Canon Powershot SD1100 IS Review

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Canon Powershot SD1100 IS

Review posted 4/2/2008


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The Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH is offered in five fashionable colors, allowing users to express their creativity and uniqueness. This feature-rich, pocket-sized, 8.0 megapixel, optically image stabilized digital camera is firmly rooted in the traditions of photo excellence and imaging innovation that Canon is known for.

Adding to the camera's versatility is a sharp and fast 3x optical zoom lens (38-114mm equivalent opening up to f/2.8 at wide-angle settings and f/4.9 at telephoto settings). The SD1100 IS also features Canon's advanced Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) system that significantly reduces the image-blurring effects of camera shake by shifting the lens to compensate for the movement. Canon's OIS technology is proven effective for extended telephoto shots as well as low-light shooting conditions and helps users get the best possible picture quality every time.

This new PowerShot camera also features the latest and most advanced generation of Canon's Genuine Face Detection technology, thus ensuring that up to nine forward-looking faces in the frame are in focus and properly exposed, with or without flash. In addition to focus and exposure control, the SD1100 IS's Face Detection feature captures truer, more accurately lit skin tones (and hence more beautifully rendered pictures) thanks to Canon's improved face detection white balance.

The "brain" in every new Canon digital camera is Canon's proprietary DIGIC III imaging processor. This exclusive chip is responsible for the cameras' higher performance levels including faster start up, faster autofocus and quicker shutter response times that leave long lag competitors far behind. What's more, DIGIC III improves both the image quality and the cameras' power consumption, extending the battery life under typical shooting conditions.

The SD1100 IS offers users a choice of 18 shooting modes including a fully automatic mode that makes this camera a true point-and-shoot; a semi-automatic "Camera M" mode which allows access to features such as Exposure Compensation and White Balance adjustments that Full Auto mode does not, as well as a plethora of scene selection modes - including Sunset mode - that optimize image results under a variety of shooting conditions.

Canon's precise 9-point Autofocus system along with the new AF-Point Zoom feature work together with Face Detection Technology to allow users to double check the facial expressions of their subjects, when shooting under more challenging conditions. After activating the feature in the camera's menu, the AF-Point Zoom can be engaged simply by pressing the shutter button halfway.

While the face detection algorithm automatically prioritizes up to nine human faces in a scene, it can also be instructed via the Face Select and Track function to lock on to a single face in the crowd, ensuring that the chosen countenance is finely focused, no matter where it appears in the frame. Additionally, a new Motion Detection function linked to the camera's High ISO Auto mode improves image clarity by raising ISO speeds (and shutter speeds) for fast-moving subjects or lowering ISO speeds to reduce noise when the subject is stationary. These automatic advances provide even more ways for the PowerShot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH camera to optimize picture quality with seamless ease.

Streamlining the image review process, Canon's Intelligent Orientation Sensor determines whether a scene is being shot as a vertical or horizontal image and automatically adjusts it for quick and easy review on the camera's bright, 230,000-pixel 2.5-inch Pure Color LCD II screen. The Image Inspection Tool feature zooms in on faces automatically during playback to make it even easier to check facial expressions. The new camera also features Canon's newly developed Automatic Red Eye Correction that engages in the shooting mode, minimizing the need for correction before printing or sharing images. As an added convenience, the PowerShot SD1100 IS is compatible with MMC, MMC+ and HC MMC+ memory cards as well as standard SD and SDHC memory cards.


Powershot SD1100 IS Features:

  • 8.0 Megapixel CCD sensor for up to 3264 x 2448 pixel images
  • 3x optical 38-114mm (35mm equivalent) zoom
  • Optical Image Stabilization (IS) technology
  • Large 2.5" color LCD with 230,000 pixels
  • Widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio for HDTV display
  • Ultra-compact and durable stainless steel body (3.42 x 2.16 x 0.87 in.)
  • Advanced TTL AiAF 9-point autofocus system with focus-assist lamp
  • Canon's Face Detection AF/AE/FE technology with AF-Point Zoom feature
  • Auto, Scene and Camera M (Program) exposure modes
  • Continuous 1.3fps shooting until memory is full
  • Movie mode w/sound 30 640x480/320x240 up to 4GB
  • Evaluative metering on focus point or Spot
  • Exposure compensation: +/-2EV in 1/3-step increments
  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets or Custom
  • Various My Colors digital Photo Effects (10 presets or custom)
  • Shutter speeds of 15 seconds to 1/1500 second
  • Auto noise reduction with 1.3 sec or longer shutter speeds
  • Selectable ISO settings from 80 to 1600
  • Voice memo (up to 60 secs) can be attached to images
  • Intelligent Orientation Sensor
  • Built-in microphone and speaker
  • Lithium rechargeable battery and charger included
  • Direct print and PictBridge Compliant
  • High-speed USB 2.0 connectivity for PC and Mac
  • SD/SDHC and MMC/MMC+/HC MMC+ card storage, 32MB SD card supplied


The Powershot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH is available now, and comes in five colors. The camera kit includes a battery pack and charger, a 32MB SD Memory card, a USB interface cable, an AV cable, a wrist strap, and Canon's software suite. Each kit carries an estimated retail price of US$249.99



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Canon Powershot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH

Canon Powershot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH

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Canon Powershot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH

Canon Powershot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH





Canon Powershot SD1100 IS Digital ELPH

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PowerShot SD1100 IS Specifications

