Type Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 5x Optical, 4x Digital and 20x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
Image Capture Device
Type 12.1 Megapixel, 1/1.7-inch CMOS
Total Pixels Approx. 13.3 Megapixels
Effective Pixels Approx. 12.1 Megapixels
Focal Length 5.2 (W) - 26.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-120mm)
Focusing Range Normal: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 12 in. (30cm) - infinity (T)
Auto: 1.2 in. (3cm) - infinity (W), 12 in. (30cm) - infinity (T)
Macro AF: 1.2 in. - 1.6 ft. (3-50cm) (W), 12 in. - 1.6 ft. (30-50cm) (T)
Autofocus System TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
Optical Viewfinder N/A
LCD Monitor 3.0-inch TFT Color LCD with Touch-screen panel with wide viewing angle
LCD Pixels Approx. 461,000 dots
LCD Coverage Approx. 100%
Aperture and Shutter
Maximum Aperture f/2.0 (W) - f/5.9 (T)
Shutter Speed 1-1/2000 sec.
15-1/2000 sec. (in Tv and M modes)
Sensitivity Auto, ISO 80-12800
Light Metering Method Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
* Facial brightness is evaluated in Face Detection AF
** Metering frame is fixed to the center
Exposure Control Method Manual Exposure, Program Shift, Safety Shift, AE Lock
Exposure Compensation Still Images: ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Videos: ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments (not available during shooting)
White Balance Control Auto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Underwater, Custom 1, Custom 2
* Camera automatically sets the optimal ISO speed according to shooting mode.
Built-in Flash Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
- Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect.
Flash Range 1.6 ft. - 23 ft. (W), 1.6 - 7.5 ft. (T) (50cm - 7m (W), (50cm - 2.3m (T))
Image brightness may diminish depending on the shooting distance.
Recycling Time 10 sec. or less (battery voltage: 3.7 V)
Flash Exposure Compensation +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Modes C, M, Av, Tv, P, Auto, Movie Digest, SCN*1, Creative Filters*2, Movie*3
- Shooting movies is possible with the movie button
*1 Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter*4, High-Speed Burst HQ, Handheld NightScene, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist
*2 High Dynamic Range, Nostalgic, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap
*3 Standard, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie
*4 Smile, Wink Self-timer, Face Self-timer
Photo Effects My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color *
*Adjustment of contrast sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue and skin tone are available
Self Timer Approx. 10-sec. delay/approx. 2-sec. delay/custom*
*Delay time (0-15 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.
Wireless Control Not available
Continuous Shooting 1) Normal: Approx. 2.1 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Approx. 10 shots/sec.* (in High-Speed Burst HQ)
2) AF: Approx. 0.9 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Approx. 4.4 shots/sec.* (in High-Speed Burst HQ)
3) LV: Approx. 0.9 shots/sec. (in P mode)
- Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically.
- Differs depending on the zoom position.
* Maximum continuous capture is 10 frames.
File Format Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Image Recording Format Superfine / Fine
JPEG Compression Mode Still Image: Exif. 2.3 (JPEG)
Video: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels Still Images:
1) 16:9 - Large: 4000 x 2248; Medium 1: 2816 x 1584; Medium 2: 1920 x 1080; Small: 640 x 360; RAW: 4000 x 2248
2) 3:2 - Large: 4000 x 2664; Medium 1: 2816 x 1880; Medium 2: 1600 x 1064; Small: 640 x 424; RAW: 4000 x 2664
3) 4:3 - Large: 4000 x 3000; Medium 1: 2816 x 2112; Medium 2: 1600 x 1200; Small: 640 x 480; Raw: 4000 x 3000
4) 1:1 - Large: 2992 x 2992; Medium 1: 2112 x 2112; Medium 2: 1200 x 1200; Small: 480 x 480; RAW: 2992 x 2992
5) 4:5 - Large: 2400 x 3000; Medium 1: 1696 x 2112; Medium 2: 960 x 1200; Small: 384 x 480; RAW: 2400 x 3000
Full HD 1920 x 1080: 24 fps (23.976)
HD 1280 x 720: 30 fps (29.97)
iFrame Movie HD 1280 x 720: 30 fps (29.97)
Movie Digest HD 1280 x 720: 30 fps (29.97)
Miniature Effect HD 1280 x 720: 6 fps / 3 fps / 1.5 fps
Miniature Effect 640 x 480: 6 fps / 3 fps / 1.5 fps
Super Slow Motion Movie 640 x 480: 120 fps
Super Slow Motion Movie 320 x 240: 240 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps (29.97)
Number of Recordable Images
File Size (KB)
File Size (KB)
Medium 1 (M1)
Medium 2 (M2)
File Size (KB)
File Size (KB)
Medium 1 (M1)
Medium 2 (M2)
File Size (KB)
Medium 1 (M1)
Medium 2 (M2)
Note: SF=Superfine F=Fine
*The approximate number of images recordable on memory cards other than the above can be calculated by using the above figures as a reference and extrapolating accordingly.
