A great upgrade to the S100
I'm not going to touch much on the quality of the photos/videos this camera takes because it's simply beautiful. I was even able to capture a decent photo of Aurora Borealis. So here are some other highlights
I owned the S100 for a while but lost it while I was traveling so replaced it with this S110. The one major complaint I had with the S100 was that it had a very slow response time when using flash. So slow that when I would ask strangers to take a photo for me, I'd have to explain to them each time that they need to hold the shutter down for a while (on average 3~5 seconds). With the S110, however, it's significantly faster. It works like how it should (on average <1~2 seconds).
It also takes better pictures under low light conditions (without flash). Even when capturing against the sun in the background, you can still clearly see the person's face (where normally it would be too dark).
Wifi Capability - The wifi capability is SO useful. I don't even care that they took off the GPS geotag that they had in the S100 (because it didn't even work that well to begin with). The built in wifi doesn't mean it connects to a wifi hotspot. It BECOMES the wifi hotspot for your devices (phone, tablet, laptop, etc) to connect to. It allows you to use your phone's GPS to geotag each pictures taken by the camera. The best feature about this that I absolutely LOVE, is that it lets me transfer my camera photos directly onto my device through this wifi connection (very fast, too). This makes photo sharing SO much easier. For example, I can take a photo of a waterfall with my camera, then transfer it onto my phone, then upload it or email it to someone right ON THE SPOT, while I'm still standing in front of the waterfall (as long as I have phone reception).
Underwater Housing compatibility - I have an underwater housing for the S100 (Canon WP-DC43). I did not want to purchase a new one for the S110 because they cost almost as much as a brand new S110 on Amazon. Great news is that the underwater housing for the S100 works just fine! The only thing is, the power on/off button does not align. All of the other buttons work fine. You can get around the power button issue by pressing the photo review button to turn on the camera and pressing the shutter button to take photos, and make sure to adjust the automatic shut off time (not to waste too much battery) to let it turn off on its own.
I love this camera <3
I think one complaint I might have though, is the power on/off button. Why the heck did they shrink it so small? It makes it difficult to turn it on/off when wearing gloves. Oh well it's still manageable.
April 7, 2014
do not buy this camera
This camera does not work in cold weather. I exchanged the first one thinking the camera was defective. Same problem with this one.
January 19, 2014
Purchased camera to use on a diving trip to Fiji. Put it in a Ikelite housing with a Sola 500 photo light. Got excellent video and still shots. Colors where on the money. Simple and fast controls. no focusing problems like other brands. Awesome shark dive videos at Bega Lagoon.
October 11, 2013
A Great Point & Shoot for DSLR Users
This review is from the perspective of a long time DSLR user. My regular camera is a DSLR with the battery grip and several lenses. I have been looking for an easily portable camera to carry when I don’t need or want the heavy gear. My goal was to reproduce the functions of the DSLR in a small package. This review looks at my five most important DSLR functions and explains how they are reproduced in the S110.
Shooting in Camera Raw
I always shoot my DSLR in RAW mode and custom crop and process every image. It sounds like a pain, but thanks to automated features in programs like Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, it isn’t a big deal and the results are worth it. If this is new for you, the difference between capturing a picture in JPEG and RAW is in the ability to further manipulate the images later. For example, assume you have set your camera to use: 1) Auto White Balance, 2) No Exposure Compensation, 3) Medium Sharpening, and 4) produce the image in JPEG format. The camera takes the picture, applies your settings and records it as a JPEG file. If you shoot the same picture in RAW with the same settings, the camera notes your settings and may apply them to the thumbnail that it shows you, but what you download from the camera is the data collected from the sensor without the settings applied. This is why pictures from a cheap point-and-shoot (P&S) camera may look better out of the camera than pictures from a DSLR or advanced P&S. But, the trouble comes when your JPEG settings don’t give you what you expected. Suppose you get the pictures on your computer and they have a green cast from the lighting, they are under-exposed and under-sharpened. If you shot them in JPEG, you may be out of luck without doing extensive fiddling. If you shot them in RAW, you use your processing software’s RAW converter and change the settings to what they should have been to give you the shot you wanted. Basically, you adjust RAW images on your computer like your camera produces JPEG images in the camera. The computer gives you more processing power, more sophisticated processing software, and the ability to change the settings until you get the image you want. Combine this with the fact that JPEG compression will hurt image quality and RAW images come out of the camera uncompressed and you can see why shooting in RAW mode is more work, but can provide a much better outcome. The primary reason for selecting any of the cameras in this class of advanced point-and-shoots is the ability to record images in RAW format. If you plan to leave the camera in JPEG mode, you can save yourself some money, get a good camera, and get very nice pictures by choosing a different camera that takes only JPEGs.
Front Control Ring
You can assign 8 preprogramed functions to the front ring. I use the control ring to change the lens zoom settings. The focal length changes in fixed steps of the standard prime lenses from 24mm to 120mm. I find the control ring works much faster than trying to frame with the zoom lever on the top of the camera. After using a range finder and SLR cameras for years, it is natural to have this control on the front of the camera and I love the ability to program it with the push of a button. I have been surprised by how this one feature simplifies shooting with the S110.
I don’t know if I will ever get used to framing on the screen of a P&S. I prefer the “real” optical viewfinder of a SLR. But, none of the cameras in this class have an optical viewfinder, to get that feature you will pay another $100 and get a larger camera. The S110’s display gives me all of the information I get when using my DSLR and more. When framing the shot, I see the battery level, shooting mode (e.g. RAW), the exposures remaining on my SD card, the length of video I could shoot, the flash setting, horizontal level, exposure compensation, f-stop, and ISO. When I press the shutter button, the display clears at the top and then shows me the information on that shot along the bottom of the display: exposure meter mode, horizontal level, f stop (in aperture priority), exposure compensation, and ISO setting.
Aperture Priority Mode
Cameras in this class will allow you to choose Aperture, Shutter, and Manual mode in addition to a bazillion scene settings. Like my DSLR, I keep the S110 in aperture priority nearly all the time and use the back thumb wheel to change the aperture. If you have read the reviews for this camera and the others in this class you know that you lose a lot of aperture range as you extend the zoom. For example, the aperture range is f 2.0 to f 8.0 at 24mm and at 50mm the aperture range is f4 to f8. The relatively fast lens helps get good pictures in low light situations. The problem is that the relatively small sensor gives little control over the depth of field, again an issue with this class of cameras that is not unique to the S110.
The camera’s meter is always a good place to start. But, I often find that I need to increase or decrease the exposure to accurately capture the mood of the scene. The exposure compensation process is simple with the S110; press the top of the rear control dial and rotate the dial to select the exposure increase or decrease. The display them previews the shot with the new setting.
If you have read the other reviews, you know that it is a good idea to buy a second battery. I own at least two batteries for all my cameras, so I was not surprised or disappointed by the battery life.
The S110 is not intended to replace your DSLR. But, Canon has taken the DSLR’s controls and wrapped them around a point and shoot sensor to give photographers a great small camera that they can carry virtually everywhere.
June 30, 2013