Canon Digital IXUS 110 IS

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Canon Digital IXUS 110 IS

Put more in the frame with the 12.1 MP Digital IXUS 110 IS. Combining a wide-angle lens and widescreen 16:9 LCD, it offers a stylish way to shoot beau...

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Review of "Canon Digital IXUS 110 IS"

published 10/09/2009 | je12g08
Member since : 09/09/2009
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Pro Range of features, quality of pictures in night time mode.
Cons Quality of pictures in cloudy weather and low light,
Picture Quality
Range & Quality of Features
Ease of Use

"Ixus 110 - a great point and shoot camera but nothing more."

The looks

*This camera looks great. The curvy design makes it something you won't be embarrassed to carry around with you all the time, and it's the perfect size to keep in your admittedly relatively large pocket, but I'm sure it would fit just fine in most handbags.

The layout

*The Ixus 110 has a relatively minimalist layout which I like very much, but whether such a layout will suit you will definitely be down to personal taste. On the front you've got the flash, lense and autofocus LED, so nothing new there. On the top of the camera there's the shutter relase, shooting mode slider where you select the gallery, photo or video mode, and the on off button. The back of the camera on the other hand sports a much less traditional design, containing the high quality LCD screen and the scroll wheel. Whilst this set up looks great, I found the scroll wheel quite difficult to use and prefer a more traditional layout. Photo review and menu buttons sit above and below the scroll wheel respectively, and that's it.
The features

*The 12 megapixel sensor produces crisp shots in most situations, but suffers slightly in low light conditions or cloudy landscapes. Most compacts however suffer from this to some extent. The 18 possible scene modes are also very useful. When you want to blur the background of a portrait shot or make fireworks that little bit more vivid the various scene modes prove invaluable. I also found selecting the appropriate scene when the camera struggled to take a particular photo, for example in low light and certain landscapes, helped improve the shot dramatically.

*The anti blur feature is one of the biggest let downs with the Ixus 110. Increasing the ISO to decrease the shutter speed is, in my opinion, the least effect way of preventing motion blur. Images taken where this feature has been activated were considerably 'noisier' than images taken without, which were otherwise crisp and clear.

*The HD shooting mode was brilliant. The HDMI port built in makes it easy to hook up to your HDTV or PC. Everything was easy to use here and video quality was very impressive.

*The widescreen lense at 28mm is by no means the widest lense available on a compact, but is considerably better than most compact lenses and produces great pictures in most situations.

*The Ixus 110's rechargeable battery lasted about 150 shots with heavy zooming, making Canon's statement of 200 reasonable.

The bad points

* Image quality really does suffer in cloudy weather and low light, the flash is also not as strong as on some compact cameras.

* The Ixus 110 is a good compact camera overall, suffering in the places most compact cameras suffer. With its HD recording capabilities however the Ixus 110 gains something still relatively unique and thus sits somewhere above the mediocre. The price and whether or not you like the minimalist design on the back are likely to be the main deal breakers here.

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  • Autarkis published 11/09/2009
    Much better :)
  • Autarkis published 10/09/2009
    A well written review, but I would want to know more before parting with £200. If you add anymore to this review, let me know in my guest book and I will happily rerate it for you :)
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Product Information : Canon Digital IXUS 110 IS

Manufacturer's product description

Put more in the frame with the 12.1 MP Digital IXUS 110 IS. Combining a wide-angle lens and widescreen 16:9 LCD, it offers a stylish way to shoot beautiful, expansive still images and HD video.

