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Category: Compact Cameras
Product: Canon PowerShot S110
Price: £370.00
Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

Canon PowerShot S110 Review - Daniel Bell reviews the Canon PowerShot S110, a serious compact camera with an f/2.0, 5x optical zoom lens and 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor.

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Features
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Performance
Verdict
Specification
Canon Powershot S110

The Canon PowerShot S110 was released in September 2012 and is a serious pocket-sized compact camera, packed with Wi-Fi and a 3 inch touch screen. It is an update to the S100 and is available for around £370.

Canon Powershot S110

Canon PowerShot S110 Features

The Canon PowerShot S110 has a 12.1 megapixel CMOS BSI sensor and 5x optical zoom f/2.0 lens, which is a 35mm equivalent of 24-120mm. The wide aperture lens coupled with 4-stop intelligent image stabilisation means the S110 should take sharp shots even in low light.

To make picture taking as easy as possible there is Smart Auto and there are also a range of scene modes as well as creative digital filters such as fisheye and miniature effects. If you want more control over your picture taking there are full manual controls as well as RAW shooting. High-speed Burst HQ mode allows you to record 10 full resolution images at 10 fps.

The S110 is armed with Wi-Fi which can be used for various functions. You can connect to your home network for easy image sharing and printing on a compatible Canon Wi-Fi printer. You can even use your smartphone's GPS to geotag your images.

There is a lens control ring which allows you to quickly adjust settings such as zoom, aperture, shutter speed, focus or ISO. On the rear of the camera is a 3 inch, 460k dot, LCD touch screen which allows you to set the focus and release the shutter by touching the screen. If you like to shoot underwater there is an optional waterproof case which protects to depths of 40m.

Videos are recorded in full 1080p HD with optical zoom and stereo sound or you can record super slow motion videos. To view your videos you can connect the S110 to a HD TV via HDMI.

Canon Powershot S110

Key Features

  • 12.1 megapixel CMOS BSI sensor
  • 5x optical zoom f/2.0 lens (35mm equiv: 24-120mm)
  • 4 stop intelligent image stabilisation
  • 3 inch 460k dot LCD touch screen
  • Wi-Fi and GPS via Mobile
  • Full 1080p HD video recording
  • ISO 80-12800
  • 3cm minimum focusing distance
  • 10 fps full resolution continuous shooting
  • Full manual controls and RAW
  • Lens control ring
  • Built-in ND filter
Canon Powershot S110

Canon PowerShot S110 Handling

The S110 has an extremely small body which is particularly remarkable given that it has many DSLR style features. If you were to stand the S110 and S100 together, nothing has changed much in terms of its design, except the front grip has been removed.

There is a mode dial on the top where you'll also find the zoom rocker, shutter release and on / off switch. The buttons on the rear are packed into the bottom right corner, but there is enough room for ring function, movie record, playback and menu buttons as well as a d-pad with a rotating wheel. The d-pad is used for cycling through the menus but also gives access to focus, exposure compensation and flash. If you activate the flash, it automatically pops up, deactivate and it goes back in. The control ring on the front can be set to change ISO, exposure compensation, focus, white-balance, zoom, i-contrast and aspect control.

The menu system is easy to navigate. To change shooting settings you use the function button in the centre of the d-pad, other general settings are changed through the menu button. The LCD screen is bright and clear but resolution is quite low for a premium compact.

Canon Powershot S110 Screenshot 1 Canon Powershot S110 Screenshot 2 Canon Powershot S110 Screenshot 3

To use the S110 with your smartphone you need to download and install the Canon CameraWindow app to your device. You can use this to send photos from the camera to smartphone and geotag your photos. Images can be resized before they are sent or left at full size. There are other apps available which do a similar job when it comes to geotagging, such as Geotag Photos Pro and gps4cam.

Battery life is rated at 200 shots according to CIPA test results, we were able to take 370 shots before the battery went flat, frequent use of the Wi-Fi will reduce your battery life quicker. We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response   0.2 secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response   0.4 secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response   0.5 secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo   2.35 secs
Shot to Shot without Flash   2.7 secs
Shot to Shot with Flash   3.8 secs
Continuous Shooting   0.9 fps
Continuous Shooting - Flash   0.4 fps
High-speed Burst HQ   10 fps

Shutter response is a little slower than we'd like. Both continuous shooting and High-speed Burst HQ record at full resolution, with the latter restricted to 10 shots and only records JPEGs.

