Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS - BY NANDAGOPAL RAJAN

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.

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