Canon PowerShot S100

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What size camera is right for you?

img_1351It is a truism in photography that the best camera is the one you have with you. In that spirit, whenever I’m asked for advice on what new camera someone should buy, I try to figure out not just their budget and needs, but how much camera they’re really likely to be willing to carry around. For many, it isn’t obvious what they gain by “trading-up” to a larger, heavier, and more-expensive model. While it is always dangerous to generalize, there are certain rules of thumb about the pros and cons of various types of current-model digital cameras. We’ll help you sort through your options…


Canon PowerShot S100 for $249: Maybe the best point and shoot value ever!

B&H has just dropped the price on the excellent Canon PowerShot S100 to $249. This is about half of the camera’s original price, and $60 less than the bargain price I paid for one just last month. Personally, I prefer it to the much more expensive Canon PowerShot S110 because it has built-in GPS (and is much less expensive as well). If you don’t know what to get for a last minute Holiday gift, this is a no-brainer. I’m tempted to buy another one “just in case.” The deal is live now at this B&H link. -- With B&H's FREE Overnight Shipping, you can even have it for Christmas at that price.

Pocket point and shoot championship faceoff: Canon PowerShot S100 versus Canon PowerShot S110

canon powershot s100 and canon powershot s110 side by side comparisonIf you’re looking for a Black Friday electronics purchase and don’t need a big-screen TV, it might be worth considering an upgrade to your point and shoot. As far as cameras small enough to fit in your shirt pocket, no one makes them better than Canon. Canon has just updated the amazing Canon PowerShot S100 to the Canon PowerShot S110. We did a side by side comparison of the two to give you a perspective on whether it is worth the price for the newer model or you should take advantage of the great deals on the slightly older S100. Read more »

A tale of two different approaches to WiFi: Canon PowerShot S110 and Nikon WU-1b for the Nikon D600

I happen to have just gotten Nikon’s new WU-1b WiFi adapter for my Nikon D600, and a Canon PowerShot S110 with WiFi for review, so it was a great opportunity to compare and contrast the two company’s approach to their newest WiFi solutions. Initially I expected the two devices to have very similar features, but as I explored them both I realized that the two were almost completely different in their functionality. Which approach you prefer will have a lot to do with your shooting style… Read more »

Field Test of the Sony RX100: Is it enough to make you ditch your DSLR?

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Digital Camera (Black)After weeks of shooting in Alaska with a 3 pound Nikon D4, 8 pound telephoto lens, and 6 pounds of carbon fiber tripod, I was more than ready to review the new Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100. At 8-1/2 ounces, the Sony barely even registers on a travel scale. It is a little larger than my current favorite point and shoot, the Canon PowerShot S100, but certainly still qualifies as pocket-sized. I’ve never been a big fan of Sony’s point and shoots, although I do like some of their mirrorless models, but after the New York Times called the Sony RX100 the “world’s best point and shoot” I had to give it a look… Read more »