Canon IXUS 110 IS Review

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Canon IXUS 110 IS Ease of Use 8
Features 8
Movie Mode 9
Build Quality9
Colours 8
Photo Quality 9
Style 9
Lowlight 9
Macro 9
Value for Money 8
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Overview

The Canon IXUS 110 IS is a very stylish pocket sized digital camera. It has 12 megapixels and a 4x, wide angle lens - great for squeezing in wide landscapes. It is also capable of shooting High Definition movies. Other features include image stabilisation and a 2.8 inch LCD screen.

Why Buy the Canon IXUS 110 IS

The quality of the photos it takes are as good as any pocket camera. On top of this you have a stylish design and the build quality is very good too.

Main Features

Megapixels:
Zoom:
LCD Screen:
Dimensions:
Weight:

12
4x
2.8 inches
97.9 x 54.1 x 22.1mm
145g

Macro:
HD Movies:
Manual Controls:
Batteries:
Memory Cards:

2cm
Yes
No
Lithium ion
SD/SDHC

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Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

There is plenty of detail in the shot as the camera overcomes any issues caused by sun glare. The colours remain true and I like the contrast offered by the blue sky and darker foliage.

This shot catches out many cameras with wide angles lenses. This is because the extreme distance of the shot is too much for the lenses to cope with. The IXUS 110 IS handles the shot well. This is one of the sharper wide landscape shots from this type of camera.

With the zoom fully extended there are no problems to report. You should be able to take sharp photos in most situations.

Out of all the compact camera manufacturers Canon routinely produce the best cameras when it comes to sharpness. With the IXUS 110 IS there is almost no drop off in sharpness as you move out towards the edges of the shot. Taking into account the size of the lens and the fact it is wide angle this is no mean feat.

Portraits

You should be able to take pleasing portrait shots with the IXUS 110 IS. My outdoor shot has a warm feel to it. This is helped by setting white balance to cloudy.

The skin tones are a little pink. A large part of the reason for this is that the photo was taken on a very hot day. This is a sharp photo and lighting is about right.

As with just about any compact digital camera, there is noise creeping into my indoor photo. It is an acceptable effort and the shot has a natural look to it.

Macro, Colours and Noise

Canon digital cameras take some of the best close up shots. The IXUS 110 IS does well in this test to. The only issue is you can get a reflection from the lens when getting in very close to reflective objects.

Colours are strong throughout my test shots without going overboard. The scenic shots show vivid blue skies and the green in the foliage shows up well too.

Noise levels are roughly standard. If you are using high ISO settings the darker areas of any photo is likely to show plenty of noise with the colours starting to break down.

Summary

When it comes to picture quality the IXUS 110 IS is one of the best pocket cameras on the market. All of my tests shots were sharp. I also like the colours the camera produces.

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Style

With plenty of curves on view the IXUS 110 IS has some very stylish touches. You can choose between blue, silver, pink and gold versions.

Shutter Lag Times

Shutter Lag Rating Par

Single Shot
Five Shots
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash
Turn on Time

0.31 seconds
11.05 seconds
1.11 seconds
20.84 seconds
1.17 seconds


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Ease of Use

Ease of Use - Par I like the fact Canon has introduced some explanatory on screen notes to go with the functions the camera offers. Removing symbols from the back of the camera may help with looks, but it takes away a little guidance when you are getting started.

Points I Like

Picture quality, style, build quality, features for a pocket camera, turn on time

Where it Could Improve

Slower response when flash is used

Verdict

The Canon IXUS 110 IS is a very good pocket camera. I would be happy to own it. Looking at the price tag it is expensive when compared to other models, but it certainly delivers in terms of picture quality, turn in times and style.

Product Shots

Front View

Front View

Back View

Back View

Top View

Top View

Sample Menus

menu setup

menu-2 functions

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Review Date

July 2009

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