Canon Powershot SD110 Review

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One of the smallest digital cameras to date with an optical zoom, the new Canon Powershot SD110 Digital ELPH maintains all of the features found on its predecessor, the SD100, including the use of ultra-compact SD memory cards, and adds a new Print/Share button that speeds and simplifies printing (to PictBrige and Direct Print compatible printers) and transferring images to your PC. Like the PowerShot SD100, the SD110 is the smallest and lightest of the Digital ELPH series. With its ultra-compact size and rugged stainless steel body, the SD110 represents the ultimate in portability, durability and elegance. And with its 3.2 megapixel resolution you can make photo-quality prints as large as 8 x 10 inches.

The SD110 is a pocket-sized digital photo powerhouse, measuring 3.3 x 2.2 x 0.9 in.(85x56x23.9mm) and weighing a mere 5.8 ounces without battery or SD card. It packs a 3.2 megapixel imager and a superb all-glass Canon 2x (35-70mm equivalent) optical zoom lens (with a cross-section smaller than a dime) and a close focusing capability of 3.9 inches in macro mode. The SD110 also features the same level of shooting options as the advanced PowerShot cameras and records high resolution 640 x 480 movies with sound up to 30 seconds and up to three minutes at lower 320 x 240 and 160 x 120 resolutions. The SD110 uses Canon's proprietary DIGIC Image Processor to achieve higher picture quality and improve existing camera features. In addition, the SD110 uses Canon's exclusive iSAPS (Intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space) technology to enhance the speed and performance of the camera's autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance functions while a 9-point AiAF autofocus system makes focusing quick and easy, even with off-center subjects.

Canon PowerShot SD110 Digital ELPH

The PowerShot SD110's Intelligent Orientation sensor detects whether an image has been recorded horizontally or vertically. During image playback, the sensor detects the proper orientation of each image, and previews them accordingly without the need to rotate the camera for image viewing. It also adjusts AF, AE and white balance accordingly. Similarly, when using the ZoomBrowser EX and ImageBrowser software included with the cameras, vertical and horizontal picture orientation is automatically detected and appropriately displayed.

PowerShot SD110 Features:

  • 3.2 Megapixel CCD sensor for up to 2048x1536 pixel images
  • 2x optical 35-70mm f/2.8-3.9 zoom
  • 1.5" color LCD with up to 10x playback zoom
  • Ultra-compact and durable stainless steel body (3.3 x 2.2 x 0.94 in.)
  • Advanced TTL AiAF 9-point autofocus system
  • Program AE automatic and Manual exposure modes
  • Movie mode w/sound 640x480 30 secs/320x240 3 minutes
  • 2.5fps Continuous exposure mode
  • Evaluative metering on focus point or Spot
  • Stitch Assist mode for perfect panoramas
  • Exposure compensation: +/-2EV in 1/3-step increments
  • White Balance: Auto, 5 presets or Custom
  • Photo Effects: Low Sharpening, Vivid Color, Neutral, Sepia and B&W
  • Low-light focus assist illuminator
  • Shutter speeds of 15 seconds to 1/2000 second
  • Auto noise reduction with 1.3 sec or longer shutter speeds
  • Selectable ISO settings from 50 to 400
  • 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
  • All new Print/Share button
  • USB connectivity for PC and Mac
  • Secure Digital (SD) card storage
  • Optional Waterproof Case

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Canon PowerShot SD110 Digital ELPH

Canon PowerShot SD110 Digital ELPH

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Canon PowerShot SD110 Digital ELPH

Canon PowerShot SD110 Digital ELPH

Canon PowerShot SD110 Digital ELPH

The SD110 compared to a standard CD disc.

