Canon PowerShot S100 in the flesh, first impressions

After months of waiting and asking around, I finally found the Canon S100 that I’ve been looking for. This successor to the Canon S95 may not arrive in the Philippines until 2012 so I’m glad to be able to bring the first unit home.

Been looking for this since the last time I went to Singapore but did not have any luck. I am told that the local launch will still be on the first quarter of 2012 here in the Philippines (exact month still unknown).

Compared to the S95, the Canon S100 is thinner and smaller although I could not feel any difference in the weight between the two.

When the Canon S95 was launched here, the suggested retail price was about Php27,000 so I’m hoping the Canon S100 won’t cost that much.

The orientation of the buttons and controls at the top side are still the same. The shutter button on the S100 is now bigger and the Ring Function button is now gone (transferred to the back beside the LCD display). While the finish on the S95 is somewhat smooth, the one on the S100 is rougher (much like cast iron or sand-paper finish).

Up at the front, there’s a long strip of thin rubber on the right side of the lens barrel which is for the hand-grip. A dedicated button for video recording is now incorporated into the camera. Haven’t really used the features and functions a lot but so far, I am liking it much.

Canon Powershot S100 specs:
12.1MP CMOS sensor
1/1.7″ sensor size
Digic 5 processor
ISO 80 – 6400
24–120 mm focal length
5x optical zoom
4x digital zoom
3″ LCD display
f/2.0 – f/5.9 aperture
1/2,000 – 15s shutter speed
Built-in flash
2.3fps continuous shoot
1080p video recording at 24fps
RAW + JPEG file format
HF-DC2 High-Power Flash (optional)
Built-in GPS

What I didn’t like about it is that Canon also changed the battery so you can’t use the one on the S95 for the S100.

The price in Kuala Lumpur is in the RM1,500 range but was able to haggle for just RM1,360 or Php18,800 (comes with a leather pouch too).

Am excited to take this for a one-on-one with the S95. Sample photos and full review to follow.

Disclosure: Canon Printers is an advertiser on this blog. The Canon S100 was bought by YugaTech’s own personal funds during his visit to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this week.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

15 Responses

  1. Avatar for Porn stars Porn stars says:

    I’m gone to convey my little brother, that he should also pay a visit this blog on regular basis to get updated from latest news update.

  2. Avatar for marilyn marilyn says:

    if your wanting one s100 go to Trinoma mall canon store they are selling it now….

  3. Avatar for shaz shaz says:

    wow! i’m looking forward sa additional blog review for s100. benta mo nlng s95 mo. i wanna have s95 hehe. alin maganda sa 3? s100, s95 or panasonic lx5?

  4. Avatar for Jose Farrugia Jose Farrugia says:

    I called up Canon Manila and Canon Singapore (HQ of SEA Canon) and they didn’t have any answer for me in regards to the launch of the Canon S100 in the Philippines. However, with what you said, I am hoping they’ll release it pretty soon! I have seen sample video footage from the camera and it’s vivid and great in low-light.

  5. Avatar for Jp Jp says:

    May I have your s95? I want to have my own camera

  6. Avatar for Greg Greg says:

    “This successor to the Canon S95 may not arrive in the Philippines until 2012 so I’m glad to be able to bring the first unit home.”

    No offense Sir Yuga, but to claim that you’re the one to bring the first unit home is a bit questionable. If the S100 is commercially available in KL, then there is a chance that someone (OFW? Traveler?) may have also brought home a unit here in the Philippines. Just saying my thoughts.

  7. Avatar for tramway tramway says:

    just want to verify.. can you zoom and do manual exposure when capturing videos? thanks.

  8. Avatar for Angel Angel says:


  9. Avatar for Ben Ben says:

    I’ve been hounding for this camera too. Its out of stock almost everywhere. Luckily i’m heading to malaysia this weekend! Can you give me the address (and contact details) of the place where you got the camera? =)

  10. Avatar for el toro bumingo el toro bumingo says:

    I love Canon cameras! Could you please compare the Canon EOS 1100D to it’s closest rival Nikon? Thanks!

  11. Avatar for jonaflormicfren jonaflormicfren says:

    Canon still has the best picture.

  12. Avatar for JoLas JoLas says:

    You should also include comparison with the best selling Panasonic Lumix LX5….

  13. Avatar for Mikhail Mikhail says:

    Not enough reasons to upgrade from S95. Anyway, we look forward to your S100 vs S95 review.

  14. Avatar for Rhynax Rhynax says:

    Looking forward to your review. Read in Gizmodo that it eats up a lot of battery. Some say it is because of the GPS. Would the GPS be usable here in Manila?

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