Canon SX100 IS Review
|Full model name:||Canon PowerShot SX100 IS|
|Sensor size:||1/2.5 inch
(5.8mm x 4.3mm)
|Extended ISO:||80 - 1600|
|Shutter:||1/2500 - 15 seconds|
4.3 x 2.8 x 1.8 in.
(109 x 71 x 46 mm)
|Full specs:||Canon SX100 IS specifications|
The Canon PowerShot SX100 IS couples an eight megapixel CCD imager sensor with an image stabilized zoom lens that offers a 35mm-equivalent focal range of 36 - 360mm - a moderate wide angle to a very useful telephoto. With a total range of 10x optical zoom this is quite a bit more than a compact camera would offer, and the inclusion of a stabilizer should help ensure photos aren't blurred from camera shake at the telephoto end of the zoom. Maximum apertures vary from f/2.8 to f/4.3 across the zoom range. The SX100's sensor yields an ISO range equivalent to 80 to 1600, while shutter speeds from 1/2500 to 15 seconds are possible.
Designed with ease of use in mind, the Canon SX100 IS offers both a range of features that make it approachable to beginners, as well as allowing photographers to exert more control over their photos if desired. For the former category of users, there's a fully automatic mode, and a generous selection of twelve scene modes. For the latter, you'll find manual and aperture / shutter priority exposures possible, plus preset or manual white balance, and four metering modes. A VGA-or-below movie mode captures videos at a maximum of 30 frames per second, for up to one hour (or four gigabytes) per clip.
A USB connection allows easy offload of images from the SD or MMC card to a Mac or PC - specifically, the swifter USB 2.0 High Speed interface type. For users without a computer (or those who like to make quick prints without the hassle of touching their PC), you can bypass the extra step completely and print directly from the PowerShot SX100 IS to a Canon or other PictBridge-enabled printer via the same USB connection.
Though it has a relatively large 2.5 inch LCD, it is a bit of a shame that Canon has not included an optical viewfinder in the Canon SX100 IS' design. Not only can optical viewfinders help save battery life by letting you turn off the LCD display, but they're also useful when ambient light makes it tough to see many LCDs properly. Power comes from two AA batteries, and Canon includes single-use alkaline disposables in the product bundle. Also included is a not-so-generous 16MB MMC Plus card. If you don't already have some, you'll want to purchase some rechargeable batteries and a larger flash card along with the camera.
The Canon PowerShot SX100 IS goes on sale from October 2007, priced at US$299.99.
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