The Canon SX100 IS features a 10x optical zoom, an Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) and an extended grip in a compact point and shoot package. The PowerShot SX100 IS digital camera comes equipped with 19 shooting modes, ranging from fully automatic to fully manual, and easily accessible through an SLR-style mode dial on top of the camera. Shooting modes include Full Auto, Program, Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority and Manual, as well as special scene modes including Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Sports, and Kids & Pets.
Additionally, the PowerShot SX100 IS provides two video recording modes: Standard mode for maximum image quality, and the new 640 LP mode for maximum recording time and reduced file sizes. In either mode, the PowerShot SX100 IS can capture individual movies up to one hour or 4GB per clip, whichever comes first.
The SX100 IS uses 2 AA batteries and accepts MMC cards and SD cards, including the high capacity SDHC cards.
In fact overall the SX100 IS adds up to one of the more competent performers out there in this price bracket, boasting just the sort of shot-to-shot reliability you want when it’s potentially being passed around everyone from little Agnes to Grandma.
Image quality is very good – with excellent colour, with high levels of saturation, contrast and detail. The only image problems were higher than average noise when the ISO setting is raised above ISO200, and higher than average purple fringing.
The big selling point of the Canon Powershot SX100 IS, its compact 10X zoom lens, is quite an achievement. Sharpness is solid with rather good edge-to-edge consistency.
Where to Buy
First off, consider going to your local camera store (and I don’t necessarily mean Wolf Camera at the mall). By going to your local camera store, you’re supporting your community and you just might build a lasting relationship with people you can rely on when you need some help or answers. If you’re buying online, I recommend sticking with Amazon, B&H Photo or Adorama. These three vendors are reliable, trustworthy and generally have the best (legitimate) prices.