Canon Powershot S110

Canon PowerShot S110 Performance

Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Canon PowerShot S110 Sample Photos

Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.5 | 17.1 mm | ISO 125

Portrait | 1/60 sec | f/4.5 | 17.1 mm | ISO 125
High-Res

Landscape | 1/1000 sec | f/2.0 | 5.2 mm | ISO 160

Landscape | 1/1000 sec | f/2.0 | 5.2 mm | ISO 160
High-Res

Fast Shutter Speed | 1/1000 sec | f/2.0 | 5.2 mm | ISO 800

Fast Shutter Speed | 1/1000 sec | f/2.0 | 5.2 mm | ISO 800
High-Res | RAW

Pet Portrait | 1/80 sec | f/5.9 | 26.0 mm | ISO 800

Pet Portrait | 1/80 sec | f/5.9 | 26.0 mm | ISO 800
High-Res

Sun Through Trees | 1/400 sec | f/2.8 | 7.5 mm | ISO 400

Sun Through Trees | 1/400 sec | f/2.8 | 7.5 mm | ISO 400
High-Res

Low Light | 1/13 sec | f/5.6 | 21.9 mm | ISO 1600

Low Light | 1/13 sec | f/5.6 | 21.9 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res


Sample Photos - Portrait shots have pleasant skin tones, although there is a very slight hint of red-eye when using the flash. Although there isn't a landscape mode, the S110 is capable of taking good landscape shots with good blues and greens. You can use the "My Colours" options to emphasis the blues or greens. The rest of the images are well exposed and have good colour reproduction.

Canon PowerShot S110 Lens test images

Wide Angle | 1/160 sec | f/4.0 | 5.2 mm | ISO 80

Wide Angle | 1/160 sec | f/4.0 | 5.2 mm | ISO 80
High-Res | RAW

Some Optical Zoom | 1/250 sec | f/4.5 | 16.6 mm | ISO 80

Some Optical Zoom | 1/250 sec | f/4.5 | 16.6 mm | ISO 80
High-Res | RAW

Full Optical Zoom | 1/160 sec | f/5.9 | 26.0 mm | ISO 80

Full Optical Zoom | 1/160 sec | f/5.9 | 26.0 mm | ISO 80
High-Res | RAW

Macro | 1/30 sec | f/3.5 | 9.1 mm | ISO 100

Macro | 1/30 sec | f/3.5 | 9.1 mm | ISO 100
High-Res | RAW


Lens Performance - Image detail is good throughout the images and purple fringing is well controlled. The S110 has a good dynamic range which can be extended with DR correction which corrects overexposed areas. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 3cm which allows you to get close enough to take impressive macro shots.