Canon PowerShot SD110 Digital ELPH

The Canon PowerShot A75 and the ultra-compact PowerShot SD110

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PowerShot SD110 Specifications

Camera Effective Pixels Approx. 3.2 million
Image Sensor 1/2.7 in. CCD (Total number of pixels: approx. 3.3 million)
Lens · 5.4 (W)--10.8 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 35--70 mm)
· F2.8 (W)--3.9 (T)
Digital Zoom Maximum approx. 3.2x (Maximum approx. 6.4x with optical zoom)
Optical Viewfinder Real-image zoom viewfinder
LCD Monitor 1.5 in. low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD, Approx. 118,000 pixels
Autofocus TTL 9-point AiAF/TTL 1-point center AF, focus lock available
Shooting Distance (from the front of the lens) · Normal AF: 47 cm (1.5 ft.)--infinity
· Macro AF: 10--47 cm (3.9 in.--1.5 ft.) (W) 23--47 cm (9.1 in.--1.5 ft.) (T)
Shutter Mechanical shutter + electronic shutter
Shutter Speed 15-1/1500 sec.
· manual settings of 15--1 sec. possible in the long shutter mode
· Noise reduction processing on speeds between 15--1.3 sec.
Light Metering System Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot (Center)
Exposure Control Program AE
Exposure Compensation +/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Sensitivity Auto, ISO 50/100/200/400 equivalent
White Balance TTL auto/preset (daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent, fluorescent H) or custom white balance
Built-in Flash Auto/Red-eye reduction auto/on/off/slow-synchro
Flash Range · Normal : 47 cm--3.0 m (1.5--9.8 ft.) (W) 47 cm--2.0 m (1.5--6.7 ft.) (T)
· Macro : 27--47 cm (10.6 in.--1.5 ft.) (W/T)
Shooting Modes Auto/manual (stitch assist) movie
Continuous Shooting Approx. 2.2 images/sec. (Large/Fine mode, LCD monitor off)
Self-timer Shoots after approx. 10 sec. or approx. 2 sec.
PC Connected Shooting Available (USB connection only. Exclusive software program RemoteCapture is included in the camera kit.)
Recording Media SD memory card
File System Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF compliant
Image Recording Format · Still Images : JPEG (Exif 2.2)
· Movies : AVI (Image data : Motion JPEG Audio data : WAVE [monaural])
Compression Superfine/fine/normal
Number of Recording Pixels Still Images
· large : 2048 x 1536 pixels
·medium 1 : 1600 x 1200 pixels
·medium 2 : 1024 x 768 pixels
·small : 640 x 480 pixels

·640 x 480 pixels (Approx. 30 sec.) Approx. 15 frames/sec.
·320 x 240 pixels (Approx. 3 min.) Approx. 15 frames/sec.
·160 x 120 pixels (Approx. 3 min.) Approx. 15 frames/sec.

* The data in parentheses refer to the maximum movie length per shooting
Playback Modes Single image view, index view (9 thumbnails), magnified view (LCD monitor zooms images up to approx. 10x), slide show, Auto play or image output to Compact Photo (CP-300/CP-200/CP-100/CP-10) and Bubble Jet printers.
My Camera Settings (Customizing) Start-up image, start-up sound, shutter sound, operation sound and self-timer sound can be customized with the following procedures.

1. Using the images and sounds recorded on the camera.
2. Using the downloaded data from your computer using the supplied software.
Interface USB (mini-B, PTP [Picture Transfer Protocol]), Audio/Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable, Monaural audio)
Power Source · Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (type: NB-3L)
· AC Adapter Kit ACK500, Car Battery Charger CBC-NB1
Operating Temperature 0-40 °C (32-104 °F)
Operating Humidity 10-90%
(w x h x d)
85.0 x 56.0 x 23.9 mm (3.3 x 2.2 x 0.9 in.) (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 165 g (5.8 oz.) (camera body only)

Package Contents (U.S./N. America)

  • PowerShot SD110 Digital Camera
  • Wrist Strap WS-300
  • Battery Charger CB-2LU/2LUE
  • Battery Pack NB-3L
  • SD Card SDC-16M
  • Case for SD Card
  • AV Cable AVC-DC100
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-300PCU
  • Digital Camera Solution Disk
  • ArcSoft Camera Suite Disk
  • User Guides

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