RunStrom: Wow – Am I tired of all your negative chat. This is by all standards a very good camera. Where else could you get so much that can fit in your pocket. 24mm f2.0 is a must have, and going to 120mm is pure cherry on the top extras. GPS is great too. I wonder how many of you dimwits out there can appreciate it. If the pics are as good as or better than my Ricoh GX-100 then this baby is going to replace it, even if I have to wear the Canon logo on my forehead.
To BBs"I.Q. of the S100 specifically? Of course there isn't any to review...YET!"
It's not difficult to produce good results in daylight, for almost all manufacturers. The genius is doing so in low light (indoors or out). And Canon (P&S) does that better than anyone - based not only on 99% of the reviewers but users as well. This is what the S100 will likely do better than anyone, again! If low light ability is not one of your must have's, than pick up a any P&S camera for about 150 bucks (or even less) and you'll likely be happy.The S100 is made for those who know that low light prowess, an aperture of f2, 24mm wide, manual controls, & on & on, is more important than 1080p 30 vs 24 fps, 16mp sensors, 20 shots per second, and large zoom ranges. Is it possible to buy a camera with better daylight or low light results? No, if you want it to fit in your pocket!I hope that mine gets built on a Thursday!
Tom Goodman: The manufacturers can invent new labels for cameras nearly as quickly as they can variations for existing ones. "Enthusiast" is perhaps the most pernicious of these labels. The S95 and its competitors within this dubious category are simply inadequate to make quality images (and here's the important part) for anyone who has more than "enthusiasm" for photography. Any time I have taken my S95 with me instead of my Nikon D300 I have regretted the decision.
To TomThere's a reason why the P/S camera segment is so much larger than anything else. Size does matter or we'd all be carrying suitcases full of camera gear to ensure the best IQ. We don't. Fact is that most people don't enlarge their photos to 11x14 (or larger) but once in a blue moon. If very high IQ is important to you why would you even consider using a P/S?My point is, that for a 'pocket size' camera the S100, as the S95 is currently, will likely be king. If you go to a slightly larger body, X100, Nex, etc. than the IQ should be even better. So comparing your D300 to the S95 is simply not fair.
tkbslc: F2-5.9? No thanks. f2-4.9 was painful enough on the 90/95.
This has basically become a really expensive and chunky ELPH 500HS.
Most folks will likely use 120mm outdoors where it's brighter, anyway! So, who cares about the f5.9 - heck, shoot at 105mm instead and crop. Few have realized that the biggest factor here - since we are talking about IQ - is that this sensor will produce 75% less noise than the S95? THAT'S where it's all at !!
SETI: I prefer Olympus XZ-1
My guess is that as soon as the S100 is released XZ-1 sales will likely suffer. I had a look at a few videos by XZ-1's (on you-tube) and it doesn't look pretty! Though Olympus (along with Ricoh & Fuji ) are F/W masters so an update may be in the works.Still, aside from being a looker, there's no denying that beautiful Zuiko f1.8 lens!
Mark Ma: I have a Canon S95 and the updates and upgrades are good, but not good enough for me to buy one. I use my S95 for casual snaps and for more serious photography, I always use my Canon T2i. So far, I like my S95 that can compete with my T2i on sunny days. GPS is really not that important to me. Except this, other so-called improvements are trade-offs: The extra zoom can cause blurs or less sharpness. For the extra 2 megapixels, it can increase noise. CMOS may be a problem for video recording.
One can assume that Canon went to 12mp because of an improved sensor and processing software. If, as they claim, there's 1/4 of the noise seen on the S95, this will be an amazing camera! IQ will be so high (for a P/S) that all other possible shortcomings by the new stretched spec's (f2.0 @ 24 - f5.9 and 120mm) will be virtually gone/mitigated.Must be nice being at the top!
rickspencer4: Reading all the reviews, the PROs are all the place with opinions. I want to know IF you are buying a P/S today, $500.00 to $600.00 dollars, what are you picking!!
An S100, of course!
I can't believe that you'd mention the S95 and D300 in the same sentence! The reason you've never been happy about bringing your S95 along is because you've never tried placing the D300 in your shirt pocket.
jmellas: This is exactly what I had in mind. The wide angle was a must! If the image quality turns out to be better than the S95, especially 1/4 of the noise, than Cannon will have not only a winner but, once again, the leader in this segment! Increased Hi ISO quality will negate the F5.9 aperture at the 120mm setting. Worse came to worse, shoot at 24mm and F2.0 and crop afterwards. I'd rather shoot at 400/F2 and have to crop than shoot at 3200/F5.9 zoomed all the way in! Canon are not fools...fact is that the line gets better & better every year and thankfully they've not jumped into the MP race like Olympus, Fuji etc. It's no surprise they sell more cameras than anyone else!
"Fuji X10, Pani LX3/5, Nikon P300, Olympus XZ-1"
My point was that none of those cameras compare with the S95 and likely the S100. Size of body is a huge consideration and if Canon made a larger body S95/100 (like the LX3/5 X10, etc.) than the f/stop at the long end would likely be wider. If you put 20" tires on an Audi A3 it simply wouldn't work! :)
Let's not forget that this is still a point & shoot camera. I see no reason why the S100 will not be at the top of the competitors - the S95 is already there and this will be the improved version! The others, incl. Fuji X10, Pani LX3/5, Nikon P300, Olympus XZ-1, and so on, are all on a dif scale. They are all bigger in size, they have operational problems, (see video focusing on the XZ-1) they need frequent firmware updates just to get rid of bugs, or improve their op systems and features. If the S100's spec's and presumed IQ isn't enough, then one is unlikely to get satisfaction from any smaller premium P&S. I'm willing to bet that the S100 (though not perfect) will be the standard by which the rest will be compared.
This is exactly what I had in mind. The wide angle was a must! If the image quality turns out to be better than the S95, especially 1/4 of the noise, than Cannon will have not only a winner but, once again, the leader in this segment! Increased Hi ISO quality will negate the F5.9 aperture at the 120mm setting. Worse came to worse, shoot at 24mm and F2.0 and crop afterwards. I'd rather shoot at 400/F2 and have to crop than shoot at 3200/F5.9 zoomed all the way in! Canon are not fools...fact is that the line gets better & better every year and thankfully they've not jumped into the MP race like Olympus, Fuji etc. It's no surprise they sell more cameras than anyone else!