The build quality of the Canon Powershot S100 is so good it seems like it was made in a Smith & Wesson factory. But then the S100 is no regular camera. It comes with a ring control for zooming, unheard of in point-and-shoot cameras of our times. There is a zoom toggle on top with the click button, but you will hardly need to use it with the ring taking most of the workload.
The S100 is 12.1MP camera, but the new HS System improves image quality drastically, especially in low light situations. If the light is still not good enough, there is a periscope-like flash that pops out of the top, but you wouldn’t need it except maybe during the night. The macro end of the lens is crystal clear, while the 5x optical zoom combines with a 4x digital zoom to give a 20x combined zoom. The image stabiliser also ensures that unnecessary blur and distortions are removed.
There is a dial around the function buttons too. This is a handy feature to flip through the menu and settings, especially since there is a lot to choose from. Along with the regular modes, there is also a built-in HDR mode. In the video mode, the S100 can shoot fullhd video at 1920x1080p. Despite issues with low light, the super slow motion option seemed like an interesting feature.