Product Details

Product Description: Canon Digital IXUS 110 IS - digital camera

Product Type: Digital camera - compact, Digital Camera

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Image Processor: DIGIC 4

Sensor Resolution: 12.1 Megapixel

Lens System: 4 x zoom lens - 5 - 20 mm - f/2.8-5.8

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Digital Zoom: 4 x, 4x

Image Stabiliser: Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Display: LCD display - 2.8"

Supported Battery: 1 x Canon NB-4L Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included ), 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Microsoft Certification: Certified for Windows Vista

Colour: Blue, Silver, Pink, Gold

Dimensions (WxDxH): 9.8 cm x 2.2 cm x 5.4 cm

Weight: 145 g

Manufacturer: Canon

Lens System / Min Focal Length: 0.00500000476837158

Memory Type: External

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CCD

LCD Display Size: 2.80000244140625

Flash Memory / Form Factor: SD/SDHC Memory Card; MultiMedia Card; MultiMedia Card Plus; HC MultiMedia Card Plus

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 12.1

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 4x


MPN: 3582B009, 3580B008, 3583B006AA, 3582B006AA, 3580B006AA, 3581B006AA, 3580B012AA, 3581B009, 3583B011AA, 3583B009, 3581B011AA, 3580B010, 35811B006AA, 3581B008, 3583B008, IXUS110ISS, 3582B008, IXUS110ISP, IXUS110ISG

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

Enclosure Colour: Blue, Silver, Pink, Gold

Sensor Resolution: 12.1 Megapixel

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Effective Sensor Resolution: 12,100,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.3"

Optical Zoom: 4 x

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Image Processor: DIGIC 4

Image Stabiliser: Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Auto Focus Points (Zones) Qty: 9

Face Detection: Blink Detection technology, Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB, Face Detection Self-timer

Digital Video Format: H.264

Image Recording Format: JPEG

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Exposure & White Balance

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 80, ISO 1600, ISO auto, ISO 3200 (2Mpix)

Exposure Metering: Evaluative, centre-weighted, spot

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

Shooting Programs: Portrait mode, slow shutter, stitch assist, fireworks, Underwater, sunset, indoor, foliage, beach, kids & pets, digital macro, night snapshot, snow, high sensitivity, aquarium

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia, Vivid, Colour Accent, Colour Swap, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Green, vivid blue, Vivid Red, Positive Film

White Balance: Custom, automatic, presets

White Balance Presets: Fluorescent, cloudy, tungsten light, daylight

Max Shutter Speed: 1/1600 sec

Min Shutter Speed: 15 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Lens System

Type: 4 x zoom lens - 5 - 20 mm - f/2.8-5.8

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 28 - 112mm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Macro Focus Range: 2cm

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Lens Construction: 5 groups / 7 elements

Features: Built-in lens shield, aspherical lens, UA lens

Camera Flash

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, slow synchro, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction

Features: AF illuminator

Effective Flash Range: 0.3 m - 4 m

Additional Features

Continuous Shooting Speed: 0.8 frames per second

Self Timer Delay: 10 sec, 2sec

Additional Features: Direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, RGB primary colour filter, DPOF support, display brightness control, camera orientation detection, PictBridge support, histogram display, resizing an image, i-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system, Scene Detection Technology, 720p HD movie recording, in-camera red-eye fix, digital tele-converter, safety zoom, Exif Print support, Motion Detection Technology


Type: 2.8" LCD display

Resolution: 230,000 pixels

Display Features: Built-in


Microphone Operation Mode: Mono


Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x HDMI output ¦ 1 x DC power input

Memory Card Slot: SD card


Software: Drivers & Utilities, Canon PhotoStitch, Canon ZoomBrowser EX, Canon ImageBrowser

System Requirements for PC Connection

Operating System Support: Apple Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.5, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP SP2

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive


Certified for Windows Vista: Certified for Windows Vista software and devices have undergone compatibility tests for ease-of-use, better performance and enhanced security.

Included Accessories: Battery charger


Battery Type: Canon NB-4L

Details: 1 x Canon NB-4L Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included ), 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCardplus

Image Storage: JPEG 4000 x 3000 ¦ JPEG 3264 x 2448 ¦ JPEG 2592 x 1944 ¦ JPEG 1600 x 1200 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480 ¦ JPEG 4000 x 2248

Video Capture: H.264 - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ H.264 - 320 x 240 - 30 fps ¦ H.264 - 1280 x 720 - 30 fps

Dimensions & Weight

Width: 9.8 cm

Depth: 2.2 cm

Height: 5.4 cm

Weight: 145 g

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C

Humidity Range Operating: 10 - 90%


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