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Canon S100 – My Next Camera?

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Saturday, 17th September, 2011

So I have been pondering for a few weeks, what camera should I get next? Not only that, but I was in the same predicament as the last time; Should I get a compact, a DSLR or a Four Thirds camera? The last time I chose a compact, and got a Sony HX5v. I was pleased with it, it is good quality, has a good zoom, can do good video, and small enough (just) to fit in my jeans pocket. But as I used it more and more, and as time went on, I got into looking at my pics more, and thought that I could get a better quality image with a better camera.

The trade off for me is size vs image quality. I am not a photographer, I use my camera for the blog and for going out, and the usual things a person would. I would love to have a DSLR but I know I would hardly use it, because I don’t want to carry it around with me everywhere.

So then the choice was the upgrade to my camera, the HX9v, the Olympus ZX1, Lumix LX5 or the Canon S95. But those had their problems; I didnt think the HX9v would be too much of an imrpovement and is also slightly bigger; The LX5 and ZX1 are also too big, with the LX5 having a lens cap; The S95 is super slim and great, the image quality is supposed to be great, however the video was poor quality and the zoom only 3.8 or something.

But yesterday Canon announced the successor to the S95, the Canon S100. It seems quite good, it sounds like it is what I am looking for actually. It should be a good quality compact, it is at the high-end,ย with a better zoom at 5x, HD video, 3″ screen, its smaller than my HX5 so will fit into my pocket even easier. It could be the perfect camera for me ๐Ÿ™‚

I don’t like the pop up flash, but it seems as though more and more compacts, especially the high end ones are going this way.ย I don’t like that hand grip either, it makes the camera look a bit cheap and nasty.

What is not perfect of course is the price, which is supposed to be ยฃ430, and I think paying over ยฃ400 for a compact is expensive. If I want to get it when it first comes out I will be forced to pay around the RRP, as with all cameras though I imagine it will come down a little.

The S100 is due to come out in November.


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  1. James Said,

    wait for the fujifil x10 instead. ๐Ÿ™‚

    posted on Monday 19th September, 2011 at 5:00
  2. Michael Said,

    That looks like a good quality camera, but it is too big! The depth is everything, it will never fit into a jean pocket, and it has a lens cap which I hate ๐Ÿ˜›

    Looks like a good camera though ๐Ÿ™‚

    posted on Monday 19th September, 2011 at 21:19