Canon Powershot A1100 IS Review
By Mike Flacy
Features & Controls
The A1100 IS features a 4X (35-140mm in the 35mm format) f/2.7-5.6 all-glass aspherical zoom lens. When the camera is powered down the lens is retracted inside of the body and a built in cover closes to completely protect the glass of the lens.
With Canon's Optical Image Stabilization technology (OIS), users have the flexibility of actually shooting at shutter speeds 2-3 stops lower than would otherwise be possible. This camera features multi-mode Image Stabilization - users can choose between Continuous IS (always active), Panning IS (active when vertical camera shake is detected) and a "Shoot Only" IS mode (active when the shutter is pressed all the way.)
An advanced TTL AiAF 9-point autofocus system permits the camera to automatically select the primary subject even when off-center. The focusing range is:
The built in flash offers Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro. Flash range is 12. in. (30cm) - 13 ft. (4m) in wide angle, 12 in. (30cm) - 6.6 ft. (2.0m) in telephoto (using ISO Auto).
On the top you'll find the On/Off button, the shutter release with the zoom lens control lever mounted around it, and the Mode Dial. In playback mode the zoom lever functions as the index and magnified image control. The Mode Dial with positions for: Program, Auto, Easy, Portrait, Landscape, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Special Scene (Night Scene, Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, ISO 3200, Long Shutter), and Movie.
Using the 115,000 dot LCD screen; you can frame, view and edit your images. Pressing the DISP. button changes the amount of information that is shown.
The real-image optical viewfinder is your alternative to framing your images with the LCD screen. To the left are two indication lights that tells you the status of the camera by showing different colored lights: Green - focused without flash/blinking - recording or reading, Orange - focus with flash/blinking - camera shake warning, Yellow - Macro mode/blinking - can't focus.
Controls on the back: At the top right is the Play / Record switch and the built-in speaker. The Print/Share button speeds and simplifies printing to Direct Print and PictBridge compliant printers, as well as transferring images to your PC. It can also be programmed to control one of many features that does not already have a shortcut. To the left of that is the Face Selection button, allowing the camera to concentrate and give priority to a selected face. The 4-way controller seen here is used to navigate menus and select images during playback, the FUNC./SET button accepts menu selections. In record mode you press "Up" to change Exposure Comp. settings, "Down" select burst mode or the timer, "Left" selects the macro focus and "Right" changes the flash settings. The FUNCtion/SET button also calls up the Function shortcut menu. This gives access to many settings such as: exposure compensation, white balance, My Colors, image quality, and image size. The DISPlay button turns the color LCD on/off and controls the amount of data displayed on it. The MENU button calls up and dismisses the menu screens.
The I/O ports: AV Out handles monaural audio and video to connect to a TV set with the supplied cable.
The DIGITAL port connects USB 2.0 (high-speed) to the computer for download and camera control with the RemoteCapture software. It also allows for Direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer, Canon Card Photo Printer or Bubblejet Direct photo printers.
DC INput jack for an optional AC power supply.
The Powershot A1100 IS is equipped with a card slot that supports use of SD/SDHC, MMC/MMC+, and HC MMC+ memory cards. Canon supplies a 128MB SD card with the camera. Shown here with an RiDATA Pro 120x 2GB SD card - see the tables below for the approximate storage capacity.
Approx. Storage Capacities:
The camera may be powered by two standard AA-type batteries, alkaline or NiMH (nickel metal hydride) cells. Canon claims with AA Alkaline batteries you can capture approx. 140 shots (LCD On), and 360 minutes of continuous playback time. With NiMH cells Canon claims approx. 350 shots (LCD on), and 480 minutes of continuous playback time. Check out our NiMH rechargeable battery page for more info on NiMH battery types.
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