Canon PowerShot S100 (2000) (Digital IXUS)

Announced May 17, 2000 •
2 megapixels | 1.5 screen | 35 – 70 mm (2×)
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Slow and thirsty, but with fabulous pictures. It's thoroughly outdated, and the slowness and battery consumption (compared to modern standards) would frustrate a new user too much, but the pictures remain marvellous - a really *good* 1600x1200 that can be printed 8x10 with no problems. For a new user I'd recommend an S110 (Ixus v) or S200 (Ixus v2), as they have the same image quality but are notably faster and easier on the batteries. But the original S100 remains a marvel of its day. Problems:

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I owned a S45 (still do, now broken). The fact is, they seem to have the same optical system which sooner or later will fail. I considered Canon for the name and based on good references. Overall it was a good camera: easy to use and pretty decent pictures. The cruel reality is that the defect in the optical system makes camera inoperable (see problems) Problems: E 18 error!!! This engineering problem of Canon turns the camera into a disposable camera after the warranty expires. Mine broke 4 ...

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After nearly 4 years use this camera has proved to be extremely rleiable, and has taken many good photos (thousands ) around the world. It is been dropped and smashed and still works great. Small size is very convenient. Colours are excellent, and focus in general quite sharp. Prints also good. Problems: Batterys dont last and very expensive. No good at all for action shots - all blurred due to lack of shutter priority Flash weak - thus low light pics sometimes dont work.

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Paid £600 when it came out, then after 6 months E18 came up and after 4 months of "repairs" canon uk admitted they'd lost it and gave me a new one and didn't charge anything. I really looked after the new one, which came up with E18 eventually but 6 months later started working again and been fine for 2 years now. Except there are now 3 bad pixels - I have to retouch them by hand... Does anybody know how that comes about? Problems: blurry images is a problem at times - I use a miniature ...

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A classic. Small, good images - up to 10 x 15 cm - can be made beautiful with some Photoshop. Usually color and sharpness need some fine tune. After that images can be used professionally - I've done so on a few ads with great results. Newer cameras will certainly save time on the digital lab, allow bigger prints, but the S100 has its place on the classics gallery. I've not seen another digicam with a finer design. Beautiful, easy to use, nice balance on the hand, nice weight, useful features. ...

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Compact size camera with quite good image quality considering its age now. Excellent choice when it comes to the storage format : compact flash, less expensive and more solid than its competitors. Thanx Canon ! I don't like SD / MMC / XD cards, too fragile and too small. If you're looking for the last iteration of this excellent digital camera, choose the IXUS 400 !!! Problems: - no manual focus - no aperture priority - no shutter priority - battery life - red eye function - limited zoom - ...

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I "inherited" this little gem from my father when he bought another digi-cam. I've gotten more stuff that way over the years...but that's another story. Let me just say that these little digital ELPH cameras are the ultimate fam-cam IMO. My s100 is kid proof (within reason of course), and more amazingly, wife proof! She has dropped 2 of my point and shoot film cameras in the past. The stainless (or what ever) body is tuff as nails. I really dig the panoramic stitch software that Canon offers. ...

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The construction of the camera is superb. I have dropped it several times on hard stone floors and it is still working quite well. The camera has very few user configurable features. It has changeable white balance settings and exporuse compensation. The image quality is very good for a 2 megapixel camera. I see very little noise and CA. The ease of use is great. Anyone can use this camera. it is well laid out and the controls are in logical places. The menus are easy to use. The small ...

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The construction of the camera is superb. I have dropped it several times on hard stone floors and it is still working quite well. The camera has very few user configurable features. It has changeable white balance settings and exporuse compensation. The image quality is very good for a 2 megapixel camera. I see very little noise and CA. The ease of use is great. Anyone can use this camera. it is well laid out and the controls are in logical places. The menus are easy to use. The small ...

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2 Problems. Although we love the size and the ease of use, we have 3 of these cameras in our extended family and all three have had the same problem........after a while, the Zoom feature just stops working. Canon wants almost $200 to fix the problem, which is more than half the cost of the camera. The other problem is that the Canon batteries do not retain their charge....constantly having to recharge them, even recently purchased batteries.

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