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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
Video capture is possible in Full HD 1080p at 24 frames per second, and also at reduced resolutions like 720p and 480p at 30 frames per second. Optical zoom is unlocked while recording, although speed is slowed to reduce mechanical noise. Autofocus is pretty snappy while a recording is in progress, but otherwise no other control access is allowed.
Color accuracy takes a nosedive while shooting video, as it often tends to do. All shades are darker than they should be, and the scene is undersaturated by 16%, which is quite a bit even for less expensive compact cameras. More on how we test video color.
Of all the cameras in our comparison group, the S100 is sharpest while shooting video. We measured 500 lw/ph of detail horizontally and a whopping 625 lw/ph vertically. This might very well be the best score yet from an ultracompact. More on how we test video sharpness.