Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS
At the heart of the Canon PowerShot ELPH 100 HS’ design lies a 1/2.3″-type, 12.1-megapixel backside illuminated CMOS image sensor, which in concert with a DIGIC 4 image processor provides ISO sensitivities ranges between 100 and 3,200 equivalents. A 4x optical zoom lens surrounded by silver trim dominates the front of the ELPH 100 HS, and has a 35mm-equivalent range of 28mm to 112mm, which equates to everything from a useful wide-angle to a moderate telephoto. Maximum aperture varies from f/2.8 to f/5.9 across the zoom range. Canon has included a true optical image stabilization system in the PowerShot ELPH 100 HS, which combats blur from camera shake.
The PowerShot 100 HS lacks any form of optical or electronic viewfinder, with all interaction taking place through its rear-panel PureColor II G LCD display. The ELPH 100HS’s display measures 3.0 inches diagonally, and offers 230,000 dot resolution, which equates to roughly a 320 x 240 pixel array, with each pixel comprising separate red, green, and blue dots. LCD coverage is said to be approximately 100%. As well as still images at resolutions up to 4,000 x 3,000 pixels, the PowerShot 100HS can record high definition movie clips at up to Full HD (aka 1080p, or 1,920 x 1,080 pixels) resolution, with a rate of 24 frames per second at the highest resolution, and 30 frames per second at 720p (1,280 x 720 pixels) or below. Movies are stored with H.264 compression in a .MOV container, and include monaural Linear PCM audio.
Exposures are calculated using the PowerShot ELPH 100HS’s evaluative metering system, which also offers center-weighted average and spot modes. No manual control over the look of images is provided, with the ELPH 100 HS instead providing a choice of Smart Auto, Program Auto, and a selection of scene modes. Seven white balance modes are available, including Auto, five presets, and manual. The Canon 100 HS has a four mode flash strobe with a range of 30cm to 4m at wide-angle, or 50cm to 2m at telephoto.
The Canon 100HS stores images and movies on Secure Digital, SDHC, or SDXC cards. Connectivity options include NTSC / PAL standard definition composite and HDMI high definition video, plus USB 2.0 High Speed data. Power comes courtesy of a proprietary NB-4L lithium-ion rechargeable battery, rated as good for a battery life of 230 shots.
The Canon PowerShot ELPH 100HS ships from March 2011 in the US market, with a starting price of $200, the same as that of the model it replaces, the SD1300 IS.