The Canon PowerShot SX100 IS offers solid image quality but slow performance, especially when using the flash. There is a 3-inch LCD display and full manual options, but the navigation wheel doesn't get raves. Owner reviews generally praise the SX100 IS for its price and ease of use.
Very detailed reports can be found at camera-enthusiast websites such as Imaging-Resource.com, DCResource.com and DPReview.com. CNET is more reader-friendly, and the site makes it easy to see where the SX100 IS rates against more expensive models. There's also lots of user feedback at Amazon.com.
The Canon PowerShot SX100 IS has "first-rate" image quality but some annoying and problematic controls.
Review: Canon PowerShot SX100 IS, Lori Grunin, October 16, 2007
In this detailed review, Michael R. Tomkins gives a long list of pros and a nearly equally long list of cons for the Canon PowerShot SX100 IS, although nothing is especially scathing. The fact that the SX100 IS is just a little too large to fit in a pocket appears to annoy him most.
Review: Canon PowerShot SX100 IS, Michael R. Tomkins, Dec. 18, 2007
Website owner Jeff Keller writes very detailed, professional reports. His bottom line on the Canon PowerShot SX100 IS is that it's good for the price, but "it doesn't really stand out in one area." It can't compare with Canon's S5, he says, but it's a good value.
Review: DCRP Review: Canon PowerShot SX100 IS, Jeff Keller, Jan. 24, 2009
DPReview.com has 10 years of experience providing very detailed, thorough reviews. The Canon PowerShot SX100 IS gets a Recommended tag, the second-highest rating, for being a versatile camera for the money, but it has "slow flash recycling times."
Review: Canon PowerShot SX100 IS Full Review, Lars Rehm and Simon Joinson, Dec. 20, 2007
Customers posting at Amazon.com pretty much love the Canon PowerShot SX100 IS. Among more than 250 reviews, the few complaints echo professional criticism of slow response time between shots, and some feel the battery life is disappointing.
Review: Canon PowerShot SX100IS, Contributors to Amazon.com