Howdy, I'm new to the forum, but been lurking on cameralabs site for about a year now. Pleased to meet you all!
After having a s100fs for a week now and running several hundred images through it, I can say that it meets all my criteria for a solid quality all in one alternative to a full blown DSLR with lenses. I agree with Ctien that this camera has the ability to output images, especially on print that can rival a DSLR, like a D200 with the 18-200 lens. My tests confirm that up to 400 iso, there is virtually no difference in detail, noise or color btw them that is worthy of issue. Very saleable images are available through this camera. I have had most of the Canon G series models and this camera trumps them all with out any trouble. Also gives my DSLR a run in most light conditions.
It is very well thought out. I love the lens hood and the hole for filter use - bravo! the battery could be bigger, but it seems to run through about 200-250 images with plenty of chimping. The fact that I can change the batter while on my tripod is nice, some cameras don't work so well. I would love an IR version of this camera like the IS-1!
There are a few issues though, the CA for one is the most glaring, but it is correctable in LR or CS3/4. The EVF, though of high quality is a little small, like APS-C camera's of older Olympus that remind me of looking through a tunnel. Focus can be frustrating, particularly in low light or low contrast. Several buttons are not in optimal places for use, IE EV correction, ISO and some features could, should not be burried in menus, but have a dedicated button or ideally and dial. Again, if one is to nitpick, that is really it for me.
The camera is nice in weight and size, well balanced and relatively easy to use. I really like the zoom and focus dials, well damped, but easy to turn and no zoom creep. The lens range is great for 95% of all my work. The images respond VERY WELL to my workflow and particularly to sharpening without nasty artifacts, which was the biggest surprise for me in this arena. The noise behavior is very film like and not at all a distraction up to about 400-800iso.
I am still learnign to use the camera. It has quirks, no camera doesn't, but all in all this is a fine camera and worth every penny I paid - $625.00USD.
A quick short list of wishes for a new model or update: bigger/higher resolution lcd that articulates like Canon or Olympus, reduce the lens CA and distortion, add a fully operative TTL flash hotshoe, a better manual focus system, and finally replace several of the buttons with a multimode dial (for instance - iso, metering mode, & focus mode on one dial; existing dial with dynamic range and film modes added).
I couldn't agree with you more;) i also have this camera and am very fond of it, about the PF though mine really doesn't show and only shows when i crop at 200% big deal.
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