New Canon PowerShot S100 compact digital camera features newly designed lens, Canon CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5

Press Release

PowerShot S100

November 10, 2011

TOKYO, November 10, 2011—Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. today announced the introduction in Japan of the new PowerShot S100 compact digital camera. Incorporating such features as a newly designed lens, Canon’s proprietary CMOS sensor technology and Canon’s new DIGIC 5 image processor, the S100 achieves the next level in image quality, realizing improved low-noise, high-sensitivity imaging performance and enhanced white-balance precision.

The new Canon PowerShot S100 delivers improved image quality and performance compared with its predecessor, the S95, released in August 2010, to satisfy users seeking a compact, high-performance camera. The S100’s newly designed bright f/2.0 aperture, 24 mm*1 5x optical zoom lens enables faster shutter speeds than those offered by conventional lenses and, working together with the HS System, delivers superior imaging even in low-light settings. The camera’s compact optical system features high-refractive-index, high-dispersion optical materials, and incorporates a double-sided UA (Ultra high refractive index Aspherical) lens that effectively corrects for a range of aberrations. The lens configuration measures only 22.1 mm across, enabling it to be contained within the area of a ten yen coin when the power is switched off and the lens is retracted. In addition to achieving improvements in wide-angle coverage and zoom range, the S100 has a svelte body design measuring approximately 2.8 mm thinner than the preceding model.

Inheriting advanced technologies cultivated for the EOS Digital series of digital SLR cameras, the PowerShot S100’s newly developed 1/1.7-inch 12.1-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor realizes low-noise results even in unfavorable lighting. Compared with a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with the same pixel count, each pixel in the new CMOS sensor offers a light-capturing surface area that is approximately 44 percent larger, enabling the efficient use of light even in low-light conditions.

Further contributing to enhanced image quality and performance, the PowerShot S100 incorporates Canon’s newest image processor, DIGIC 5, which features a new noise-reducing algorithm. Compared with the DIGIC 4, the new DIGIC 5 processes approximately four times the amount of information at approximately six times the processing speed, and is capable of eliminating low-frequency (color) noise. Incorporating the HS System, which combines the newly developed high-sensitivity CMOS sensor with the new DIGIC 5 image processor, the S100 achieves a one-fourth*2 reduction in the occurrence of noise compared with its predecessor. The HS System delivers not only enhanced high-sensitivity performance, but also a normal ISO range that has been expanded up to ISO6400 for even more beautiful results when shooting in low-light settings. Additionally, the Multi-area White Balance function enables optimal white balance performance even when shooting with a flash or when capturing images in areas illuminated by mercury-vapor lighting.

The new Canon PowerShot S100 offers an Intelligent IS (Image Stabilization) function, which automatically selects optimal image stabilization settings based on the shooting situation, such as during normal conditions, macro shooting and when using a tripod. Combining Intelligent IS with the Smart Auto function, the camera automatically detects and applies the optimal camera and image processing settings based on up to 78 different shooting scenes.

The Canon PowerShot S100 comes equipped with a built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) antenna, which enables the camera to automatically receive GPS satellite signals and record the information on Exif data. Additionally, a logger function determines positioning at regular intervals, saving each day’s location data in a single file. When used in conjunction with software that comes with the camera and Internet map information, users can easily track their day-to-day travel progress. Other basic features include Full HD 1,980 x 1,080 video recording at 24 frames per second with stereo sound, and a Smart Movie function that, when combined with Intelligent IS, automatically applies the optimal video settings based on up to 69 shooting scenes. In addition to a convenient control ring allowing users to quickly change camera settings, the S100 features a simple, refined body design with a lightweight, durable aluminum cover available in silver and black body colors.

The Canon PowerShot S100 will be available in Japan from early December 2011 at an open price. Canon has set initial production at 100,000 units per month.

*1 35 mm film equivalent

*2 When shooting at ISO1600. Equivalent to the level of noise generated by the previous model at ISO400 (based on Canon measurement methods)

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