The ultra-wide 5x optical zoom lens has a 35mm equivalent of 24-120mm and a maximum aperture of f/2.0 at the wide end. This allows the camera to perform extremely well in low-light conditions. Also assisting you in clear, blur-free images is the optical image stabilization system and HS system. These two features help to stabilize the camera, reduce image noise and increase the accuracy of the white balance function among other things. When the camera is powered down, the lens retracts into the camera for protection as a lens cover slides over the end. A dial around the lens gives you control over a single camera function by turning it left or right. By default, it gives you control over the zoom, much like a dSLR.
Normal AF: 2.0 in. (5 cm) - infinity (W), 12 in. (30 cm) - infinity (T)
Macro: 1.2 in. (3 cm) - 1.6 ft. (50 cm) (W), 12 in. (30 cm) - 1.6 ft. (50 cm) (T)
Popping out of the top of the S100 is a small TTL flash unit with a range of up to 23ft. at the wide end. It operates in the following modes: Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE and Slow Synchro.
On top of the camera you see the simple set of controls with the power button, shutter release toggled with the zoom control and the mode dial to the far right. To the very left is the pop-up flash still inside the camera (above the camera name).
Framing and viewing your images is accomplished on the 3.0-inch, 461,000 dot LCD screen. With 5 levels of brightness, the screen can easily be adjusted to be seen in any lighting conditions.
Controls on the back: at the top right you can see the small built-in speaker.The first button we see is the RING FUNC. button which allows you to set the function for the ring around the lens. To it's right is the dedicated video recording button. Next is the 4-way controller. In record mode you press 'Up' to change exposure compensation (jump menu in playback), press 'Right' to change flash modes, press 'Down' to choose your DISP mode, and press 'Left' to change the focus mode. In the center is the FUNC./SET button, which accepts menu selections as well as gives you access to the Function shortcut menu. Mounted around the 4-way controller is the Control dial. This handy dial allows you to quickly navigate the menu, set aperture and shutter speed values, etc. The Play button is used for entering review or playback mode. Pressing and holding this button while the camera is off will enter the playback system. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the main menu system.
Located on the right hand side of the camera are I/O (Input/Output) ports. At the top is a combination mini-B jack that handles both the standard definition (SD) audio/video output and USB 2.0 (high-speed) connectivity. Below it is a mini HDMI port for connecting the S100 directly to a HDTV using the optional HDMI cable.
Equipped with a SD card slot, the S100 is capable of handling SD/SDHC/SDXC and Eye-Fi memory cards. The camera is shown here with the PNY Pro 8GB SDHC memory card that will be used in the camera's tests.
Powering the S100 is a 3.7V, 1120mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. With a higher capacity than most PowerShot digicams, the increased power used by the camera, keeps it a approx. 200 images on a single charge. Also included is a compact quick charger that can be used just about anywhere.