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Canon IXUS 1100 HS Lens Extended
The IXUS 1100 HS is one of the latest premium compact digital cameras from Canon, which was announced in August 2011. The camera is available for £349.99 in black, red and silver.
Canon IXUS 1100 HS Front
To help make picture taking easy, Smart Auto mode detects the scene and selects the correct settings from 32 variables (21 in movie). To add some creativity there are a range of modes available, including toy camera, miniature, monochrome as well as many more.
Other features include High-speed Burst (3 megapixel images @ 7.8fps), Super Slow Motion Movie, iFrame movie and Movie Digest which records up to 4 seconds of action before each shot and combines them into one VGA movie.
Movies are recorded in full 1080p HD with stereo sounds and optical zoom as well as Powered and Dynamic image stabilisation to keep movies steady. The camera can be connected to a HDTV via a HDMI-CEC connector.
Canon IXUS 1100 HS Top
- 12x optical zoom (35mm equiv: 28 - 336mm)
- Intelligent IS
- HS System
- 12.1 megapixel
- Ultra compact metal body
- 3.2 inch PureColor II Touch LCD
- Full HD, Powered IS
- Smart Auto (32 scenes)
- High-speed Burst
- Super Slow Motion Movie
- iFrame movie
- Movie Digest
- Creative modes
- Hints & Tips
Canon IXUS 1100 HS Rear
The battery has a CIPA rating of just 170 shots, if you are likely to be using the camera for a full day of shooting a spare is highly recommended. The camera is ready to take photos within 2 - 3 seconds of switching on with the camera quick to focus. When at 12x zoom, the lens is just 60mm long and is therefore very quick to move through its zoom range. In continuous shooting mode the camera managed full sized images at 2.25 fps, with 0.8 fps in continuous shooting AF mode and 6.5 fps in High-speed Burst mode, although file size is limited to 3 megapixels.
Canon IXUS 1100 HS Battery
Canon IXUS 1100 HS Lens test images
Wide - angle | 1/320 sec | f/3.4 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
Full optical zoom | 1/100 sec | f/5.9 | 60.0 mm | ISO 100
Digital zoom | 1/50 sec | f/5.9 | 60.0 mm | ISO 100
Macro | 1/160 sec | f/3.4 | 5.0 mm | ISO 100
There is very little noise with good sharp images produced at ISO 100. As you progress through ISO 200 and ISO 400 you can see slight increases in the amount of noise, with images becoming softer at ISO 800. At ISO 1600 images are softer with slightly more noise than ISO 800. The images at ISO 3200 have a lot of noise and this setting is best for images that are to be resized for use on the web.
Canon IXUS 1100 HS ISO test images
ISO 100 | 1/10 sec | f/4.5 | 12.1 mm
ISO 200 | 1/20 sec | f/4.5 | 12.1 mm
ISO 400 | 1/40 sec | f/4.5 | 12.1 mm
ISO 800 | 1/80 sec | f/4.5 | 12.1 mm
ISO 1600 | 1/160 sec | f/4.5 | 12.1 mm
ISO 3200 | 1/320 sec | f/4.5 | 12.1 mm
The following images are examples taken using some of the scene modes available: landscape, sport and portrait. Skin tones are pleasant with just a hint of red-eye. Sport mode has enabled the camera to take a sharp shot of the wind turbine even on a windy day.
Canon IXUS 1100 HS Sample Photos
Landscape | 1/640 sec | f/3.4 | 5.0 mm | ISO 200
Landscape with building | 1/800 sec | f/3.4 | 5.0 mm | ISO 125
Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.5 | 12.1 mm | ISO 200
Sport | 1/800 sec | f/5.0 | 17.8 mm | ISO 100
Under the incandescent lights in the studio, the auto white-balance preset leaves an orange cast in the image, with incandescent preset giving the prefered image. Under the fluorescent lights the AWB preset gives a good image with a very slight pink cast when using the fluorescent preset.
Canon IXUS 1100 HS White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/20 sec | f/3.5 | 5.5 mm | ISO 100
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/13 sec | f/3.5 | 5.5 mm | ISO 100
AWB preset - fluorescent preset | 1/4 sec | f/3.5 | 5.5 mm | ISO 100
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/4 sec | f/3.5 | 5.5 mm | ISO 100
Below are examples of some of the creative modes available on the IXUS 1100 HS. Other modes available are miniature and fisheye.
Canon IXUS 1100 HS Digital filters
Colour accent | 1/30 sec | f/5.0 | 15.4 mm | ISO 800
Colour swap | 1/25 sec | f/5.0 | 15.4 mm | ISO 800
Monochrome | 1/60 sec | f/5.0 | 15.4 mm | ISO 1600
Poster effect | 1/30 sec | f/5.0 | 15.4 mm | ISO 800
Super vivid | 1/30 sec | f/5.0 | 15.4 mm | ISO 800
Toy camera | 1/30 sec | f/5.0 | 15.4 mm | ISO 800
Video ModeThe video below has been recorded at full 1080p HD with stereo sound. Optical zoom is also available during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page. An example of the Super Slow Motion Movie mode can also be watched.
Value For MoneyThe Canon IXUS 1000 HS is a premium compact camera currently priced at £349.99. Other premium cameras to consider are the Sony Cybershot HX7V at £249.00, Ricoh CX5 at £249.00, Canon IXUS 1000 HS at £249.95 and Nikon Coolpix S8200 £279.00.
|The Canon IXUS 1100 HS has a good range of features with image quality to match.|
Canon IXUS 1100 HS ProsProduces excellent images
Good noise performance up to ISO 1600
12x zoom lens pack into a small camera
Full 1080p HD video recording
Wide range of creative modes
Responsive touch screen
Canon IXUS 1100 HS ConsQuite expensive
Battery life is short
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Canon IXUS 1100 HS Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.4 - f/5.9|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 336mm|
|CCD pixels||12.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.16mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.62mm|
|Screen resolution||461,000 dots|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/2000sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||15sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 3200|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-9L|
|Box Contents||Battery pack, battery charger, interface cable, wrist strap, getting started guide, software discs and warranty system booklet|