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PowerShot SX100 IS

PowerShot SX100 IS

PowerShot SX100 IS

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Marketed October 2007

The Canon PowerShot SX100 IS, which combines a high-zoom-ratio lens and exceptional operating ease even for novice users, marks the debut model of Canon’s newly introduced PowerShot SX series. In addition to a newly designed 10x optical zoom lens and an 8.0-megapixel CCD sensor, the camera includes a convenient “Face Selector” button that, when pushed, engages the Face Select AF function. The SX100 is available in two body-color variations: light silver and black.

Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 8.0 Megapixels
Image Sensor 1/2.5-inch type CCD (Total number of pixels: Approx. 8.3 megapixels)
Imaging Processor DIGIC III
Lens 10x Optical Zoom Lens with the Lens Shift Type Image Stabilization
6.0 (W)–60 (T) mm (35mm equiv. :  36 (W)–360 (T) mm) f/2.8 (W)–f/4.3 (T)

Digital Zoom Approx. 4.0x (Up to approx. 40x in combination with the optical zoom)

Safety Zoom
Large: 10x, Medium 1: 13x, Medium 2: 16x, Medium 3: 20x, Small: 40x

Digital Tele-converter (35mm equiv.)
1.6x: 57.6 (W)–576 (T) mm   2.0x: 72.0 (W)–720 (T) mm

Focusing Range
・ Normal: 50 cm (1.6 ft.) (W)/1 m (3.3 ft.) (T)–infinity
・ Macro: 1–50 cm (W) (0.4 in.–1.6 ft. (W))
・ Manual focus: 1 cm (0.4 in.) (W)/1 m (3.3 ft.) (T)–infinity
・ Kids&Pets: 1 m (3.3 ft.) –infinity
LCD Monitor Wide Viewing Angle2.5-inch type, TFT color LCD, Approx. 172,000 dots (Picture coverage 100%)
AF System ・ TTL autofocus
・ AF lock and Manual focus are available
・ AF Frame: Face Detect* /Center**

* If no face is detected, center 1-point is used. AF frame can be moved and fixed to specified face.
** Size of AF frame can be selected.

Shutter Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter

Shutter speed
15-1/2500 sec.
・ The shutter speed varies depending on the shooting mode.
・ Slow shutter speeds of 1.3 sec. or slower operate with noise reduction.
Built-in Flash Auto, On, Off
Flash output compensation (±2.0 stops in 1/3-stop increments), Red-Eye Reduction, flash output settings (3 steps), FE Lock, Slow Synchro and Safety FE are available.

Flash Range
Normal: 50 cm–3.0 m (1.6–9.8 ft.) (W), 50 cm–2.0 m (1.6–6.6 ft.) (T) (ISO speed: Auto)
Drive Modes Single Shooting,

Continuous Shooting, Self-timer
Continuous Shooting
・ Approx. 1.3 shots/sec. (Large/Fine mode)
・ Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (Continuous shooting AF/LV)

Activates shutter after an approx. 10-sec./approx. 2-sec. delay, Custom Timer
Exposure Control Exposure Compensation, Metering Methods, ISO Speed

・ Exposure Compensation
±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments

・Metering Methods
Evaluative*, Center-weighted average or Spot
・ISO Speed (Standard Output Sensitivity, Recommended Exposure Index)
Auto**, High ISO Auto**, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600

* When [Face Detect] is selected, the brightness of the face is also evaluated.
** Camera automatically sets the optimal speed.

White Balance Auto, Day Light, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H or Custom
Shooting Modes Auto, Creative zone, Image zone
・Creative zone
Program, Shutter-speed Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual
・Image zone
Portrait,Landscape, Night Snapshot, Kids&Pets, Special Scene*, and Movie**

* Night Scene, Indoor, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Fireworks, Aquarium
** Standard and Compact

Recording Media SD memory card/SDHC memory card/MultiMediaCard/MMCplus card/HC MMCplus card

File Format
Design rule for camera file system and DPOF compliant

Data Type
・Still images
Exif 2.2 (JPEG) * Sound memo: WAVE (monaural)
AVI (Image data: Motion JPEG; Audio data: WAVE (monaural))

* Exif Print is a standard for enhancing the communication between digital cameras and printers. By connecting to an Exif Print-compliant printer, the camera’s image data at the time of shooting is used and optimized, yielding extremely high quality prints.

Compression Superfine, Fine, Normal
Number of Recording Pixels Still Images
・ Large :  3264 x 2448 pixels
・ Medium 1 :  2592 x 1944 pixels
・ Medium 2 :  2048 x 1536 pixels
・ Medium 3/Postcard :  1600 x 1200 pixels
・ Small :  640 x 480 pixels
・ Widescreen :  3264 x 1832 pixels

640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
640 x 480 pixels (30 frames/sec., LP)
320 x 240 pixels (30 frames/sec.)
Recording can continue until the memory card is full* (can record up to a maximum of 4 GB at one time)**
・ Compact (can record for 3 min.)
160 x 120 pixels (15 frames/sec.)

* Using super high-speed memory cards (SDC-512 MSH recommended).
** Even if the clip size has not reached 4 GB, recording will stop at the moment the clip length reaches 1 hour. Depending on the volume and data writing speed of the memory card, recording may stop before reaching 1 hour or before the recorded data volume has reached 4 GB.

Audio Quantization Bit Rate: 8 bit

Sampling Rate
Sound Memos and Movies: 11 kHz
Remote Shooting Shooting possible when connected to a computer using supplied software.
Playback Modes Single (histogram displayable), Index (9 thumbnail images), Magnified (approx. 10x (max.) in LCD monitor, advance or reverse through magnified images possible), Red-Eye Correction, Jump (it is possible to jump to every tenth or hundredth image, to the first image of each shooting date, to movies or to the first image in each folder.), Auto Play, Sound memos (up to 1 min.), Movie (slow motion play back possible) or Resize.
Direct Print PictBridge, Canon Direct print, Bubble Jet Direct
Interface USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B) Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, monaural audio)

Communication Settings

・ ZoomBrowser EX (for Windows OS)
・ ImageBrowser (for Mac OS)
Power Source ・ 2 AA-size alkaline batteries
・ 2 AA-size NiMH batteries NB-3AH (sold separately)
・ AC Adapter Kit ACK800 (sold separately)

Battery Capacity (Fully Charged)
AA-size Alkaline Batteries
・ LCD Monitor On :  Approx. 140 images (Based on the CIPA standard)
・ Playback Time :  Approx. 7 hours
AA-size NiMH Batteries NB-3AH
・ LCD Monitor On :  Approx. 400 images (Based on the CIPA standard)
・ Playback Time :  Approx. 10 hours

Test Conditions
・ Shooting
Normal temperature (23±2°C/73°F±3.6°F), normal relative humidity (50%±20%), alternating wide angle end and telephoto end shots at 30 second intervals with the flash fired once every two shots and the camera power turned off after every tenth shot. Power is left off for a sufficient amount of time, then the power is turned back on and the testing procedure is repeated.
・ Playback
Normal temperature (23°C±2°C/73°F±3.6°F), normal relative humidity (50%±20%), continuous playback at 3 seconds per image.
Operating Temperatures ・ 0–40°C (32–104°F)
・ 0–35°C (32–95°F) when NB-3AH is used.
Operation Humidity 10–90 %
Dimensions (excluding protrusions) 108.7 x 71.4 x 46.7 mm (4.3 x 2.8 x 1.8 in.)
Weight (camera body only) Approx. 265 g (9.4 oz.)