Type of Camera
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 3x Optical/4x Digital/12x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System
Image Capture Device
Type
8.0 Megapixel, 1/2.5 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels
Approx. 8.3 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 8.0 Megapixels
Lens
Focal Length
6.2-18.6mm f/2.8-4.9 (35mm film equivalent: 38-114mm)
Digital Zoom
4x
Focusing Range
Normal: 12 in./30cm-infinity
Macro: 1.2 in.-1.6 ft./3-50cm (W), 1.2 in.-1.6 ft./3-50cm (T)
Digital Macro: 1.2-3.9 in./3-10cm (W)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus
Viewfinder & Monitor
Viewfinder
Real image optical zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor
2.5-inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle (PureColor LCD II)
LCD Pixels
Approx. 230,000 pixels
LCD Coverage
100%
Aperture and Shutter
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8 (W) - f/4.9 (T)
Shutter Speed
15-1/1500 sec.; Long Shutter operates with noise reduction when manually set at 1.3-15 sec.
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity
Auto, High ISO Auto, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 equivalent (Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index)
Light Metering Method
Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
* Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF
** Metering frame is fixed to the center
Exposure Control Method
Program AE; AE Lock
Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance
White Balance Control
Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H), Custom
Flash
Built-in Flash
Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Auto Red-eye Correction, Flash On, Flash Off; FE lock, Slow Synchro
Flash Range
12 in.-11 ft./30cm-3.5m (W), 12 in.-6.6 ft./30cm-2.0m (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
Recycling Time
10 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.7V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Specifications
Shooting Modes
Auto, Camera M, Portrait, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Underwater, Indoor, Kids & Pets) Night Snapshot, Color Accent, Color Swap, Digital Macro, Stitch Assist, Movie
Photo Effects
My Colors
Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom
Self-Timer
Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom
Wireless Control
Not available
Continuous Shooting
Approx. 1.3 fps (Large/Fine)
Image Storage
Storage Media
SD/SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard, MMC Plus Card, HC MMC Plus Card
File Format
Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1
Image Compression
Normal, Fine, SuperFine
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
Movie: AVI (Image: Motion JPEG; Audio: WAVE (Monaural))
Number of Recording Pixels
Still Image: 3,264 x 2,448 (Large), 2,592 x 1,944 (Medium 1), 2,048 x 1,536 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3/Date Stamp), 640 x 480 (Small), 3,264 x 1,832 (Widescreen)
Movie: 640 x 480 (30 fps/30 fps LP), 320 x 240 (30 fps) available up to 4GB or 60 minutes, 640 x 480 (up to 2 hours at 0.5 fps/1 fps), 160 x 120 (up to 3 min. at 15 fps)
Number of Recordable Images
  Large (L) Medium 1 (M1) Medium 2 (M2)
SF F N SF F N SF F N
File Size (KB) 3,436 2,060 980 2,503 1,395 695 1,602 893 445
32MB 8 14 29 11 20 41 18 32 64
SDC-128M 35 59 123 49 87 173 76 136 269
SDC-512MSH 139 231 479 190 339 671 295 529 1,041

  Medium 3 (M3) Small (S) Widescreen (W)
SF F N SF F N SF F N
File Size (KB) 1,002 558 278 249 150 84 2,601 1,540 736
32MB 29 52 99 111 171 270 11 18 39
SDC-128M 121 217 411 460 711 1,118 47 79 166
SDC-512MSH 471 839 1,590 1,777 2,747 4,317 183 307 642
Time of Recordable Movies
  Standard, Color Accent, Color Swap Compact Time Lapse
640 x 480 320 x 240 160 x 120 640 x 480
30 fps 30 fps LP 30 fps 15 fps 1 sec. interval 2 sec. interval
Movie size (KB/sec.) 1,963 1,003 703 131 64 32
32MB 14 sec. 27 sec. 38 sec. 3 min. 09 sec. 7 min. 30 sec. 15 min. 00 sec.
SDC-128M 1 min. 01 sec. 1 min. 56 sec. 2 min. 42 sec. 13 min. 02 sec. 31 min. 45 sec. 1 hr. 3 min. 30 sec.
SDC-512MSH 3 min. 57 sec. 7 min. 30 sec. 10 min. 29 sec. 50 min. 21 sec. 3 hr. 3 min. 30 sec. 1 hr. 33 min. 00 sec.
Note: N=Normal F=Fine SF=SuperFine
Storage Capacity varies depending on camera settings. This data is estimated from Canon's standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of the particular media.
Playback Specifications
Playback Modes File
Still Image: Single, Magnification (approx. 2x-10x), Jump, Auto Rotate, Rotate, Resume, My Colors, My Category, Transition Effects, Histogram, Overexposure Warning, Index (9 thumbnails), Sound Memos, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, RAW, Trimming, Resize, Image Inspection Tool
Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Editing, Auto Rotate, Resume
Erasing Specifications
Erase Modes
Still Image: single image, select range, select by date, select by category, select by folder, all images
Movie: part of movie, all of movie
Interfaces
Computer Interface
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
Video Out
NTSC/PAL
Audio Out
Monaural
Other
Memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge-compatible printers via camera's USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable
Power Supply
Power Source
1. Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery NB-4L
2. AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC10 (optional)
Shooting Capacity
Still Image: approx. 240 shots (NB-4L)*
Playback Time
Approx. 360 min. (NB-4L)

* LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.

Physical Specifications
Operating Temperature
32-104°F/0-40°C
Operating Humidity
10-90%
Dimensions (W x H x D)
3.42 x 2.16 x 0.87 in./86.8 x 54.8 x 22.0mm
Weight
Approx. 4.41 oz./125g (camera body only)
(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)




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