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Canon Digital IXUS 110 IS Review

Canon IXUS 110 IS

Presenting Canon’s newest range of Digital IXUS compact camera, the Digital IXUS 110 IS, curvaceous and colorful. Read our review to find out how curvaceous and how colorful this new compact camera is and if there are any surprises to be found.


A while ago, Canon added a new member to its Digital IXUS family, the Digital IXUS 110 IS (known as Canon PowerShot Digital ELPH SD 960 IS in the US).

The IXUS 110 IS is designed to fit into ultracompact point-and-shoot category, albeit not being the smallest in terms of physical size, nor any slimmer when compared to its brother, the IXUS 100 IS. But nonetheless, it is still packed with impressive performance and technology.

Canon is certainly generous with resolution, giving the IXUS 110 IS 12.1-megapixels rating and DIGIC 4 processor effectively allowing printing poster-sized photos. The camera also comes with a 28mm wide angle lens and 4x optical zoom (and 4x digital zoom).

The camera offers a Smart Auto mode that uses Canon’s innovative Scene Detection Technology to deliver the simplest point-and-shoot operation by auto determining the best settings for the camera, based on 18 pre-defined shooting situations.

The IXUS 110 IS can also double up as a video camera with the capability to shoot in High Definition movies (1280 x 720, 30fps) and is geared with HDMI output for playback on HDTV. The camera houses a 2.8-inch PureColor II widescreen LCD with 16:9 aspect ratio, providing full screen playback of the HD captures.


Image Sensor   
Camera Effective Pixels
Approx 12.1 Million pixels (CCD)
Focal Length (35 mm film equivalent)
4x zoom: 28(W)-112(T) mm
Focusing Range Normal:
50cm (1.6ft.) – infinity
2 – 50cm (W), 30 – 50cm (T) [0.8in. – 1.6ft. (W), 12in. – 1.6ft. (T)]
Digital Marco:
2 – 50cm (0.8in. – 1.6ft.) (W)
All Range:
2cm – infinity (W), 30cm – infinity (T)
[0.8in. – infinity (W), 1.2ft – infinity (T)]
Image Stabilizer (IS) System
Lens-shift type
Imaging Processor
LCD Monitor  
2.8-inch type*, color LCD with wide viewing angle (Effective dots: Approx 230,000 dots) Pure Color LCD monitor II
*Aspect Ratio 16:9
Brightness adjustment (5 levels, Quick-bright LCD)
AF (Face Detect AiAF*1 center*2)
*1If no face is detected, AiAF (9-points) are used.
*2Normal or small sizes can be selected.
Metering System
Evaluative*1, Center-weighted average, Spot*2
*1 Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detect AiAF
*2 Fixed to center
ISO Speed (Standard Output Sensitivity, Recommended Exposure Index)
Auto*, ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600
*Subject movement is taken into account while shooting in Auto mode
White Balance
Auto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Custom
* The colors of faces are evaluated in Face Detect AiAF
1 – 1/1600 sec.
15 – 1/1600 sec. (Total Shutter speed range)
Circular type
f/2.8 – f/5.6 (W), f/5.8 – f/11 (T) (use ND filter together)
30cm – 4.0m (W), 30cm – 2.0m (T)
[12in. – 13ft. (W), 12in. – 6.6ft. (T)]
Shooting Specifications   
Shooting Modes
Auto*, P, Portrait, Night Snapshot, Kids & Pets, Indoor, Sunset, Fireworks, Long Shutter, Beach, Underwater, Aquarium, Foliage, Snow, ISO 3200, Digital Marco, Color Accent, Color Swap, Stitch Assist, Movie
*Optimum Image processing for each scene
Digital Zoom
Still images/Movies: Approx. 4.0x (up to approx. 16x in combination with the optical zoom), Safety Zoom, Digital Tele-converter
Main Features (Differences)
Blink detection
Continuous Shooting
Approx. 0.8 shots/sec.
Number of Images Shot (CIPA)
Aprox. 200 images
Recording Specifications   
Recording Media
SD memory card, SDHC memory card, MultiMediaCard, MMCplus card, HC MMCplus card
File Format
Design rule for camera file system, DPOF (Version 1.1) compliant
Data Type Still Images:
Exif 2.2 (JPEG)
MOV [Image data: H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM (monaural)]
Number of Recording Pixels Still Images:
Large: 4000 x 3000,
Medium 1: 3264 x 2448,
Medium 2: 2592 x 1944,
Medium 3: 1600 x 1200,
Small: 640 x 480,
Widescreen: 4000 x 2248
Date imprint is available in all recording pixels
Standard, Color Accent, Color Swap: HD 1280 x 720 (30fps)/640 x 480 (30fps)/320 x 240 (30fps) (not compatible with AVI)
Playback Specifications   
Main Features Still Images:
Index playback with a variable number of images
Display Languages
26 languages
Digital input/output [Hi-Speed USB*1 (MTP, PTP supported)] Digital video and audio output*2 (HDMI compliant) Video and audio output*1
*1 Unified connector for digital, video and audio (mini-B compatible)
*2 HDMI Mini Connector
Power Source
Battery Pack NB-4L
AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC10
Dimensions (excluding protrusions)
97.9 x 54.1 x 22.1 mm (3.85x 2.13 x 0.87 in.)
Weight (camera body only)
Approx. 145g (5.11oz.)

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