Canon Powershot SD100 Review

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Canon Powershot SD100

Features & Controls

Canon Powershot SD100 Digital ELPH

The SD100 features a 2X (35-70mm in the 35mm format) f/2.8-3.9 all-glass aspherical zoom lens. When the camera is powered down the lens is retracted inside of the body and a built in shutter closes to completely protect the lens.

An advanced TTL AiAF nine-point autofocus system permits the camera to automatically select the primary subject even when off-center. Focusing range is 1.5 feet to infinity in normal mode and macro coverage is 4 to 18 inches in wide angle and 9 to 18 inches in telephoto.

Canon Powershot SD100 Digital ELPH

The autofocus is light-assisted and works properly even in the dark. The illuminator also functions as the selftimer indicator.

Canon Powershot SD100 Digital ELPH

The built in flash offers Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Reduction and Slow-Synchro modes. Flash range is 1.6 to 9.8 ft. in wide angle, 1.6 to 6.6 ft. in telephoto or 11 in. to 18 in. in macro mode (with ISO set to Auto.) The focus-assist lamp also serves as the red-eye reduction lamp.

Canon Powershot SD100 Digital ELPH

You can frame your pictures with the color LCD or to save precious battery power you can use the optical eyelevel finder. This is a coupled viewfinder with approx. 82% coverage. It has no dioptric adjustment. Next to the finder are two LEDs that indicate the flash and focus status.

Canon Powershot SD100 Digital ELPH

Controls on the top include the Power On/Off button, the shutter release button and the zoom lens control around the shutter release. The zoom lens control also functions as the magnify and index buttons in playback mode.

Canon Powershot SD100 Digital ELPH

Controls on the rear: In the upper right is the Mode Dial with positions for Movie, Manual, Automatic and Playback. The 4-way controller lets you navigate menus and select images during playback. In record mode you press "Up" to change metering mode, press "Right" to change flash modes, press "Down" to change the drive mode and press "Left" to change the focus mode. Buttons under the LCD (left to right); the SET button accepts menu selections, the MENU button calls up and dismisses the menus, the DISPlay button turns the color LCD on/off and controls the amount of data displayed on it, the FUNCtion button gives you access to many settings (Exposure compensation, white balance, ISO, Color effects, image quality and image size.), it also functions as the image delete button in playback mode.

See the next page for a description of the Record mode menus.

Canon Powershot SD100 Digital ELPH

The DIGITAL port connects USB to the computer for image download and camera control with the supplied RemoteCapture software. The AV Out handles monaural audio and the video signal can be connected to your TV set with the supplied cables.

Canon Powershot SD100 Digital ELPH

The SD100 is the first Canon Powershot camera to be equipped with a Secure Digital (SD) card slot and comes with a 16MB SD card. It can handle any capacity SD card.

Approximate Storage Capacity

Menu Selection File Size
8MB 16MB 128MB
Large / SuperFine 1,602 2,048 x 1,536 3 8 76
Large / Fine 893 2,048 x 1,536 6 15 136
Large / Normal 445 2,048 x 1,536 13 30 269
Medium 1/ SuperFine 1,002 1,600 x 1,200 5 13 121
Medium 1/ Fine 558 1,600 x 1,200 11 24 216
Medium 1/ Normal 278 1,600 x 1,200 22 46 411
Medium 2/ SuperFine 570 1,024 x 768 10 23 211
Medium 2/ Fine 320 1,024 x 768 19 41 372
Medium 2/ Normal 170 1,024 x 768 35 73 651
Small / SuperFine 249 640 x 480 24 51 460
Small / Fine 150 640 x 480 40 80 711
Small / Normal 84 640 x 480 67 126 1,117

Canon Powershot SD100 Digital ELPH

The SD100 comes with a Canon NB-3L 3.7v 790mAh lithium rechargeable battery pack. Canon claims a fully charged battery can record 180 shots with the LCD on or 480 shots with it off and a replay time of approx. 150 minutes.

The supplied 100-240V CB-2LU 2-hour rapid charger (in N. America) plugs directly in the wall socket and charges the battery "out of the camera" which is very handy if you have a second battery (highly recommended.)

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