The Canon PowerShot series of point-and-shoot digital cameras has been running strong for fifteen years. Why stop now? That’s Canon’s thinking, as evidenced by their latest release, the Canon PowerShot S100 ($430). On top of its compactness and versatility, the S100 boasts a new f/2.0 lens and the newly improved HS System, a high level sensor with Canon DIGIC 5 processing that beefs up shot speed and enhances image quality in myriad conditions. DIGIC 5 has the remarkable ability to process four times more image data to form each pixel, resulting in more detail and color. Other standard goodies? How about 24mm ultra wide-angle, 5.0x optical zoom, image stabilizing, GPS capability to record time and location, full HD 1080p movie capability and a Kirstie Alley mimicking 26.7mm svelte body. For those of you photogs who also happen to be control freaks, you can go full manual (photography, that is) and shoot in RAW, too and utilize it fully compatible with Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software. Now you have no excuse. Get out there and do more than just capture screenshots of your latest Deus Ex: Human Revolution conquests.
Price: $430 (November)