- Editor's Rating
- Easy to use
- First rate optics
- Excellent image quality
- Manual exposure capability
- Battery life could be better
- No handgrip
- Poorly designed on/off button
Quick TakeThe S110 is an understated camera with professional features and designed for serious photographers who want a compact camera with creative capability.
The Canon Powershot S110 is a point and shoot digital camera designed for serious photographers who want a compact camera. The device includes a suite of professional features larger than what many DSLRs offer. DigitalCameraReview said the S110 feels solid when held in hand. It features an all metal body with dusky and moisture-sealing technology. The device is 3.5 x 2.3 x 1 inches and weighs seven ounces, making it easily pocketable. DCR also called the camera “retro-looking.” The S110 is priced at $349 at the time of the review.
The front of the camera features the AF assist and lens with lens control ring, which can be programmed to include multiple functions. The top of the camera holds the pop-up flash, shutter button, zoom toggle, mode dial and on/off switch, which DCR notes is one of the worst features of the camera because it is small, awkwardly-placed, and blends in with the top of the camera. The back holds the LCD screen, a thumb rest, lens ring, function panel, video start/stop button and compass switch with rotary controls. There is no hand grip on the S110. DCR called the menus “simple, logical and easy-to-navigate.” Shooting modes include auto, program, aperture and shutter priority, manual, custom, HDR, scene, movie digest and movie modes, which DCR notes is a comprehensive set of options.
There is no optical viewfinder on the S110, but DCR notes the 3-inch LCD touchscreen is well equipped to assist users in viewing, editing and capturing images. DCR found the LDC screen to be bright and hue accurate, but noticed some glare and reflections in outdoor lighting. DCR noted the touchscreen is very responsive and found the Touch Shutter option to be a nice bonus feature. DCR also said the autofocus is fast and accurate when used in good lighting and noted the many flash options available. The NB-5L Lithium-ion power pack is rated for 200 images or 300 minutes of use before running out of charge. The S110 accepts SD, SDHC and SDHX memory cards.
The S110 is equipped with a F/2.0-F/5.9 5.2mm-26mm 5x zoom lens, which DCR noted is fast and the zoom is good with smooth and quiet motion. The camera shoots video in 1920x1080p HD at 24 frames per second and users can use the zoom while recording video. DCR found the video recorded accurate colors. When it comes to images, DCR found pictures to be highly detailed and sharp and noted the white balance system makes images look more natural. The S110 has an ISO range of 80-12800.
Overall, DCR found the Canon Powershot S110 to be an ideal enthusiast camera, good for straight shooters. DCR was fond of the compactness, image quality and “first rate optics,” but was disappointed in the design of the on/off button, lack of a hand grip and limited battery life. DCR noted the S110 is a great option for “anyone who likes small, elegant, precision-built, high-performance cameras.”