The Canon PowerShot S110 features a 12.1-Megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS imaging sensor. Optimized for compact cameras, the sensor provides increased low-light performance and sensitivity for improved image quality, thanks partially to it large size (1/1.7-inch) when compared to most compact cameras. Assisting the image sensor is Canon's Digic 5 image processor. Providing the camera with exceptional power and performance, it increases noise reduction and burst speeds while also allowing special shooting modes and higher ISO speeds.
The PowerShot S110's 5x optical zoom lens has a 35mm equivalent of 24-120mm with a maximum aperture of f/2.0-5.9. This gives the camera excellent low-light capabilities and very shallow depth of field at the wide end of the zoom range. Also included in this lens is Canon's Intelligent IS optical image stabilization.
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)
Popping out of the top of the camera, the small, built-in flash unit has a maximum range of up to 23ft. (W, ISO Auto) It operates in the standard on, off, auto and slow synch modes and in conjunction with the camera's face detection system for portrait shots. It recycles in 10 seconds or less and has adjustable exposure compensation of ±2 stops in 1/3 increments. The flash will pop up automatically when in Auto mode, or when you turn the flash to On.
Framing and viewing your images is accomplished with the 3.0-inch, capacitive touch, 461,000 dot PureColor LCD screen. Similar to that of a cell phone or tablet, the screen allows for one or two finger actions to scroll though images or zoom in and out. Touch shutter release and focus tracking is also available as well as selecting camera settings. Its 5 levels of brightness make it easy to see in all lighting conditions, including bright sunlight.
Looking at the top of the camera, we can see that there a few controls, but for the most part Canon has kept it simple. On the left side, you can see the outline of where the flash pops up. On the right we have the power button, shutter release with coupled zoom control and the mode dial. There is also a light that shows you when the built-in Wi-Fi is active.
With the lens closed, you can see the front control dial that is coupled around the lens. This dial gives you control over one pre-set camera control by rotating the ring. It gives you an old fashioned feel when operating the camera while keeping the body of the camera simple and clean. The setting this dial controls depends on the exposure mode you are using.
Controls on Back: With the touch screen, the physical controls have been kept to a minimum. At the top is a setting for the front ring function next to the video recording button. Under that is the 4-way controller that provides shortcuts to the exposure compensation, flash, DISP. settings and Macro/Manual Focus settings when in shooting mode. In the middle is the FUNC./Set button. Around the 4-way controller is a selection dial that provides fast and easy selection of menu items and various camera settings depending on the shooting mode. At the bottom are the playback and menu buttons.
The I/O ports:
At the top is the a combination port that handles both the standard definition Audio/Video output as well as USB 2.0 (high-speed) connectivity to a computer for downloading files or Direct printing to any PictBridge compatible printer. The operation of this port is determined by which of the supplied cables you insert into it.
At the bottom you can see the HDMI output port, which when used with the optional HTC-100 HDMI cable, allows you to connect your G1X to a HDTV set (you can also use the supplied cables to connect to a HDTV at standard definition resolution).
Storing your images is done with an SD style memory card. This camera is compatible with SD,SDHC and SDXC cards, letting you use the biggest and fastest cards available. The S110 is shown here with a SanDisk Extreme Pro Class 10, UHS-1 8GB SDHC card.
Powering the S110 is a 3.7V, 1120mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. While this is a larger capacity battery, the powerful Digic 5 image processor, built-in Wi-Fi and high res. touch screen take up a lot of power, allowing the camera to only capture approx. 200 images on a single charge. Also shown here is the portable quick charger, which makes having a spare battery charged and ready a snap.