Canon ELPH 100 HS

 
Canon ELPH 100 HS front
 
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-112mm (F2.8-5.9) lens
  • 140g - 93 x 56 x 20mm
  • Announced February 2011
  • Also Known as IXUS 115 HS
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
96
Imaging
37
Features
33
Overall
35

Canon ELPH 100 HS overview

Canon ELPH 100 HS is Canon's Ultracompact camera originally released on February of 2011. The camera has got a 12MP, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000. The camera is referred to as "IXUS 115 HS" in other markets.

The ELPH 100 HS is rated #49 out of 151 in Ultracompact cameras and all around #917 out of 1422 for cameras in our database. Remember to test our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your personalized factors.

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Canon ELPH 100 HS family

The Canon ELPH 100 HS is part of a family of products. You can read the full list below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-190-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 190 IS
ELPH 100 HS vs ELPH 190 IS
24-240mm
F3.0-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-360-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 360 HS
ELPH 100 HS vs ELPH 360 HS
25-300mm
F3.6-7.0
20MP1/2.3"2016
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Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-180 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 180
ELPH 100 HS vs ELPH 180
28-224mm
F3.2-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2016
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-350-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 350 HS
ELPH 100 HS vs ELPH 350 HS
25-300mm
F3.6-7.0
20MP1/2.3"2015
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-140-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 140 IS
ELPH 100 HS vs ELPH 140 IS
28-224mm
F3.2-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-150-IS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 150 IS
ELPH 100 HS vs ELPH 150 IS
24-240mm
F3.0-6.9
20MP1/2.3"2014
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Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-135 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 135
ELPH 100 HS vs ELPH 135
28-224mm
F3.2-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-340-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 340 HS
ELPH 100 HS vs ELPH 340 HS
25-300mm
F3.6-7.0
16MP1/2.3"2014
Canon-Elph-115-IS front thumbnailCanon Elph 115 IS
ELPH 100 HS vs Elph 115 IS
24-120mm
F2.7-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-ELPH-130 front thumbnailCanon ELPH 130
ELPH 100 HS vs ELPH 130
28-224mm
F3.2-6.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Canon-ELPH-520-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 520 HS
ELPH 100 HS vs ELPH 520 HS
28-336mm
F3.4-5.6
10MP1/2.3"2012
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Canon-ELPH-310-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 310 HS
ELPH 100 HS vs ELPH 310 HS
28-224mm
F3.0-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-ELPH-300-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 300 HS
ELPH 100 HS vs ELPH 300 HS
24-120mm
F2.7-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Canon-ELPH-100-HS front thumbnailCanon ELPH 100 HS28-112mm
F2.8-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2011

Canon ELPH 100 HS Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of positives and negatives of the Canon ELPH 100 HS based on aspects that are oftentimes viewed as important in a camera.

built in zoom lens (28-112mm 4.0 x zoom)
comes with HDMI support
good min ISO (100)
good sized screen (3 inch)
has built in flash
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect focusing
offers tracking focus
quite wide (28mm)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
doesn't have headphone jack
doesn't have mic jack
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
fixed screen
focusing manually not possible
lack of shutter priority mode
lacks phase detect AF
lacks RAW support
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
manual exposure not possible
megapixel count low (12MP)
no aperture priority
no external flash support
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dot)
slow continuous shooting (3.0 frames/s)
sluggish at long end (f5.9)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
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Canon ELPH 100 HS Sensor information

The Canon ELPH 100 HS houses the DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology processor chip. The specification of the sensor in the Canon ELPH 100 HS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels with aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization as the latter can easily lead to cropping.

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The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and provides a native ISO range of 100 - 3200. Sadly, RAW files are not saved therefore the user has less margin for error.

The graphic below displays the ELPH 100 HS's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The ELPH 100 HS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.

Canon ELPH 100 HS sensor size World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon ELPH 100 HS dimensions

Canon ELPH 100 HS weighs around 0.31 lb (140g / 4.94 oz) and the size of the camera is 93mm x 56mm x 20mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8"). The weight of normal Ultracompact camera is 121g so the Canon ELPH 100 HS is weightier compared to its competitors.

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The following is a pic of the Canon ELPH 100 HS beside a soft drink to help you to have a sense of its size.

Canon ELPH 100 HS dimensions scale

The top view directly below will provide the button arrangement on the ELPH 100 HS.

Canon ELPH 100 HS topview buttons dials

Canon ELPH 100 HS Lens information

The ELPH 100 HS offers an inbuilt lens giving a focal range of 28-112mm making it a 4.0 x zoom which is not very good nevertheless it may be handy in a few scenarios.

At it's widest 28mm, the lens provides an aperture of f2.8 and that's kind of sluggish and not the best in low light situations and you will likely struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You will probably also have to raise your ISO setting producing noisy photographs. For the long end, 112mm comes to f5.9 which is pretty slow and you may have to apply slow shutter speeds.

