Canon SX100 IS Review

Canon SX100 IS Review

Canon does not offer an optional underwater housing or converter for the 8-megapixel PowerShot SX100 IS, but uses a 10x zoom 36-360 mm (equivalent to KB). In addition to the built-in optical image stabilisation, the Auto ISO Shift mode, which can be activated with a separate button, automatically increases the preset sensitivity value up to the limit of 1,600 ISO in poor lighting conditions in order to minimise the risk of camera shake due to a sufficiently short exposure time. Manual intervention options are also available with automatic aperture and time control as well as preselection of both parameters. For more precise focusing, the focus fields can be reduced to a quarter of the area. The camera detects up to 35 faces simultaneously and also allows manual selection. Thus the point of focus is fixed and adjusted on the selected face during subsequent pans or movements. Due to the lack of an optical viewfinder, you have to rely on the 2.5″ monitor for the image design, but with a resolution of 172,000 pixels it only has a moderate resolution. The PowerShot SX100IS is expected to be available from October 2007 and will cost around 310 EUR.


Canon PowerShot SX100 IS Datasheet


Sensor CCD sensor 1/2.5″ 5.8 x 4.3 mm (crop factor 6.0
)8.0 megapixels (effective)
Pixel pitch 1.8 µm
Photo resolution
3.264 x 2.448 pixels (4:3)
2.592 x 1.944 pixels (4:3)
2.048 x 1.536 pixels (4:3)
1.600 x 1.200 pixels (4:3)
640 x 480 pixels (4:3)
Picture formats JPG
Color depth Not available
Metadata Exif (Version 2), DCF standard
Video resolution
640 x 480 (4:3) 30 p
320 x 240 (4:3) 30 p
160 x 120 (4:3) 30 p
Maximum recording time 1 min
Video format
AVI (Codec n.a.)
Audio format (video) WAV


Focal length 36 to 360 mm (35mm equivalent
)10x ZoomDigital zoom
Apertures F2.8 (wide-angle
)F4.3 (telephoto)
Autofocus yes
Autofocus Functions Single AF, Continuous AF, Manual, AF Assist Light

Viewfinder and Monitor

Monitor 2.5″ TFT LCD monitor with 173,000 pixels


Exposure metering Center-weighted integral measurement, spot measurement, AF-AE coupling
, special features: Multi-field measurement
Exposure times 1/2,500 to 15 s (automatic)
Exposure control Program automatic, Aperture automatic, Time automatic, Manual
Exposure compensation -2.0 to +2.0 EV with step size of 1/3 EV
Sensitivity to light ISO automatic 80ISO
80 to ISO 1.600 (manual)
Remote access non-existent
Scene modes Fireworks, indoor shooting, children, landscape, foliage, night scene, night auto, portrait, beach/snow, 0 more scene modes
Picture effects Individual Color, Strong, Neutral, Black & White
White balance Automatic, Cloudy, Sun, Fluorescent lamp with 2 presets, Incandescent light, Manual
Continuous shooting 1.3 fps at highest resolution, 0.8 fps until space is exhausted
Self-timer Self-timer at intervals of 2 s, special features: or 10 s (optional)


Flash built-in flash
Flash range 0.5 to 3.0 m at wide-angle0
.5 to 2.0 m at telephoto flash range
at ISO auto
Flash functions Auto, Fill-in flash, Flash on, Flash off, Red-eye reduction


Image stabilizer Lens-Shift (optical)
Multi Media Card
Power supply Power supply connection
Power supply 2 x AA (standard battery
)2 x AA (standard battery)
Playback Functions Image index
Voice memo Voice memo (WAV format)
Ports Data interfaces: USB USB Type
: USB 2.0 High Speed Video Output
: yes (HDMI Output Micro (Type D))
Supported direct printing methods PictBridge
Tripod socket 1/4″
Features and Miscellaneous DIGIC III with iSAPS technology

Size and weight

Weight 286 g (operational)
Dimensions W x H x D 109 x 71 x 47 mm


included accessories Standard batteries32
MByte removable memory cardUSB connection cableCarrying strapCamera softwareZoomBrowser EX / ImageBrowser for Windows and for MacintoshPanorama software
PhotoStitch for Windows and for MacintoshTwain
driver for Windows
USB 2.0 High Speed


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