...the S100 will have a longer zoom than the S90/S95 that came before (5x vs. 3.8x). Hopefully the S100 will continue with the f2 on the short end. The 5x would seem to indicate a wider short end on the S100 (24-120mm) than the 3.8x on the S90/S95 (28-105mm), or could they be thinking about adding it to the long end only (28-140mm)?
I hope it's the former. A 24-120mm (equivalent) S100 with f/2 at the wide end would induce me to upgrade from my S95. A 28-140mm (equivalent), bah, no thanks.
+1 on the 24-120mm
although I don't own a P&S yet I might get one within the next year.
Names don't really matter for me, but Canon has to find a different name for the S95 replacement. There already was a S100:
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