Unless you are completely new to photography or you’ve been living under a rock for the past 5 years, it’s safe to say you’ve heard of Canon’s “S” line of cameras. The S90 proved that camera manufactures can make a truly pocketable camera with a large (for a compact) sensor and all of the manual controls that many photographers demand. When the S95 was released, it only brought minor updates to the S90. So, is the S100 another step in the evolution of Canon’s S line or is it more than that?
We raved about the Olympus XZ-1 and we were very impressed with its bigger brother the EPL-2. Indeed, this camera will be undergoing the same review process that big brother did: testing it out as a professional’s camera for leisure use. Additionally, it will be going head to head with the Canon S95 and Leica D-LUX 5. So let’s begin this review.
About two months ago, I got to have personal hands-on fondling time with the Canon G12. Last year, the G11 seemed to be a big winner for them and so Canon has only minimally changed their winning philosophy but has added features that people were asking for before. That said, it is still mostly the same camera. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to put a card into the camera as it was mostly still a very rough prototype. While you’re at it, you may want to see my comparison of the LX-5 vs the S95.