Canon Powershot S110 Review
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A new digital signal processing IC in the PowerShot S110 enables high-speed image processing and rapid data transfer through the cameras' USB interface. Due to the new digital signal processing IC, the S110's movie clip processing speed is approximately 2.7 times faster that other models in its class. The PowerShot S110 also features a 2X (equivalent to 35-70mm in the 35mm format) f/2.8-4.0 all-glass aspherical lens, 3-point autofocus, and continuous shooting at 2.5 frames per second. The new camera measures 3.5 (W) x 2.3 (H) x 1.0 (D)-inches and weighs approximately 6.8 ounces.
The PowerShot S110 features a 1/2.7-inch, 2.1 megapixel CCD sensor that creates full color or black-and-white images up to 1600x1200 pixels when set to the camera's Large resolution mode. The camera also offers additional resolution settings of 1024x768 and 640x480 when set in the Middle or Small modes, which are ideal for on-screen applications, such as Web sites and CD-ROMs and allow more images to be recorded on a single CompactFlash memory card. The new camera is compatible with Type I CompactFlash Cards and will be shipped with an 8MB CF card.
The new PowerShot S110 is supplied with the following standard accessories: 8MB CompactFlash Card, Lithium-Ion Battery Pack NB-1L, Battery Charger CB-2LS, Interface Cable IFC-200PCU, AV Cable AVC-DC200, Wrist Strap WS-110, User's Guide, Software Starter Guide & System Map, Canon U.S.A., Inc. Limited Warranty, Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk v5.0 (for Mac & PC), & ArcSoft Camera Suite Software Disk (for Mac & PC). The PowerShot S110 digital camera will be available in June and have a suggested retail price of $599.
Is that really a digital camera hiding behind that credit card?
The only real physical difference between the PowerShot S100 and the new S110 is the nameplate and the addition of a small microphone on the front.
The bright 1.5" color LCD uses energy-efficient white LEDs for backlight illumination and has a non-reflective coating that reduces fingerprint and nose smears. The user controls are minimal but highly functional. Except for the power button, the shutter release and the zoom lever on the top, all other controls are located on the back below the LCD. The slide switch (upper right) lets you quickly switch between record and play modes.
You access the onscreen menu to go from the Automatic (default) record mode to the Manual, Stitch Assist panorama or Movie mode. In Manual mode you can change the EV compensation, the White Balance, the Image Size/Quality or enable the B&W mode. See page two for all the details.
The lever that controls the zoom lens in record mode works as the index and zoomed playback control in Play mode. The Power button must be depressed for more than a second to prevent accidental powerups. Below the shutter release is the slide lever to select record or play mode.
On the bottom is a metal tripod socket and the battery access door. When mounted on a tripod the camera does not need to be removed to change the battery.
All of the Digital ELPH's I/O is handled through one port. Cables are supplied for Video Out and USB data connections.
The PowerShot S110 is equipped with a Type I CompactFlash card slot and comes with an 8MB CF card. It uses the same type of ejector mechanism as the S20 and S10 cameras so be ready to catch the card as it really "pops out" when the button is pressed.
The S110 comes with a new Canon NB-1L 3.7v 680mAh lithium rechargeable battery pack and a 110/240V CB-2L 2-hour rapid charger (N. America) that plugs directly in the wall.
Because of the Digital ELPH's small size it's very easy to take it with you wherever you go. Here it is compared to the pocket-size Fuji 6800 Zoom.
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PowerShot S110 Specifications
|Image sensor :||Approx. 2.11 million-pixel 1/ 2.7 in. charge-coupled device|
(effective pixels: approx. 2.02 million)
|Lens :||5.4 (W) - 10.8 (T) mm (35 mm film equivalent: 35- 70 mm)|
F2.8 (W) - 4.0 (T)
|Digital Zoom :||Maximum 2.5x (Maximum 5.0x with optical zoom)|
|Optical Viewfinder :||Primary imaging real-image optical zoom viewfinder|
|LCD monitor :||Approx. 120,000-pixel, 1.5 in. low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT LCD|
|Autofocus :||Through the lens (TTL), 3-point artificial intelligence autofocus (AiAF)|
|Focusing Range :
(from tip of the lens barrel)
|Shutter :||Mechanical + electronic|
|Shutter Speed :||1 - 1/1500 sec.|
* 1 sec. in manual mode with the flash off or in slow synchro mode
* Noise reduction processing on speeds slower than 1/6 sec.
|Sensitivity :||ISO 100 equivalent (automatically raised to ISO 150 in low light)|
|Light Metering Method :||Evaluative metering (linked to focusing point)|
|Exposure Control :||Program AE|
|Exposure Compensation :||+-2 EV (1/3 steps)|
|White Balance :||TTL auto/ preset (daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent)|
|Flash :||Red-eye reduction auto/ auto/ on/ off/ slow-synchro|
|Flash Range :||
|Shooting Modes :||Auto/ manual/ stitch assist/ movie|
|Self-Timer :||Shoots after approx. 10 sec.|
|Continuous Shooting :||Approx. 2.5 images/sec. (Large/ Fine mode, LCD monitor off)|
|PC Connected Shooting :||Available (USB connection only. Exclusive software program RemoteCapture is included in the camera kit.)|
|Recording Media :||CompactFlashTM card (Type I)|
|File Format :||Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF compliant|
|Image Recording Format :||
|Compression :||Superfine/ fine/ normal|
|Replay Modes :||Single image replay/ index replay (9 thumbnails)/ zoomed view (LCD monitor zooms images up to 2.5 times)/ auto play/ printing with Card Photo Printer CP-10 (print images directly)|
AV OUT (NTSC or PAL switchable, monophonic sound)
|Power Source :||
|Operating Temperatures :||0 - 40 degrees C (32 - 104 degrees F)|
|Operating Humidity :||10 - 90 %|
|Dimensions (W x H x D) :||87 x 57 x 26.9 mm (3.4 x 2.4 x 1.1 in.)|
(excluding lens projection)
|Weight :||Approx. 190 g (6.7 oz.) excluding batteries and CF Card|
PowerShot S110 Package Contents
Image Browsing Software
Image Synthesis Software
Camera Remote Capture Software
Image Editing Software
Movie Editing Software
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