Canon PowerShot S110 ISO test images

ISO80 | 1/4 sec | f/5.0 | 19.7 mm

ISO80 | 1/4 sec | f/5.0 | 19.7 mm
High-Res | RAW

ISO100 | 1/5 sec | f/5.0 | 19.7 mm

ISO100 | 1/5 sec | f/5.0 | 19.7 mm
High-Res | RAW

ISO200 | 1/10 sec | f/5.0 | 19.7 mm

ISO200 | 1/10 sec | f/5.0 | 19.7 mm
High-Res | RAW

ISO400 | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 19.7 mm

ISO400 | 1/20 sec | f/5.0 | 19.7 mm
High-Res | RAW

ISO800 | 1/40 sec | f/5.0 | 19.7 mm

ISO800 | 1/40 sec | f/5.0 | 19.7 mm
High-Res | RAW

ISO1600 | 1/80 sec | f/5.0 | 19.7 mm

ISO1600 | 1/80 sec | f/5.0 | 19.7 mm
High-Res | RAW

ISO3200 | 1/160 sec | f/5.0 | 19.7 mm

ISO3200 | 1/160 sec | f/5.0 | 19.7 mm
High-Res | RAW

ISO6400 | 1/320 sec | f/5.0 | 19.7 mm

ISO6400 | 1/320 sec | f/5.0 | 19.7 mm
High-Res | RAW

ISO12800 | 1/500 sec | f/5.0 | 19.7 mm

ISO12800 | 1/500 sec | f/5.0 | 19.7 mm
High-Res | RAW


ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 80, 100 and 200. ISO 400 sees images lose a little sharpness and a little more at ISO 800. Areas of the images at ISO 1600 are quite soft with a little detail missing. Loss of detail is much more evident at ISO 3200, with white dots appearing, and worsens at ISO 6400. Image quality is poor at ISO 12800, with lots of noise and missing detail. Colour reproduction remains good throughout the ISO range, so if you have to use the highest ISO settings, images will still look fine if they are resized for sharing on the web.

Canon PowerShot S110 White-balance test images

AWB preset - incandescent preset | 1/60 sec | f/3.5 | 9.0 mm | ISO 100

AWB preset - incandescent preset | 1/60 sec | f/3.5 | 9.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res | RAW

Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/40 sec | f/3.5 | 9.0 mm | ISO 100

Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/40 sec | f/3.5 | 9.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res | RAW

AWB preset - fluorescent preset | 1/4 sec | f/3.5 | 9.0 mm | ISO 100

AWB preset - fluorescent preset | 1/4 sec | f/3.5 | 9.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res | RAW

Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/5 sec | f/3.5 | 9.0 mm | ISO 100

Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/5 sec | f/3.5 | 9.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res | RAW

Fluorescent H preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/5 sec | f/3.5 | 9.0 mm | ISO 100

Fluorescent H preset - fluorescent lighting | 1/5 sec | f/3.5 | 9.0 mm | ISO 100
High-Res | RAW


White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights, the AWB preset has a colour cast, whereas the incandescent preset takes a much better picture. The AWB preset copes much better with our fluorescent lights. There are two fluorescent presets, the normal one performs well, with the fluorescent H preset having a colour cast.

Canon PowerShot S110 Digital filters

Digital Filter Colour Accent | 1/25 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 800

Digital Filter Colour Accent | 1/25 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 800
High-Res

Digital Filter Colour Swap | 1/25 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 800

Digital Filter Colour Swap | 1/25 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 800
High-Res

Digital Filter Fish Eye Effect | 1/50 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 1600

Digital Filter Fish Eye Effect | 1/50 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res

Digital Filter Monochrome | 1/50 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 1600

Digital Filter Monochrome | 1/50 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res

Digital Filter Nostalgic | 1/50 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 1600

Digital Filter Nostalgic | 1/50 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 1600
High-Res

Digital Filter Poster Effect | 1/25 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 800

Digital Filter Poster Effect | 1/25 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 800
High-Res

Digital Filter Soft Focus | 1/25 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 800

Digital Filter Soft Focus | 1/25 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 800
High-Res

Digital Filter Super Vivid | 1/25 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 800

Digital Filter Super Vivid | 1/25 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 800
High-Res

Digital Filter Toy Camera Effect | 1/25 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 800

Digital Filter Toy Camera Effect | 1/25 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 800
High-Res

Miniature | 1/200 sec | f/4.5 | 14.7 mm | ISO 80

Miniature | 1/200 sec | f/4.5 | 14.7 mm | ISO 80
High-Res

My Colours Black And White | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 80

My Colours Black And White | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 80
High-Res

My Colours Darker Skin Tone | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 80

My Colours Darker Skin Tone | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 80
High-Res

My Colours Lighter Skin Tone | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 80

My Colours Lighter Skin Tone | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 80
High-Res

My Colours Neutral | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 80

My Colours Neutral | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 80
High-Res

My Colours Positive Film | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 80

My Colours Positive Film | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 80
High-Res

My Colours Sepia | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 80

My Colours Sepia | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 80
High-Res

My Colours Vivid | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 80

My Colours Vivid | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 80
High-Res

My Colours Vivid Blue | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 80

My Colours Vivid Blue | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 80
High-Res

My Colours Vivid Green | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 80

My Colours Vivid Green | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 80
High-Res

My Colours Vivid Red | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 80

My Colours Vivid Red | 0.4 sec | f/5.0 | 20.7 mm | ISO 80
High-Res


Digital Filters - The S110 is packed with a range of creative filters as well as "My Colours", although you're not able to use them if you are shooting in RAW.

