Canon Powershot ELPH 100 HS Review

Review posted 3/21/2011

Quick Take
  • Slim and stylish body available in 5 colors: Blue, Orange, Pink, Silver, Gray
  • Mostly metal construction
  • Captures pleasing 12-megapixel images
  • Robust shooting performance
  • Offers a plethora of easy to use exposure options for both stills and video
  • Unmatched high ISO performance from a camera of this size and price
  • Good battery life
  • Awesome value
  • Records nice Full HD video (1080p @ 24fps)
  • Flash is quite weak (which is to be expected from a camera this small)
  • The standard burst mode didn't live up to Canon's claim of 3.4fps
  • Optical zoom can not be used while recording a video
Bottom Line
Canon has set the tone in the sub $200 category with an ultra-compact camera that is loaded with useful settings, offers appealing specifications, and delivers excellent photos in a wide variety of settings. Not to mention it boasts some excellent High ISO performance. All for just $199 US or less. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Underneath the PowerShot ELPH 500 HS and the 300 HS, the Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS is the entry-level model to the 2011 ELPH lineup. The ELPH 100 HS offers a 12.1-Megapixel CMOS image sensor as well as a 3.0-inch LCD screen. The wide angle 28mm equivalent lens has a 4x optical zoom as well. Similar to the other models in the series, the HS System allows for pictures in low light situations without the use of the flash, thanks to usable ISO capabilities up to ISO 3200.

Other features of the PowerShot EPLH 100 HS include 1080p HD video recording with a Movie Digest mode to capture a stream of short videos into a single clip. It also comes equipped with Smart AUTO for automatically adjusting focus, exposure and subject detection.

Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS key features include:
  • 12.1-Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor
  • 4x optical zoom covers 28 - 112mm equivalent range
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Fast f/2.8 maximum aperture
  • 3.0-inch PureColor System LCD
  • 1080p Video recording
  • Smart AUTO (Face detection, focus, exposure)
  • High-speed Burst Mode captures 8.2fps
  • Smart Auto, Program mode and 24 Scene settings
  • New Movie Digest Mode
  • Li-ion battery pack (up to 230 shots)
  • Comes in 5 colors (Blue, Silver, Grey, Pink and Orange)
  • HDMI output
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, Eye-Fi compliant

The Canon Powershot ELPH 100 HS comes in five colors (Blue, Orange, Pink, Silver, and Gray) with a suggested retail price of $199.99 US.

What's in the box?:
  • PowerShot ELPH 100 HS Body
  • Battery Pack NB-4L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LV
  • Wrist Strap WS-DC11
  • AV Cable AVC-400
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM

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