Canon PowerShot SX100 IS Discussion
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I have canon sx100 digital camera and I can say that it is really best camera between it's level. Attachments:.


Comment #1

Does this camera have a hidden feature of extended zoom (beyond 10x) without going into digital zoom? I seem to remember reading about a few cameras that accomplished extended zoom range by dropping pixels in the perimeter. Thus a 8MP camera at 10x becomes a 12x optical zoom at 6MP, and a 15x optical zoom at 3MP, or something like that...

Comment #2

Yes... You set the lower resolution and after you reach the end of optical zoom and enter "digital" the color of the zoom bar on the lcd screen shows as yellow for no degradation, and then blue for degradation (ie you are exceeding the safety zoom range and the image will be suffer) See page 63 of the pdf manual, "Safety Zoom Zone" Eg at vga (640x480) you can go all the way up to x40..

Comment #3

Why is it that I can take the exact same picture indoors using automatic mode and then the manual mode settings being the same, and the picture I took with manual setting is always under exposed compared to the picture I took with the auto mode? In other words, I set the camera to the manual mode and use the same settings that was used when with the auto mode to take the same picture, and the pictures comes out dark? It must be that there is some setting that I am missing?..

Comment #4

Is this camera good in low-light situations (places where flash is not allowed) and is it good with moving objects? Thanks..

Comment #5

The camera is a canon sx100 IS (image stabilization). It seems to be good in low light situations where the flash is not allowed, but I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed when I bought this camera because it does not seem to be too good in low light when the flash IS required. The camera seems to be good with fast shutter...

Comment #6

", I was a bit disappointed when I bought this camera because it does not seem to be too good in low light when the flash IS required." ...runs on 2 AA batteries, right?..

Comment #7

Right. It run on only 2 AA batteries, not 4. Maybe that's the problem?..

Comment #8

Recommended a Powershot IS100 to my girlfriend as I have had good experiences of Canon things. During the first weekend it used 4 sets of batteries to take 270 pictures!! Now she thinks I am a chimp. Is it faulty?? Appreciate your advice.....

Comment #9

What kind of batteries? How many flash shots? How much time spent using the LCD and zoom? At what ambient temperature? Canon claims 400 shots on one set of high-capacity NiMH batteries, with 50% of those shots using the flash, using standardized CIPA testing methodology documented here:

Comment #10

4 sets of batteries used in a day and a half and less than 200 pictures (mostly not flash). Now trying 2300mA/H batteries. Does anyone recomend Canon's OEM battery and charger???..

Comment #11

Try buying 2700 or 2900maH rated batteries and a good charger that can charge individual cells Remember normal nimh batteries lose charge each day, a couple of percent, so charge the night before using or buy the lower rated (but very slow to self discharge) Enloops, they can keep over 70% of their power even after sitting around for a year...

Comment #12

I just bought the sx100 and found the flash recycle time VERY long. Is this normal or is there any setting that I can change to fix this?..

Comment #13

I bought sx 100, but 16 MB memory card is ve...ry small,.

I'm going to buy 2GB Kingston or Sundisk card how fast should it be ?

Read-8/write-6 mb/s is enough for video-mode? (standard card has 2 mb/s)..

Comment #14


      I have the same model and was very disappointed with the battery appetite. Armed with the test results of a rechargeable battery article in Outdoor Photographer (I think you can still Google it) MaHA Batteries were rated quite high. I purchased them from a company called Thompson Distributors (I think). They gave excellent service. I believe the websites are: and If you are unable to locate them from the feeble info I provided you, e-mail me and I'll hunt it down for you.

Jack Cascio. If you e-mail me make sure you put maha batteries in the subject line, otherwise I'll automatically delete it...

Comment #15

How can I check the battery level through LCD screen on CANON POWER SHOT SX 100 IS..

Comment #16

Please your advice.. I found 2 interesting cameras: The panasonic TZ3 and this Canon SX100is.

Which one is the better? I don't want to shoot fotos for a living, just some nice holiday pictures. It's also important the camera takes rather nice indoor pics (or evening).

I am a NoNo on shutter times, Iso Values and so on... a good automode should do that job for me.


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