Landscape photography needs a lot of light for properly illuminating all areas of the frame. While some users prefer shooting at incredibly small f/stops such as f/11 or beyond, there are no reasons for always insisting on such low f/stops. It is perfectly possible to shoot at f/4 or even less and yet get the perfect results. Here we shall be looking at one of the best compact pocket sized cameras for landscape photography, the Canon S100 IS.
The Canon S100 IS
The Canon S100 IS is a great camera for landscape photography. Even before we delve into its size which makes it a very easy to carry pocketable camera, let’s take a look at some of the technical features of the camera. The S100 IS replaces the S95 IS, another of the popular S series cameras from Canon. It comes with Canon’s Image Stabilization system. This ensures that the photographer has one of the most important tools at his disposal to produce virtually shake free images every time he presses the shutter release. The lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length range of 24mm – 120mm.
Low light shooting features
A number of the Canon S100 IS’s features all add up to its superb low light performance overall. Two of those features are what makes the Canon S100 IS a force to reckon with in the Compact Point & Shoot camera segment. They are the HS system and the DIGIC 5 image processing engine. The HS system is responsible for the camera’s more than average performance when it comes to shooting landscape photos in low or tricky lighting conditions. As a matter of fact in ay low light condition the HS comes into its own. The system allows more light to be captured even when the conditions are dark. Additionally when shooting indoors, it is possible to properly expose a subject that is moving about due to this system. These technologies are also the reason why the camera has better noise handling when compared to some other compact cameras in the market.
Another important feature of the lens is its bright maximum aperture of f/2. For low light conditions, the f/2 aperture is just perfect for letting in more light. Manual controls are another important feature for being able to capture the right mood in your shots. The presence of a main mode dial with options for manual controls allows the photographer to compose the shots the way he wants before pressing the shutter release.
Additionally the S100 IS captures videos in full HD resolution at 1080p at 24 fps. At 720p HD it can capture videos at 30 fps. It can also capture super slow motion videos at 120 fps (640 x 480) and 240 fps (320 x 240). Priced at $430 a piece, this camera is perfect for users who are looking for a little more manual control than a standard compact zoom camera and avoid the complicacies which are usually associated with a DSLR.
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