Manfrotto pocket tripod everywhere I went with my S95. The zipshot fit it my wife's purse also! =)
Arn: The most important function of the S-button on the S95 is AF/AE lock! The preview suggests that many users "will set it to control ISO, and leave it there" (?!) So, has the S100 been turned into a P&S and the possibility of separate AF/AE lock has been removed? I hope not.
Also, the 24mm wide angle is a welcome feature, but mostly the camera would need to be more responsive than the S95. The most annoying thing in S95 is the delay and uncertainty when making EV +/- changes through the rings. Often the clicks don't translate into as many 1/3 EV's of change and there are small but annoying delays before the camera updates the LCD.
There is a AF/AE lock by holding down the shutter half way and then pressing up for AF or down for AE lock, so having your shortcut button assigned something else isn't too bad. I was sad about that too until I found out those little tricks on my S95. Hopefully they continue with that in the S100.