Canon Powershot SX110 IS Review

First Look posted 10/24/2008
Conclusion and samples posted 10/29/2008

Click to take a QTVR tour of the SX110 IS

The Canon Powershot SX110 IS is the successor to the PowerShot SX100 IS from 2007. With a 10x optical zoom lens featuring built-in Optical Image Stabilizer (IS), Advacned Face detection, DIGIC III processor and a 3.0-inch LCD, this compact super-zoom is packed with high-end features. Canon desinged the SX110 IS for parents that are looking for an afforable and compact model that offers point-n-shoot simplicity with great zooming capabilities. The SX110 IS is available in two stylish colors, Silver or Black.

The PowerShot SX110 IS boasts a powerful 10x optical zoom lens with built-in Optical Image Stabilization (IS) technology, which enables users to capture images with great flexibility, minimizing motion blur. This system uses Canon's sophisticated gyroscopic sensors to detect vertical and horizontal movements, then moves the lens accordingly to compensate for such movement, which offers maximized stabilility and focus when using the telephoto capabilities of this camera.

Canon Powershot SX110 IS

Canon equiped the PowerShot SX110 with enhanced Face Detection technology and a Face Selector button, along with the new Face Color skin tone optimizing function, which allows users to capture the sharpest and brightest portraits. Furthermore, with the new Easy exposure mode, this camera allows beginners to capture great image, reguardless of past experience.

With Canon's innovative DIGIC III image processing engine, the SX110 IS offers robust performance with faster start-up times, shorter processing intervals, and fast and accurate Autofocus. This will ensure users are able to capture sharp images, not matter what situation arrises.

This light-weight model incorporates a 3-inch "wide view" LCD monitor with 5 levels of brightness adjustment, reduced anlges with reflect light, and over 230,000 pixels of resolution. All together, these features will allow the user to frame subjects, browse the menu or review images without any hassle, even in bright sunlight.

Powershot SX110 IS Features:

  • 9-Megapixel CCD for images up to 3456x2592
  • Canon 10x zoom (36-360mm equiv.) with Optical Image Stabilization
  • Macro closeup focus to 0.39 inches!
  • Widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio for HDTV display
  • Large 3.0-inch color LCD with with 230K pixels and 100% frame coverage
  • Program AE, Shutter-priority, Aperture-priority, full Manual
  • Full Auto plus 14 pre-prgrammed Scene modes (including all new Easy mode)
  • Movie mode w/sound, 640x480 or 320x240 (30fps) up to 4GB or 60 minutes per clip
  • Shutter speeds from 15 secs to 1/2500 sec in Tv and Manual mode.
  • Evaluative, Center-weighted average or Spot Metering
  • 1.2 frames per second continuous shooting
  • ISO sensitivity: Auto, High ISO Auto or 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 presets
  • Built-in flash with Auto, Fill, Red-eye reduction and Slow-sync modes
  • SD/SDHC/MMC memory card compatible, 32MB included
  • Powered by two standard AA type batteries
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed data transfer to host computer
  • PictBridge and Canon Direct Print compatible

The PowerShot SX110 IS digital camera is available now for an estimated selling price of US$279.99. It ships with: two Alkaline AA batteries, 32MB SD memory card, USB interface cable, AV cable, wrist strap and Canon's software suite.

