Canon Powershot S110 Review

The Canon Powershot S110 is the new and updated version of the S100, which has the reputation of being one of the most compact digital cameras in the consumer range.

The new S110 keeps the small proportions of the S100 (roughly the height and width of a credit card) and also gains some new features and upgrades. The cameras internal processing system has been enhanced to increase the speed of image processing, meaning less delay time from one shot to the next when taking several images in a row.

The S110 has the ability to record movies with audio in 30 second bursts. It is possible to record in resolutions up to 640 x 480, which is fairly impressive for any digital camera. Most digital cameras have a maximum movie recording resolution of 320 x 240. Even more impressive is the frame rate of 20 frames per seconds, again higher than most digital cameras. With an optional 128 Megabyte memory card it is possible to store a total of 113 seconds of high resolution (640 x 400) video with audio, which is around three or four 30 second bursts of recording. Although the movie record features are very impressive in comparison to other digital cameras, the quality of the video and the limit of recording in 30 second burst means that a DV Camera or Camcorder will produce much better results for video recording.

The camera uses a 2X multiplication zoom lens with a range of 35 – 70mm (35 mm equivalent). A macro function is also featured which allows you to get as close as 10cm from a subject.

A 2.1 Megapixel CCD produces a screened size 1600 x 1200 resolution, which is enough to print large (8 x 10) inch photographic quality prints.  Images can be stored using the standard JPEG compression format, in a choice of Normal, Fine or Superfine modes. Normal mode will fit more images onto the memory card at the cost of image quality. Superfine mode gives maximum image quality but creates larger files which take up lots of space on the memory card, meaning less images can be stored on the card at one time. Fine mode is a nice compromise between image quality and file size.

The S110 uses the USB port for high speed transfer of images from the camera to the computer. There is no support for the older and slower serial port. To avoid buying additional hardware, your computer needs to have an operational USB port. Most modern computers have a USB port (PC and MAC). If you are running Windows 98, ME, 2000 or XP, then chances are you do have a USB port. Other operating systems such as Windows NT 4 and Windows 95 don’t offer USB support.

A range of software is included with the camera including Adobe PhotoDeluxe for image editing and Photostitch to make the process of joining two or more images together easy. A lithium ion rechargeable battery is included as is a battery recharger, so there is really nothing extra to buy for this camera. An 8 Megabyte Compact Flash memory card is included with the camera, unfortunately, despite the camera using CF memory cards it cannot accept the IBM micro drive high capacity card as some other digital cameras can (e.g..Canon Powershot S20).

Pros:

Ultra Compact Size
Impressive Movie Recording Abilities
High Speed USB interface USB
Rechargeable Batteries and Charger Included
Cons:

Not many advanced features such as aperture or shutter priority modes
No Serial Port Support