Video - Below is a video recorded in full 1080p HD with stereo sound and quality is extremely good. You can use the optical zoom during recording, an example of which can be found on the ePHOTOzine Youtube Page. We have also uploaded a high-speed video.



Value For Money

The Canon PowerShot S110 is available for around £370.00. We have reviewed most of the newly released serious compact cameras, with a pick from different manufacturers below. For more choices, read our Top Ten Best Serious Compact Cameras article.

Nikon Coolpix P310 Fujifilm FinePix X10
Nikon Coolpix P310 Fujifilm X10 Panasonic Lumic DMC-LX7 Olympus XZ-2 Samsung EX2F
£185 £319 £355 £423 £430

You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.

Canon PowerShot S110 Verdict

The Canon PowerShot S110 is an ideal serious compact camera if you're a big fan of small gadgets. It's pocket-sized, yet packs many features including full manual controls, Wi-Fi and a fast f/2.0 lens. It doesn't have built-in GPS, although Canon have provided their own solution via their smartphone app, but it's nothing you can't get from other similar apps. The Canon app does let you share your images at full size to your smartphone for instant editing and sharing. Image quality is excellent, with good colour reproduction and you can shoot at 10 fps. The Canon PowerShot S110 is recommended.

 
  The Canon PowerShot S110 packs a wide range of features and excellent image quality in to a very compact body.

Canon PowerShot S110 Pros

Built-in Wi-Fi
Full manual controls and RAW shooting
Pocket-sized with DSLR style features
Image quality is excellent
Fast f/2.0 lens
10 fps continuous shooting at full resolution
Lots of creative modes
Video quality is good

Canon PowerShot S110 Cons

No grip on the front of the camera
No built-in GPS
Battery life CIPA rating is poor
Is a little on the expensive side

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Canon PowerShot S110 Specifications

ManufacturerCanon
Lens
Max Aperture f/2 - f/5.9
35mm equivalent 24mm - 120mm
Optical Zoom 5x
Image Sensor
CCD pixels 12.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W) 4000
Pixels (H) 3000
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1/1.7 inch
Sensor Size (width) No Data
Sensor Size (height) No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 4:5
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor 3in
Screen resolution 461,000 dots
Touch Screen Yes
Focusing
Min Focus 3cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest 1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest 15sec
Exp modes
  • A
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity 80 - 12800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Flash
  • Underwater
Exposure Comp +/-3
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting 2.1fps
Video
Movie mode Yes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080
  • 1280x720 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 320x240 QVGA
Video FPS 30
Stereo Sound No
Optical Zoom with Video Yes
Other Features
Image Stabilisation Yes
Interface
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2
Wi-Fi Yes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery Type Rechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-5L
CIPA Rating 200
Box Contents
Box Contents NB-5L Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (3.7v, 1120mAh), CB-2LX Charger for Canon, NB-5L Lithium Battery Pack, Wrist Strap WS-DC11, USB Interface Cable, Digital Camera Solution, CD Instruction Manual (CD-Rom)
Dimensions
Weight 198g
Width 98.8mm
Height 59mm
Depth 26.9mm

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27 Jan 2013 - 1:28 PM

My colleagues and I bought 3 S100 cameras about 6 months ago. we were extremely satisfied with the image quality & the matchless convenience.

I used my camera really well travelling to Italy, Sicily, Dubai, Lebanon and other places. I shot about 3000 images and a few short movies.

However, the lens unit on my camera failed about a month ago for no reason at all. The same happened to one of my colleagues camera today even though she hardly used her camera.

Canon should pay more attention to the lens mechanism issue that caused many people to stop buying their products even though the image quality is really good. Reliability is a great issue!!!

I am so reluctant to advise anyone to buy the S110 if there is no assurance that the lens mechanism has been revamped.

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