Canon PowerShot S100

PowerShot S100     Photo: Courtesy of Canon

Don’t lump the Canon PowerShot S100 in with other pocket cameras. While the 12-mp CMOS sensor and range of shutter speeds (from 15 seconds to 1/2,000 second) are hype worthy, it’s the SLR-like control ring around the lens—for ISO, aperture, and shutter speed—that elevates it. Use the ring in combination with the thumb-wheel on the back and you’re adjusting shots with the ease and accuracy of a video-game controller. QUIRKS+CONCERNS: It’s spendy for a point-and-shoot, putting it in competition with nicer models from Olympus and Pentax.

Brand: Canon $429

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