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- Canon PowerShot S100
- Improves on the S95 and takes its place at the top of the point-and-shoot food chain.
Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Camera Review$429.99
Canon has added a thin, vertical strip of rubber to the front panel, giving the right index finger a place to latch onto. The material has a smooth quality, and isn't as grippy as we would've liked, but it's definitely an improvement over the S95.
An ergonomic feature has also been added to the rear, above the control panel. Here again, the rubber is smooth to the touch, and doesn't provide much of a grip in itself. But a taller lip on the right side of the grip does add some leverage.
Buttons & Dials
The undersized shutter release button is so small and out of the way that we actually found ourselves pressing the top of the mode dial accidentally. After getting used to it, you'll soon realize the placement is decent. A bigger problem is resistance. The release's second stage is strong, and the button is recessed into the surrounding zoom lever mechanism. This takes extra effort to manage and can introduce some shake into one-handed shooting.
Down below the thumb rest is Canon's excellent main control panel. The dual function directional pad / control dial is a fast and flexible way to input commands. The remaining buttons all have a short stroke but good tactile feedback and audible clicks.
Canon's painless crossroads-style quick menu is accessible with only a single press of the central func./set button, it contains just about every variable you'll ever need to adjust, all within easy reach. For more detail, the tabbed main menu is opened with the menu button at the lower right corner. Here you'll find more options and more detail, with an interface based on the combination of zoom lever and control dial. The S100's menus are excellent all-around.
Manual & Learning
The S100's included "Getting Started" manual is basic and unhelpful. Most users will want to download the full manual from Canon's website, which we found to be only moderately well-organized. In-camera help is not available, as is often the case with more expensive models.