Canon N100

Canon PowerShot N100 front
  • 12MP - 1/1.7" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-120mm (F1.8-5.7) lens
  • 289g - 105 x 68 x 36mm
  • Revealed January 2014
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon N100 summary

Canon N100 is Canon's Small Sensor Compact camera originally revealed on January of 2014. It features a 12 MegaPixel, CMOS 1/1.7" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The N100 comes in at #20 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over all #588 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. Please check our Advanced camera filter to get camera results based on your personal factors.

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The following is a diagram of different factors used in the rating system.

Canon N100 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of good and bad points of the Canon N100 based on features which are generally regarded as useful in a camera.

built in lens has zoom (24-120mm 5.0 x zoom)
comes with face detect focusing
comes with HDMI out
comes with microphone support
good battery life (330 per charge)
great max aperture (f1.8)
great minimum ISO (80)
has built in flash
has image stabilization (Optical)
has manual focus
NFC connection
nice clear screen (922 k dots)
nice screen size (3 inches)
relatively wide (24mm)
screen tilts
supports focus via touch
touch screen
cannot use external flash
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have headphone support
doesn't have phase detect AF
doesn't have RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse recording
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low megapixels (12MP)
more heavy than competition (289 grams)
no aperture priority mode
no manual control
no shutter priority
slow at full zoom (f5.7)
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
video resolution low (1280 x 720 pixels)
Photography Glossary

Canon N100 Sensor info

The Canon N100 features the DIGIC 6 chip. The specification of the sensor on the Canon N100 is 7.44mm x 5.58mm (1/1.7"). The 42 mm² sensor is able to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization since the latter can easily lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and includes a native ISO range of 80 to 6400. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved which means that the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The picture underneath illustrates the N100's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The N100 sensor comes with a crop factor of 4.8 and is pointed out in green.

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To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon N100 dimensions

Canon N100 is 0.64 pounds (289 grams or 10.19 oz) and the sizing of the camera is 105mm x 68mm x 36mm (4.1" x 2.7" x 1.4"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Canon N100 is weightier when compared with other competitors.

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Down below is a shot of the Canon N100 besides a soft drink so you can have a sense of its scale.

Canon PowerShot N100 dimensions scale

The top view under will provide the button arrangement on the N100.

Canon PowerShot N100 topview buttons dials

Canon N100 Lens info

The N100 is equipped with a built-in lens providing a focal range of 24-120mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which may not be outstanding however it would certainly be handy in some situations.

At the widest 24mm, it provides an aperture of f1.8 which is useful in low light circumstances and getting good bokeh. It will also let you use a much lower ISO and get clearer files. Towards the tele end, 120mm comes to f5.7 which is pretty slow and you may need to use slow shutter speeds.

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Canon N100 Connectivity

The N100 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily transfer pictures and oftentimes adjust settings without connecting straight to the camera.

Several applications even give a Liveview and release the shutter when you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external screen. Almost all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Canon N100 Video info

The highest possible video resolution on the Canon N100 is 1280 x 720 and it can capture in H.264 format. 720p is low by today's requirements. You should really aim for at least 1080p resolution for video recording. Even though the camera comes with a microphone port, it is unfortunately missing a headphone port which means that you won't have the capability to monitor your audio levels.

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Canon N100 Weather Sealing

Canon N100 does not include environment sealing so rainy conditions can easily affect the camera.

Canon N100 Display and Viewfinder

The Canon N100 features a 3" tilting screen boasting a resolution of 922k dots.

Moreover the screen is touch friendly which means that you can easily set focus points and adjust settings by using your fingertips.

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The View Finder specs regarding Canon N100 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders can be quite useful.

Canon N100 Shutter info

The max shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Canon N100 Flash and Hot shoe info

Canon N100 has got only inbuilt flash with missing external flash support.

Canon N100 Autofocus info

Canon N100 has got just Contrast Detect Auto Focus and is missing Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is more faster and accurate when compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera features Face detect which is helpful for portraits.

The Sensor features 9 focus points to choose from. Canon N100 has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers to adjust focus points. Canon N100 has the ability to use manual focus when required for low light occasions or you require more precise control on focus.

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Canon N100 Battery life

The battery life (NB-12L) on the Canon N100 is made to last for 330 pictures based on the CIPA measurements which is higher than the usual when compared to its class. The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 features the best (470) battery life for this range of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras which have the best battery life:

Canon N100 for different categories of photography

The following bar chart gives a summary of the Canon N100 for different categories of photography. To check out more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Canon N100 as a Portrait photography camera

The Canon N100 receives a points total of 34 which is subpar, and means the camera is not really acceptable to use for portrait images. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW files plus the option to use off-camera lighting.

Photography Glossary
focusing manually
includes face detect focus
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
no RAW files

Street photography with Canon N100

Having a nice rating of 64, the Canon N100 is a fine choice to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Optical)
includes touch to focus
tiny sensor (1/1.7")
lacks RAW files
heavier than competition (289 grams)

Canon N100 Sports photography highlights

A subpar sports photography score of 35 suggests the Canon N100 is not really acceptable for photographing sports. A camera really should have fantastic autofocus plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
good battery power (330 shots)
lack of shutter priority mode
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/1.7")
doesn't have phase detect autofocus

Canon N100 Travel photography highlights

Size is super crucial when choosing a travel camera. In general, the Canon N100 gets a very good 65 as a travel camera which is a good fit to take with you on your trips.

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good battery pack (330 CIPA)
offers touch to focus
has built in flash
decently wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
no Time Lapse recording
heavier than average in class (289 grams)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly display

Canon N100 Landscape photography information

When you are planning to choose a camera for landscape photos, the most critical aspect is going to be image quality. The Canon N100 at it's average grade of 49 for a landscape camera is relatively suitable in the current market.

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focusing manually
decently wide (24mm)
very good maximum aperture (f1.8)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
great battery power (330 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
manual exposure not possible
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/1.7")
doesn't have RAW support
no Timelapse function

Canon N100 Vlogging information

A camera for vlogging should posses a articulating screen, mic input and if possible IBIS. Considering everything, the Canon N100 is not really acceptable for vlogging as it delivers a subpar score of 34.

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quite wide (24mm)
great max aperture (f1.8)
has touchscreen
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focusing
comes with external mic support
display is not selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
heavier than competition in class (289 grams)

Canon N100 Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the N100, below is a number of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph listed below offers you a bird's eye view of the N100 vs it's highest scoring competitors shown above.

Following are several cameras you may take into account as alternatives. To read a thorough comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon PowerShot N100
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
7.44 x 5.58mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW format
Highest native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focus
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-120mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture
Focal length multiplier
Type of display
Display sizing
3 inches
Resolution of display
922k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Display tech
TFT PureColor II G Touch screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
15 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
7.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1280 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
289 gr (0.64 lb)
Physical dimensions
105 x 68 x 36mm (4.1" x 2.7" x 1.4")
Battery life
330 photos
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, custom)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
Card slots
Retail price