My saga of searching for a new pocket camera continues and it got a little more complicated now. I have had Canon S95 for a while last year but decided to return it to the store after using it for a couple of weeks. Don’t get me wrong it is great little camera, but it did not offer all that much over my iPhone 4 built-in camera. So I decided to just keep my iPhone as take everywhere pocket camera for the time being.
However I am still searching for this perfect combination of quality lens, full HD movies, manual controls, RAW files etc. Recently on September 1st, 2011 FujiFilm announced their FujiFilm X10, a follow up to their successful FujiFilm X100 (which is almost perfect but way too much for what it offers). FujiFilm X10 was my “wait and see” number one choice ever since… but with today’s Canon announcement of their new S100 I will have to manhandle both cameras to see which one fit my needs better.
If you loved Canon S95, it looks like you seriously consider upgrading to the S100 which is in effect a whole new camera compared to the S95. Almost every key feature has been upgraded or updated, making me really interested in it when it comes to the stores in Canada:
- 24-120mm (equivalent) lens range, F2.0-5.9, built-in neutral density filter
- 12.1 MP 1/1.7″ Canon CMOS sensor
- DIGIC 5 image processor
- ISO 80-6400
- 2.3 fps continuous shooting (9.6 fps for 8 frames in High-Speed burst mode)
- Full HD (1080p24) movie recording; H.264 compression, MOV format
- Super slow motion movie recording (640 x 480 @ 120fps, 320 x 340 @ 240 fps)
- Direct movie record button
- Built-in GPS unit with image tagging and logger functions
So far from the specs list I love the new Built-in GPS unit with image tagging and logger functions, I am excited about the new DIGIC 5 image processor (it is interesting to see it premiering in P&S category first, 1080p full HD and of course larger CMOS censor. S 100 lens is wider and longer as well. In a nutshell, one of these two – either Canon S100 or FujiFilm X10 will be my new pocket / travel camera. Looking forward to reviews in coming months, especially comparing the image quality between Canon S100 or FujiFilm X10. I am really ditching my DSLR with its lens and heavy bag in recently years when on the road. I cannot justify taking all this extra weight with me… Image from dpreview.com