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Canon PowerShot SX100IS Camera: Review

Presented together with the Canon Powershot SD950IS, Canon PowerShot SX100IS is perhaps the most surprising of Canon Powershot has produced lately. It is the first to belong in the SX series and as well as being easy to use for beginners, it is also full manual controls for the more experienced. It has a 10x optical zoom with Image Stabilizer and a 8.0 Megapixel sensor?

The processor is the superb DIGIC III for nothing short of exceptional. Canon PowerShot SX100IS is also equipped with Safety Zoom that makes it possible to use the zoom in all its power, without sacrificing sharpness.

Canon PowerShot SX100IS: Design

The Canon PowerShot SX100IS features an ergonomic design and curved lines, with a comfortable grip on the right side. It has a large 2.5-inch TFT screen with a resolution of 172,000 pixels, but has no viewfinder. The size is 108.7 mm in width, 71.4 mm in height and 46.7 mm in thickness, while the weight is 266 grams net of batteries.

Canon PowerShot SX100IS: Features and Functionality

The Canon PowerShot SX100IS is a new compact digital camera launched recently by the manufacturer and is equipped with advanced features and ergonomic design. The first distinctive feature of this camera is the image sensor, a CCD, 8-megapixel effective resolution and 1/2, 5 inches in size.

A sensor of this quality allows you to capture fine detail and reach a very high photo resolution up to 3,264 x 1,832 pixels. As for the optics, the lens is mounted Canon branded and has a focal length of 6-60 mm, equivalent to 36-360 mm in 35 mm, and a maximum aperture of f2.8-f4.3.

Another impressive feature of the Canon PowerShot SX100IS is definitely the optical zoom can offer well-10x magnification for shots that provide outstanding sharpness of detail. Not missing, then the 4x digital zoom increases the magnification up to a total of 40x.

Moving on, then, functions, the most important one, especially if you are new to photography, is the image stabilizer compensates for the movement to the machine, due to an unsteady hand or the moving subject ensuring sharp pictures at all times.

Canon PowerShot SX100IS
Canon PowerShot SX100IS

At the base of the photo capacity of the machine, there is the DIGIC III image engine, which delivers high performance, better color reproduction and sharp images at high ISO sensitivity. ISAPS, also present, analyzes the shooting scene in question automatically optimizing the camera settings before shooting.

The Canon PowerShot SX100IS also has a very specific function, Face Detection, very useful to get perfect portraits every frame because it can present up to 35 faces within the frame and focus on them in the correct way. Many are also shooting modes, as many as 18, including a creative zone for manual control and Special Scene modes.

Thanks to the My Colors function, you can apply special effects to photos and videos. Prejudice to the latter, the maximum resolution for video clips with audio is 640 x 480 pixels up to 30 frames per second. The camera also offers a high level of sensitivity, from 80 to 1600 ISO, so you can take beautiful pictures even in low light conditions without flash, among other things, the Auto ISO Shift automatically increases the value sensitivity reduces the risk of distortion.

For storing photos and video, the Canon PowerShot SX100IS has a memory of 32 MB, but to have more memory available, simply purchase Secure Digital or MultiMediaCard. The package purchase, finally, includes two AA non-rechargeable alkaline batteries, USB cable and video cable for connection to the computer and the TV, the 32 MB memory card, strap and CD-ROM with software for the transition and management of photos and videos to your computer.


Among the various digital compact recently presented by the manufacturer, the Canon PowerShot SX100IS is certainly among the most interesting, especially for the 8 MP sensor and a 10x optical zoom, perhaps the highest ever in its class and still surprising on a compact. Other features that make it an excellent camera are image stabilizer and face detection. The notes include not exciting the memory is low, excessive weight, and the display that although large, has a resolution improvable.

Where to Buy Canon PowerShot SX100IS

Canon PowerShot SX100IS 8MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black)
  • 8-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 16 x 22-inch prints
  • 10x image-stabilized optical zoom; 2.5-inch LCD display
  • Face Detection technology and in-camera red-eye fix
  • 18 shooting modes, including 7 special scene modes; Print/Share button
  • Powered by 2 AA-size batteries (2 alkaline batteries included); stores images on...
Easy of Use
Value of Money

PROS : Sensor, Image Stabilizer, Optical Zoom, Manual controls; Face detection.

CONS : No viewfinder.

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