Canon PowerShot N100 Review

Review posted 08/12/2014

Quick Take
  • High image quality thanks to its large 1/1.7" image sensor
  • Burst mode does not slow or have shot limit
  • Selfie fans will like dual-lens capture modes
  • Auto focus is fast and accurate
  • Very good battery life
  • High-resolution LCD
  • Touch screen navigation works very well
  • Album playback is attractive
  • Flash is bright for its size
  • Flash recycles quickly
  • Wi-Fi setup is easy
  • Dedicated Wi-Fi button
  • NFC compatibility
  • 5x zoom power is modest
  • 3.2fps burst mode is not lightning quick
  • No high-speed burst modes
  • In-camera editing is limited
  • Smart shutter features can be unresponsive
  • No burst shooting with flash
  • USB cable not included
  • Body is a little bulky
Bottom Line
The N100 has a lot to offer, including Wi-Fi, fast autofocus, the innovative Creative Shot mode, and a rear lens that enables the dual capture of a selfie and the scenery - as stills or video. The high-resolution screen and artsy playback features sweeten the deal, as do the elegantly implemented touch screen functions. But if you want lightning-quick burst shooting or a powerful zoom lens, you'll have to look elsewhere. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
Borrowing from the PowerShot N from 2013, Canon announced the PowerShot N100 at CES 2014. It features a 5x optical zoom, a 24mm wide-angle f/1.8 lens, a 12.1-megapixel high sensitivity (HS) CMOS image sensor, their DIGIC 6 image processor, and full 1080p HD video recording (with a dedicated movie record button).

But wait, there's more...

Dual Capture Mode utilizes the included rear-facing "Story Camera" to create a picture-in-picture effect of not only the photograph subject, but also the person taking said photograph. Story Highlights Mode "creates a highlight reel of selected images or movie digest clips" to build a two to five minute movie automatically selected from the movies and/or videos taken at one specific event (hand picked events, dates taken, or even by Face ID).

The N100 also boasts 46 new Filter Effects, including HDR (High Dynamic Range) effects and Creative Shot Mode, which divides the filters into four categories: Retro, Monochrome, Special, and Natural. The other cool thing about Creative Shot Mode is that after you take a photo, this mode "automatically renders five different variations of the shot", to give you options, while retaining the original version.

With "enhanced" Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication) technologies, the N100 uses the Mobile Device Connect Button to pair with Android or iOS smartphones and tablets. From there, assuming you're running the Canon Camera Window app, it's easy to connect with computers, back up images on the cloud, or use your iOS or Android device as a remote control / remote display.

Canon PowerShot N100 features:
  • 12.1-megapixel HS CMOS image sensor
  • 5x optical zoom lens, covers 24 - 120mm
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • DIGIC 6 processor
  • Full 1080p HD video recording
  • New Dual Capture Mode
    • Secondary rear facing camera, records the photographer and subject
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC
  • 3.0-inch tilting, touchscreen LCD (capacitive)
  • Dedicated movie record button
  • Intelligent IS System
  • Story Highlight Mode
  • Creative Shot Mode (with 4 new filter categories)
    • Retro
    • Monochrome
    • Special
    • Natural

The PowerShot N100 comes in White or Black, with a MSRP of $349.99. See our best price box at the top right of this page to see current online pricing.

What's in the box?:

  • Canon PowerShot N100 camera body
  • AC battery charger
  • Li-ion battery pack
  • Wrist strap

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