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Aug 16, 2012 16:45 |  #1
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I have the SX260 and am mostly happy with it, for what it is. IQ is my biggest problem. I am considering adding the S100 to my lineup. Is there enough difference to warrant spending the money? I just can't see it on sites like CameraLabs and DPReview. I use the 60D and have a T1i that gets little use. I could just keep the T1i in the car all the time. What would you do? Opinions, please.


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Aug 16, 2012 16:51 |  #2

the major advantages of the S100:
-RAW
-f2 aperture wide open
-bigger sensor

is it worth it to upgrade? you have to decide that for yourself. if all you care about is IQ, then S100 has the best IQ for a Canon compact point and shoot. of course you give up the long zoom of the sx260hs. S100 should be discounting soon if it hasnt already where you live. replacement for S100 should be coming out in a month or two. So if youre interested in the S100, watch for those sales.


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Aug 16, 2012 17:21 |  #3
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imjason wrote in post #14867621 (external link)
the major advantages of the S100:
-RAW
-f2 aperture wide open
-bigger sensor

is it worth it to upgrade? you have to decide that for yourself. if all you care about is IQ, then S100 has the best IQ for a Canon compact point and shoot. of course you give up the long zoom of the sx260hs. S100 should be discounting soon if it hasnt already where you live. replacement for S100 should be coming out in a month or two. So if youre interested in the S100, watch for those sales.

Thanks. I thought about raw. I think if I knew I were getting into a situation where raw mattered, I'd shoot the 60D. The f/2 lens is a valid point. The 260 is f/3.5 at the wide-end. I thought the bigger sensor would make more of a difference than what is apparent on the review sites. By chance, does anyone have real-world comparison shots?


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Aug 16, 2012 21:26 |  #4

Funny, I bought the SX260 recently as a supplement to my S95. I carry them both on bike rides and like each for different reasons. The range on the SX260 is great and I've gotten some decent photos out of it. The S95 (or the S100 you're looking at) is definitely my favorite to use, though, for both IQ and creative control.




  
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padmasana wrote in post #14868573 (external link)
Funny, I bought the SX260 recently as a supplement to my S95. I carry them both on bike rides and like each for different reasons. The range on the SX260 is great and I've gotten some decent photos out of it. The S95 (or the S100 you're looking at) is definitely my favorite to use, though, for both IQ and creative control.

Thanks. I do plan on keeping the SX260. Do you see enough difference in the IQ of the s95/sx260 to warrant buying the s100? I am assuming you bought the sx260 for the telephoto capabilities, correct?

I was thinking that the f/2 lens would all me to keep lower ISO. Coupled with the 45% larger sensor adding maybe another stop, I could get much better shots in the ISO 400-1600 range. Do you find this to be a fair assessment? I am fairly sure that ISO 200 and below is clean on both of them, just as 3200 is a step too far on each.


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Aug 16, 2012 23:01 |  #6

I've used the SX260 at an outdoor Shakespeare play and it's been acceptable. From what I recall, it was decent even around ISO 1600.
The S95/S100 would win for the brighter lens and larger sensor, but I don't recall it being a truly dramatic difference in the situations I've encountered.
I'd definitely like my odds better shooting low light with the S95, though.
It's no 5D III, but it's fine for being so compact.

Here's an ISO 2000 shot from a Gov't Mule concert.
http://www.flickr.com …in/set-72157630071396581/ (external link)

I'm at work right now, so sorry for not linking with any more examples.




  
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Just to be sure, that Gov't. Mule shot is from the s95?


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Aug 17, 2012 00:38 |  #8

Yes, it's the S95. :)




  
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Sep 27, 2012 16:21 |  #9

padmasana /tschrif - do you know if s100/110 is better or equal to G12?




  
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