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Hey Dad, I insist you use my Canon S100 on your big trip! OOPS! — “lens error, will shut down automatically, restart camera”

Loaned my Dad a Canon PowerShot S100 (reviewed here) for his trip to Hong Kong, telling him it was so much better than his old camera.

Which it is…but a couple of days into the trip I get this message from him, “For some reason ur camera lens will not retract. It says “lens error, will shut down automatically, restart camera” when I try to shut off and close lens.  Camera wasn’t dropped or bumped. I reset lens closing from 1 min to 0 min but it didn’t help. Any ideas ?”

Oops sorry Dad. I googled the issue and came up with this Canon lens issue web announcement:

It has been confirmed that some PowerShot S100 digital cameras encounter a lens error caused by a disconnected part inside the camera. This announcement conveys the details of the issue and Canon’s service policy for affected cameras.

Canon continuously strives to provide our customers with high quality, reliable products that can be used with confidence. We offer our sincerest apologies to any customers who have been inconvenienced.

Phenomenon
Some PowerShot S100 units (with the serial numbers listed below) may encounter a lens error due to a part becoming disconnected inside the lens. In particular, this lens error may occur when the camera is used in certain environmental conditions such as high temperature and/or humidity.

click here for more info

Sounds like they will repair free of charge even if out of warranty if this is in fact the issue, probably is because he is in a high humidity environment. Camera normal resides in sunny, dry, sf bay area :)

Will update when resolved.

Jordan


Canon PowerShot S95 vs S100 – Worth the Upgrade?

There are many high end cameras floating around the studio. But I still need a super compact point and shoot for times when you don’t want to lug around a brick of a camera. When I say compact, I mean slide in your pants pocket and hardly know its there compact. I’m not looking for something to compete with a proper full frame DSLR, just need something for happy snaps.

Over the years I’ve tried a few different brands, and most of the time I go with a Canon. A couple of years ago a few brands started letting us have access to the RAW capabilities of these smaller cameras. Which is a huge upgrade from just getting some jpegs.

I usually replace my previous version when the new one comes out…S90 – S95 – S100. I was happy with the S95, but the features that stood out most with the S100 for me were better HD video 720 to 1080, GPS logging and slightly wider lens.

 

Below are some comparison shots of the S95 vs S100, both on tripods, self timer, etc. These are screen grabs from lightroom 4, there are no noise adjustments made.

My Conclusion:

The S100 so far looks a little better, not mind blowing…but then again Canon seems to replace these every year so I suspect the differences between cameras won’t be very great. I haven’t posted any video tests yet, maybe in the future. The GPS feature is interesting but it seems to really drain the battery fast. And as with any GPS, reception can be spotty. It is nice when it works though and look forward to that feature being seamless someday. Overall a nice little camera with RAW capability and 1080 video. If you have an S90, its a nice upgrade. If you have an S95, not sure its really worth it. If you are going to buy this camera and just shoot jpegs, I would buy a less expensive camera because if you are not shooting RAW you are wasting your money.


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