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Canon Powershot SX110 IS

Canon Powershot SX110 IS

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Canon Powershot SX110 IS

Canon Powershot SX110 IS

Canon Powershot SX110 IS

The Powershot SX110 IS and a standard CD for size comparison

Powershot SX110 IS Specifications

Type of Camera
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 10x Optical/4x Digital/40x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer System
Image Capture Device
9.0 Megapixel, 1/2.3 inch type Charge Coupled Device (CCD)
Total Pixels
Approx. 10.3 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 9.0 Megapixels
Focal Length
6.0-60mm f/2.8-4.3 (35mm film equivalent: 36-360mm)
Digital Zoom
Focusing Range
Normal: 1.6 ft./50cm-infinity (W), 3.3 ft./1m-infinity (T)
Macro: 0.39 in.-1.6 ft./1-50cm (W)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus
Viewfinder & Monitor
LCD Monitor
3.0-inch low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT color LCD with wide viewing angle
LCD Pixels
Approx. 230,000 pixels
LCD Coverage
Aperture and Shutter
Maximum Aperture
f/2.8 (W) - f/4.3 (T)
Shutter Speed
15-1/2500 sec. (settable in Tv and M)
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/linked to AF frame
Exposure Control Method
Program AE, Manual; AE Lock, Program Shift, Safety Shift, Auto ISO Shift
Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
White Balance
White Balance Control
Auto, Preset (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash), Custom
Built-in Flash
Auto, Auto w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash On, Flash On w/ Red-eye Reduction, Flash Off; FE lock, Safety FE, Slow Synchro
Flash Range
1.6-9.8 ft./50cm-3.0m (W), 3.3-6.6 ft./1.0-2.0m (T) (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto)
Recycling Time
12 sec. or less (battery voltage=3.0V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Specifications
Shooting Modes
Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, Easy, Portrait, Landscape, Special Scene (Foliage, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Fireworks, Aquarium, Night Scene, ISO 3200), Indoor, Kids & Pets, Night Snapshot, Movie
Photo Effects
My Colors
Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Custom
Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay, Custom
Wireless Control
Continuous Shooting
Normal: approx. 1.2 fps; AF: approx. 0.7 fps; LV: approx. 0.7 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: 3,456 x 2,592 (Large), 2,816 x 2,112 (Medium 1), 2,272 x 1,704 (Medium 2), 1,600 x 1,200 (Medium 3), 640 x 480 (Small), 3,456 x 1,944 (Widescreen) Movie: 640 x 480 (30 fps/30 fps LP), 320 x 240 (30 fps) available up to 4GB or 60 minutes per clip, 160 x 120 (15fps) up to 3 minutes per clip
Number of Recordable Images
Large (L) Medium 1 (M1) Medium 2 (M2)
File Size (KB) 3,888 2,302 1,100 2,720 1,620 780 2,002 1,116 556
32MB 7 12 26 10 17 37 14 26 52
2GB 499 841 1,707 714 1,181 2,363 960 1,707 3,235
8GB 1,996 3,364 6,822 2,855 4,723 9,446 3,837 6,822 12,927

Medium 3 (M3) Small (S) Widescreen (W)
File Size (KB) 1,002 558 278 249 150 84 2,946 1,727 825
32MB 29 52 99 111 171 270 9 16 35
2GB 1,862 3,235 6,146 6,830 10,245 15,368 653 1,117 2,276
8GB 7,442 12,927 24,562 27,291 40,937 61,406 2,612 4,465 9,096
Time of Recordable Movies
Standard, Color Accent, Color Swap Compact
640 x 480 320 x 240 160 x 120
30 fps 30 fps LP 30 fps 15 fps
32MB 15 sec. 30 sec. 43 sec. 3 min. 30 sec.
2GB 16 min. 47 sec. 33 min. 02 sec. 46 min. 33 sec. 3 hr. 24 min. 54 sec.
8GB 1 hr. 07 min. 06 sec. 2 hr. 12 min. 03 sec. 3 hr. 06 min. 04 sec. 13 hr. 38 min. 45 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 Category, Transition Effects, Histogram, Index (9 thumbnails), Over Exposure Warning, Slide Show, Red-eye Correction, Resize, Image Inspection Tool, Easy
Movie: Normal Playback, Special Playback, Auto Rotate, Resume, Easy
Erasing Specifications
Erase Modes
Still Image: single image, all images
Movie: any movie file
Computer Interface
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack)
Video Out
Audio Out
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. AA-size Alkaline Battery (x2)
2. Rechargeable AA-size Ni-MH Battery (x2)
3. AC Adapter Kit ACK800 (optional)
Shooting Capacity
Still Image: approx. 220 shots (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 450 shots (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)*
*LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when fully-charged batteries are used.
Playback Time
Approx. 300 min. (AA-size Alkaline Battery), approx. 480 min. (AA-size Ni-MH Battery)
Physical Specifications
Operating Temperature
Operating Humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD)
4.35 x 2.77 x 1.76 in./110.6 x 70.4 x 44.7mm
Approx. 8.64 oz./245g (camera body only)
(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)

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