Time of Recordable Movies
iFrame Movie, Movie Digest Mode*1
HD: 1280 x 720
HD: 1280 x 720
640 x 480
Movie Size (KB/sec.)
27 min. 39 sec.
3 hrs. 35 min. 27 sec.
6 hrs. 49 min. 22 sec.
11 hrs. 22 min. 17 sec.
7 hrs. 34 min. 51 sec.
13 hrs. 38 min. 45 sec.
22 hrs. 44 min. 36 sec.
1 hr. 51 min. 37 sec.
14 hrs. 29 min. 36 sec.
27 hrs. 32 min. 15 sec.
45 hrs. 53 min. 45 sec.
30 hrs. 35 min. 50 sec.
55 hrs. 04 min. 31 sec.
91 hrs. 47 min. 32 sec.
Super Slow Motion Movie
640 x 480
320 x 240
Full HD: 1920 x 1080
HD: 1280 x 720
640 x 480
Movie size (KB/sec.)
26 min. 24 sec.
52 min. 28 sec.
29 min. 39 sec.
42 min. 11 sec.
1 hr. 28 min. 59 sec.
1 hr. 46 min. 35 sec.
3 hrs. 31 min. 49 sec.
1 hr. 59 min. 43 sec.
2 hrs. 50 min. 19 sec.
5 hrs. 59 min. 10 sec.
*1Movie Digest refers to the created movie.
*2Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.
*3Playback frame rate is 30 fps*2.
*4Actual frame rate is 23.976 fps.
Playback Modes File Stills & Videos:
Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Index Continuous Display, Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition Effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Movie Digest, Slideshow (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)
Single, Index, Magnification (2-10x), Switch to other images while zoomed, Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Photobook Setup, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Face ID info, Focus Check, Histogram, RGB Histogram, Location Information, Overexposure Warning
Normal Playback*1, Slow Motion, Skip Backward*2, Previous Frame*3, Next Frame*3, Skip Forward*2, Erase chapters, Editing
Using the software included with the camera (ImageBrowser EX), there are 8 levels (1/8x to 1x) of playback speed for Super Slow Motion Movies possible on a computer.
*1 Audio settings available in 5 levels
*2 Approximately 4 seconds
*3 Slow motion available
Erase Modes Select Image, Select Range, Select All Images
- The image data in the memory card stored with the Design rule for Camera File systems format can be erased (however, protected images cannot be erased).
- Using the Movie editing function, sections of the movie can be deleted.
Video Out NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Audio Out Stereo (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Other SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers
Power Source Battery Pack NB-5L, Compact Power Adapter CA-DC10 (included with AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC30)
Shooting Capacity Still Image: approx. 200 shots*
Playback Time Approx. 4 hours
Operating Temperature 32-104°F/0-40°C
Operating Humidity 10-90%
Dimensions (W x H x D) 3.89 x 2.32 x 1.06 in. / 98.8 x 59.0 x 26.9mm
Weight 6.98 oz. / 198g (CIPA standard)
6.10 oz. / 173g (camera only)
All data are based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice.
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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
This camera is pretty ridiculously awesome. Takes great night pictures and has lots of very good modes for image capture. Not sure about the video yet, but the images come out very vivid and crisp. The camera itself is very fast to respond, however it chews batteries pretty fast. Luckily there are cheap batteries you could buy here on Amazon and elsewhere, and they all charge super fast, so i'd recommend getting two or three more for image posterity. This camera has the coveted HDR feature, naturally though, the camera has to be very still for the series of images it takes, so i recommend a small tri-pod. It takes a couple seconds then to combine them, like any other camera on HDR function. Haven't had any lens issues, but if i do i'll certainly post here about it.. that was my only concern when buying this camera. A lot of people complained about the flash popping out where naturally a person holds their left index finger on the camera; hindrance at first, but with a little brain effort it isn't that difficult to simply not put your finger on the one tiny spot anymore. So far i love this camera. If something changes i'll complain to the messes here.
February 6, 2013
buy spare batteries!
This camera takes great pics and Raw mode was a prerequisite to me purchasing, as its the 2.0 aperture. I only have 2 complaints. I think the camera is way too complex and overloaded with features, like watching for a babies smile to snap a picture, etc. I think these features are ridiculous, although I'm sure somebody likes them. The booth drawback though is the very bad battery life, not to mention the price of spares. Besides these issues, it takes very nice photos in a very small footprint.
December 21, 2012