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Canon ELPH 100 HS Connectivity

The ELPH 100 HS has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth support can easily be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily copy pictures and in some cases alter settings with no need to connect directly with the camera.

A few apps also allow a Liveview and click the shutter in case you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it could be hooked up to an external display. A lot of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.

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Canon ELPH 100 HS Video information

The maximum video quality in the Canon ELPH 100 HS is 1920 x 1080 and it can save in H.264 format. 1080p quality will provide a decent balance in quality versus file size but FULL HD is not going to leave you with much room to crop. The body doesn't feature a mic or headphone socket which means that you get zero control over your sound. It is perhaps a better idea to have a look at another camera if you need good sound in your video clips.

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Canon ELPH 100 HS Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing in the Canon ELPH 100 HS so you have to be cautious in rainy or dusty conditions.

Canon ELPH 100 HS Display and Viewfinder

The Canon ELPH 100 HS has got a 3 inch fixed screen with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Sadly the screen is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Canon ELPH 100 HS are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are quite handy in bright outdoor conditions which might make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.

Canon ELPH 100 HS Shutter information

Canon ELPH 100 HS can shoot continuously at 3.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Canon ELPH 100 HS Flash and Hot shoe information

Canon ELPH 100 HS has got just integrated flash with no external flash ability.

Canon ELPH 100 HS Autofocus information

Canon ELPH 100 HS has got only Contrast Based Auto Focus and doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster & accurate compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera has got Face detect making it handy for portraits.

It has got 9 focus points to select from. It also boasts Tracking Auto Focus for moving objects. Canon ELPH 100 HS lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing is good in low light situations or you want more precise depth of field control.

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Canon ELPH 100 HS Battery life

The battery (NB-4L) in the Canon ELPH 100 HS is built to last for 230 shutters as per the CIPA requirements which is on par with its rivals. The general Ultracompact camera battery life is 214. Nikon L32 comes with the highest possible (320) battery life in this type of cameras.

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Canon ELPH 100 HS for different styles of photography

The following graph provides a summation of the Canon ELPH 100 HS for different styles of photography. To find out more, browse to the specific section below.

Canon ELPH 100 HS Portrait photography advice

The Canon ELPH 100 HS gets a score of 27 which is horrible, and means the camera is not really very good for portrait photography. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support & capability to use off-camera flash.

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offers face detection focusing
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
no external flash support
low resolution (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format

Street photography with Canon ELPH 100 HS

With a decent points tally of 57, the Canon ELPH 100 HS is fairly suited to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera gives a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Canon ELPH 100 HS Sports photography highlights

A horrible sports photography points tally of 32 means the Canon ELPH 100 HS is not really very good for shooting sports. A camera needs to have great tracking and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (3.0 fps)
lack of shutter priority mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF

Canon ELPH 100 HS as a Travel photography camera

Size is really critical when picking a camera for travel. Over-all, the Canon ELPH 100 HS gets a average 59 as a travelling camera which is relatively suitable to purchase for your journeys.

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built-in flash
quite wide (28mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
resolution not great (12MP)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)

Canon ELPH 100 HS as a Landscape photography camera

For anybody looking to buy a camera for landscape pictures, the most significant aspect will be image quality. The Canon ELPH 100 HS with it's horrible grade of 38 as a landscape camera is not really very good compared to its competitors.

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quite wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
lack of manual exposure
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW support
no Time Lapse function

Canon ELPH 100 HS Vlogging info

A camera for vlogging should have a articulating display screen, microphone port and ideally IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Canon ELPH 100 HS is not really very good as a vlog camera as it receives a horrible score of 34.

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quite wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not have selfie friendly display
no mic port

Canon ELPH 100 HS Alternatives

If you are shopping for replacements to the ELPH 100 HS, here is a range of the top rated cameras which fall into the category of Ultracompact.

The chart listed below gives you a bird's eye view of the ELPH 100 HS compared to it's top ranking competitors listed earlier.

There are a bunch of cameras you might take into account as alternate options. To browse through a extensive comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Canon
Model type
Canon ELPH 100 HS
Also called as
IXUS 115 HS
Category
Ultracompact
Announced
2011-02-07
Body design
Ultracompact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
BSI-CMOS
Processor
DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
3200
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points
9
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-112mm (4.0x)
Highest aperture
f/2.8-5.9
Macro focusing distance
3cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Range of display
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3 inch
Display resolution
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology
PureColor II G TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Slowest shutter speed
15 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
3.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
3.50 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 240 fps)
Maximum video resolution
1920x1080
Video data format
H.264
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
140g (0.31 pounds)
Physical dimensions
93 x 56 x 20mm (3.7" x 2.2" x 0.8")
Other
Battery life
230 images
Battery format
Battery Pack
Battery ID
NB-4L
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus
Storage slots
One
Retail price
$194