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Canon PowerShot S100 Digital ELPH

Canon packs 2 megapixels and a 2x optical zoom into the "smallest digicam on the planet!"

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Page 1:Intro and Highlights

Review First Posted: 6/20/2000

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True 2 megapixel sensor for 1600 x 1200 pixel images
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True 2x optical zoom lens
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(Incredibly!) tiny body, smallest currently on the market
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Rugged all-metal construction, auto lens cover

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Manufacturer Overview
Canon has long been a leader in the film-based photography world, and has developed a solid line of digital cameras as well. About a year and a half (this is being written in June, 2000), their PowerShot Pro70 introduced exceptional image quality and many "studio-friendly" features at the 1.7 megapixel level. Subsequently, they made waves with a series of digicams in exceptionally compact metal bodies, echoing the style of their wildly popular "ELPH" film cameras. Their latest though, is both the most compact (by far!), and the only one so far to bear the coveted "ELPH" name. Literally smaller in height and width than a standard playing card, the Digital ELPH packs a considerable "Wow!" factor, and is easy to just stick in a pocket and bring anywhere. (The exceptionally rugged all-metal body and retracting lens with built-in protective cover further encourage a casual approach and handling.)


Highlights
  • 2.1 megapixel CCD delivering 1600 x 1200 and 640 x 480 resolution images
  • Both optical and 1.5 inch color LCD viewfinders
  • Canon 5.4 to 10.8 mm zoom lens (35 to 70 mm equivalent) with f/2.8 - f/4.0 maximum aperture
  • 2x and 4x digital telephoto
  • Shutter speed from one to 1/1,500 seconds
  • Sensitivity equivalent to ISO 100
  • Built-in flash with five operating modes
  • Five user-selectable white balance settings
  • Three image quality recording modes in JPEG format
  • CompactFlash type I image storage with an 8MB card included
  • USB and NTSC video cables included
  • Power via Canon NB-1L battery pack

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